Fourth Annual Decibel Magazine Tour Lineup + Dates Announced
At the Gates, Converge and Vallenfyre headline metal mag’s latest national tour this March
The Decibel Magazine Tour has established itself as the extreme music destination of the spring, bringing metalheads a thoughtfully curated lineup that celebrates the genre’s proud and diverse global legacy. The fourth installment is no different, as Swedish melodeath legends At the Gates join forces with U.S. hardcore heroes Converge and U.K. death/doom supergroup Vallenfyre, with yet one more very special opener to be announced this December.
Last year, Decibel brought you Carcass’s first sustained domestic tour in five years, as the reanimated death metal legends introduced North America to long-awaited comeback album Surgical Steel. In 2015, we’re stoking fans’ salivary glands again, offering the first live taste of death metal icons At the Gates’ incredible 19-years-in-the-making At War With Reality. Presented by Century Media, IndieMerchstore.com, Nuclear Blast Mailorder, Handshake Inc., Lace Music, Deathwish Inc and Profound Lore, the 2015 Decibel Magazine Tour will slaughter the souls of North American concertgoers for 15 unforgettable dates, offering a bounty of extreme trailblazers making their best music right now.
“Super-stoked at finally getting to be part of the Decibel tour!”enthuses At the Gates frontman Tomas Lindberg. “A great mag, with great people behind it! And finally being able to rip out new stuff in front of a U.S. club audience? Sweet! The bill looks amazing, too! The most relevant hardcore band on the planet and the fiercest old-school death metal band on the same night as us? Excited!”
Four-time Decibel cover stars Converge continue to not just push, but outright obliterate the boundaries of extreme music, most recently with our favorite album of 2012, All We Love We Leave Behind. “We are excited to be part of this fantastic and diverse tour,” says frontman Jacob Bannon, who designed the tour logo and art. “For me, At the Gates are one of the most important bands in contemporary heavy music. It will be an honor to tour the country with them.”
Boasting present and past members of Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride and At the Gates, old-school death-dealing supergroup Vallenfyre can’t wait to debut songs from 2014’s critically acclaimed sophomore stunner, Splinters. “This will be Vallenfyre’s first U.S. tour, and what a tour,” beams frontman Gregor Mackintosh. “I think this is the most diverse and exciting bill of any metal tour I have seen this year. Great to be a part of it. We will be injecting some British filth into your unsuspecting American ears. Cheers.”
We know you can’t wait to GO to war with this lineup either, so here’s your chance to score a great deal and avoid standing in line. There will be a number of VIP premium packages available in each market, providing you with a limited edition T-shirt, 18 x 24 tour poster, “Skip the Line” pass, exclusive digital tour issue of Decibel Magazine, a coupon for 15% off a purchase on Indie Merch’s webstore, and free digital sampler from Century Media. The price of this package is less than you would spend on a ticket and a tour shirt at the show! More details, including ticket info, are available at www.decibelmagazinetour.com
2015 DECIBEL MAGAZINE TOUR DATES
Friday, March 27 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
Saturday, March 28 San Francisco, CA The Regency Ballroom
Sunday, March 29 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
Monday, March 30 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
Tuesday, March 31 Seattle, WA Showbox at the Market
Thursday, April 2 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
Friday, April 3 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
Saturday, April 4 Lincoln, NE Bourbon Street
Sunday, April 5 Minneapolis, MN Mill City Nights
Monday, April 6 Chicago, IL House of Blues
Wednesday, April 8 Toronto, ON The Phoenix
Thursday, April 9 Montreal, QC Metropolis
Friday, April 10 Boston, MA Royale
Saturday, April 11 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
Sunday, April 12 New York, NY Webster Hall
Hails to our partners!
03/27: Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern w/ At the Gates, Vallenfyre
03/28: San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom w/ At the Gates, Vallenfyre
03/30: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom w/ At the Gates, Vallenfyre
03/31: Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market w/ At the Gates, Vallenfyre
04/02: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex w/ At the Gates, Vallenfyre
04/03: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall w/ At the Gates, Vallenfyre
04/04: Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Street w/ At the Gates, Vallenfyre
04/05: Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights w/ At the Gates, Vallenfyre
04/06: Chicago, IL @ House of Blues w/ At the Gates, Vallenfyre
04/08: Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix w/ At the Gates, Vallenfyre
04/09: Montreal, QC @ Metropolis w/ At the Gates, Vallenfyre
04/10: Boston, MA @ Royale w/ At the Gates, Vallenfyre
04/11: New York, NY @ Webster Hall w/ At the Gates, Vallenfyre
04/11: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer w/ At the Gates, Vallenfyre
05/29: Bristol, UK @ Temples Festival w/ Trap Them, YAITW, Harm's Way, and more
"Pound For Pound: The Wolverine Blues Sessions" Digital EP from Converge features our rendition of "Wolverine Blues" originally written and performed by Entombed, presented as five different tracks.
Each vocalist recorded a full version of the song which we used to compile into the final version included on the Converge and Napalm Death Split 7"EP. This Digital EP is the complete mixes of each guest vocalist who contributed to the final track, presented as five unique versions of the song.
