Celebrating over twenty years since their formation in 1990 is Converge, an uncompromising hardcore, metalcore and every-other-core you can think of band straight out of Salem (that's the town famous for the witch trials).
Their own brand of metal brutality might well have gone under the judicial microscope back in the 17th-century, taking influence from other earlier pioneers of hardcore or thrash such as Black Flag, Slayer and Entombed, with a dark satanic edge not unlike the great Black Sabbath. Let's be honest here - Converge probably won't be photographed in full colour, wearing goofy baseball caps, throwing paint around a studio and tweeting "ROFL OMG we're STOKED to be supporting My Leg Has Been Eaten By A Dolphin on tour, f*** yeah!" any time soon. The fact that their Twitter handle is Convergecult should be a warning enough - these men mean business.
And from around the end of the century, business has been getting and better for the band - after a colonic line-up change post the aptly-titled album 'When Forever Comes Crashing' in 1999, Converge have become leaner, meaner and a mighty force. They cracked America's stale Billboard 100 in 2009 with the last album 'Axe to Fall' and look to be doing the same with 2012's upcoming 'All We Love We Leave Behind', due out in October on Epitaph.
Also on Converge's agenda is a massive world tour in the autumn, which naturally involves a deviation to the British Isles. Armed with a cracking support line-up that rounds-up the likes of Touche Amore, A Storm of Light and The Secret, the dates will commence in London on 25th November, followed by Birmingham, Colchester, Glasgow and Manchester, before heading to Ireland's capital on the 30th. The foursome will return to the UK on 1st December for a night in Brighton.
We will have tickets on sale from 9am on Friday 24th August with prices starting at £13.50.