CONVERGE: SALEM’S METALCORE VETS SEND HOME THE GUESTS FOR AN EXPLOSIVE NEW ALBUM TEXT By Jeff Terich Photos by Thomas Sweertvaegher and Reid Haithcock
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consistently devastating and innovative hardcore bands on the planet doesn’t come easy. In fact, it requires countless hours of hard work, a highly disciplined work ethic, and a level of stamina that even the youngest punks in the game can’t always muster.
Epitaph, is every bit the frenetic, necksnapping metalcore monster that two decades of aggressive precedent could have promised it to be. Yet even when sticking to some of the band’s shortest, most explosive hardcore throw-downs, front-man Jacob Bannon explains, there’s a dedication to craft and perfection that’s not always apparent to the casual listener.
“There are some songs that come together on any album in an hour or two, and some For nearly 20 years, Salem, Massachutake two years,” Bannon says. “And some setts-based metalcore titan Converge has of those songs that take a year are only continually pushed its intense sound to a minute-and-a-half long. But we try to new and progressively head-spinning resolve songs, not just stack riffs on top of extremes, hammering out 90-second each other. explosions of speed and energy on one track, while delving into a gut-wrenching mixture of emotion and melody the next. “We put a lot into writing and recording,” he continues. “There’s a lot of refinement. Though expectations are best left wide There’s a lot of attention paid to detail. open when approaching a new album And a lot of people may miss that because from the group, two things remain constant: it’ll never be half-assed, and it most we sound like a lot of noise to them.” certainly won’t be boring. Recorded three years after Axe to Fall, its 2009 predecessor, All We Love We Leave All We Love We Leave Behind, Converge’s Behind presents a back-to-basics sort of eighth full-length album and fourth for ISSUE 40