1. Wolverine Blues w/ Aaron Turner (Isis, Old Man Gloom, etc)
2. Wolverine Blues w/ Jacob Bannon (Converge, Wear Your Wounds)
3. Wolverine Blues w/ Kevin Baker (APMD, The Hope Conspiracy, etc)
4. Wolverine Blues w/ Nate Newton (Converge, Doomriders, Old Man Gloom, etc)
5. Wolverine Blues w / Tompa (Disfear, At The Gates, etc) and Kurt (Converge, etc)
If you like what you here, please support all of the artists by purchasing our music and apparel.
This release is now available via the Converge Store, DW Estore, and Hydra Head Store.
As part of the mission to revitalize their great label, Hydra Head have released "Caring and Killing" the first original recordings from Converge, on vinyl. Our friends at Daymare Recordings in Japan have also issued a CD version (exclusive to Japan).
This is not new music.
This collection of early Converge material from 1991 to 1994 has existed for many years on CD and Digital formats. However this new and improved version of this release features revamped packaging from Aaron Turner and J. Bannon. The release has also been remastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music and in sonically superior to any previous versions on the release.
More at http://reidhaithcock.tumblr.com/
Special thanks to Max Moore for all his hard work on this project.
August 28th, 2012 – Los Angeles, CA. – Heavy music’s most established and innovative band, Converge will release their highly anticipated new studio album, All We Love We Leave Behind on October 9th, along with a deluxe package that includes a 48 page full-color hardcover, clothbound book with original art created by front-man Jacob Bannon via Epitaph (vinyl on Deathwish).
Accompanying the track "Aimless Arrow,” is a new video directed by talented filmmaker Max Moore (Whips/Chains, Code Orange Kids, etc) that visually expands on the heavy emotional lyrical content that the song carries. Considered one of the most intense, important, and influential metal/hardcore bands of all time, the band's latest album is the most integral album to date in a catalog that's celebrated to an almost religious degree by countless fans of punk, metal and hardcore.
Creating the most antagonistic and artistic heavy album of the year, the single “Aimless Arrow,” demonstrates the uncompromising, evolutionary new experimentation in All We Love We Leave Behind, which breaks the most aggressive form of music down to its barebones. The new single can be heard on Pitchfork.com now.
For the first time in years, All We Love We Leave Behind is an album that contains no special guests or outside collaborators and every aspect of the music, production and aesthetics of the album was handled by Converge in order to give listeners an unfiltered glimpse into the creative vision of these Boston-based innovators.
Recorded and mixed by guitarist Kurt Ballou at his renowned Godcity Studios in Salem, Massachusetts, All We Love We Leave Behind is a no-frills Converge album that sees the band—which also features vocalist Jacob Bannon, bassist Nate Newton and drummer Ben Koller—eschewing fancy production techniques in order to create seventeen songs that work as a cohesive whole yet can also stand on their own. "There's no artificial distortion, triggers, or Auto-Tune on this album," Ballou explains, "it's all organic, it’s real sounds that capture the way the band performs live."
"I think we really stepped up our game on this record. The most important thing to this band is that with every album we want to create something that excites us and moves us in some way," explains Bannon. "There are a lot of subtle nuances on this record are really special to us and we definitely hit those individually on this record."
From the classic rock-inflected, guitar tapping madness of "Sadness Comes Home" to the technical acrobatics of "Aimless Arrow" and relentless assault of "Shame In The Way," All We Love We Leave Behind is an extremely varied album that has enough sonic shifts to captivate each listener's attention. "It's always been important for us to have a lot of dynamics in our music because no one wants to listen to a million miles an hour all the time," Bannon responds when asked about the melodic mid-tempo groove of a song like "Coral Blue."
Have been credited with giving rise to a genre and influencing countless bands all over the world, Converge, have always been the type of band that never fit into one subculture, creating a sound that is entirely their own. The band credit that to the fact that since their 2001 landmark album Jane Doe, they haven't had any member changes and maintain the unwavering individualism and uncompromising artistic vision they had when they formed over 21 years ago.
As we await the release of All We Love We Leave Behind, Converge will share their storied catalog with fans across the US, beginning September 1st at FYF FEST, along with a Fall U.S. tour with Torche, Kvelertak, and special guests Nails and Whips/Chains."
Following the critically herald and exceptionally acclaimed 2010 release, Axe to Fall, be prepared for 2012’s most intense album of the year, All We Love We Leave Behind.
"All We Love We Leave Behind" Deluxe CD and vinyl Track Listing:
Aimless Arrow - 2:23
Trespasses - 2:43
Tender Abuse - 1:25
Sadness Comes Home - 3:12
Empty On The Inside - 2:29
Sparrow's Fall - 1:27
Glacial Pace - 4:25
No Light Escapes (bonus) - 0:51
Vicious Muse - 1:52
Veins And Veils - 2:32
Coral Blue - 4:48
Shame In The Way - 1:57
On My Shield (bonus) - 4:14
Precipice - 1:47
All We Love We Leave Behind - 4:07
Runaway (bonus) - 2:03
Predatory Glow - 3:25