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WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 4, 2009

Critics Rave About Converge's New Album

After months of anticipation, groundbreaking metal/hardcore band Converge has released their highly anticipated new album, Axe To Fall.

Three years after their celebrated album No Heroes, critics agree that metal and hardcore's most aggressive band, Converge, have delivered one of the best albums of their career and one of the best metal/hardcore albums of the year. Not only has Axe To Fall been praised by metal and hardcore fans and critics, but it's also captured the undivided attention of indie and rock audiences, exposing one of underground metal/hardcore's most uncompromising bands to mainstream audiences around the world.

Converge are currently blowing minds and filling pits across the US on tour with Mastodon, High on Fire and Dethklok. Don't miss an exhilarating performance from the world's most aggressive band.

WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING ABOUT AXE TO FALL:

"...a record that rivals "Jane Doe" and anything else that's come out this year" - Decibel (10/10)

"...your entire genre just saw its bar raised another 50 feet." - Revolver (4.5/5)

"thrilling, shattering, explosive" - PopMatters (9/10)

"Converge are this generation's Black Flag" - Pitchfork (8.5/10)

"The band still sounds like Converge, but like a Converge that's been around for 19 years and continues adding distinctively new details to their attack." - Stereogum.com

"...they've earned a reputation so formidable it'd give a lesser band performance anxiety." - Chicago Reader

"Converge merges the speed of hardcore, the virtuosity of metal and the guttural agonies of thrash, and its seventh album, "Axe to Fall," hurtles through a new batch of imprecations and apocalypses." - New York Times

"The kings of underground hardcore metal deliver so consistently that it becomes an exercise in finding new ways to say, "They still shred." - Inked

"The 13 songs encapsulate so much bitterness, rage, and fury in their brief, flickering existence, we might as well be talking about a Dali painting or an allegorical poem" - Outburn (10/10)

"perhaps the Massachusetts foursome's most accomplished record to date." - BBC

""Axe to Fall" is a big step forward for them" - Allmusic.com (4.5/5)

"Boston, MA, metal heads Converge have captured the destructive force of a wrecking ball in the song ("Axe To Fall")... and it rocks!" - SPIN.com

"If the world's really going to hell in a handbasket, this could well herald in the horsemen" - Kerrang! (4/5)

"...a corrosive symphony of punishing hardcore, unexpected touches of space rock and back-breaking metal, all held together by Bannon's psychoanalytical lyrics." - Boston Herald

""Axe to Fall" is a blistering metallic masterpiece" - Riverfront Times

""Axe", in all its variety, is far and away the most accessible - and dare I say the most fun - music Converge have made." - The Boston Phoenix

""Axe to Fall" encapsulates the creative arc of a long career, and proves that intelligence and imagination rule, no matter how thuggish the initial impulse." - The Big Takeover

"... Converge are showing neither the barest hint of slippage or fatigue whilst penning some of the most frantic, ferocious and God damn unrelenting music of their lives" - Rock Sound (UK) (9/10)

"...their furious extreme-metal jams churn with a tightly honed precision the band abjured on 2006's raw No Heroes and 2004's sludgy "You Fail Me."" - LA Weekly

""Axe to Fall" is a dazzling array of white-hot metal riffing in amongst colossal grooves and thick-textured soundscapes. To even be causing the debate of whether or not it's a better album than ‘Jane Doe' is a remarkable achievement and is testament to the quality of the band's latest and perhaps greatest." - Metal Hammer (UK)

""Axe" is a rampage of intricate drumming and six-string heroics." - Cleveland Scene

""Axe to Fall" is like mainlining adrenaline" - Westword

""Axe to Fall," shreds pretty damn hard" - Miami New Times

"There's plenty of other goodies to sink your teeth into on "Axe to Fall"" - Shockhound.com

"Is there any other group more qualified than Converge to hold the 'Most Influential Hardcore Band of the Last Decade' title?" - Lambgoat.com (8/10)

""Axe to Fall" is 110% CONVERGE and has easily succeeded in meeting (and quite possibly surpassing) everyone's expectations." - Apeshit.org

"Even though they cemented their place in the metal hall of fame years ago, Converge continues to challenge themselves and release music that blows every other band out of the water." - Absolutepunk.net (90%)

"possibly the best album of Converge's career." - Metalinjection.net (4.5/5)

""Axe to Fall" features some of the band's tightest, most interesting songwriting, as well as providing one of the most satisfying repeat listens of any Converge album." - Metalsucks.net (4.5/5)

"Truly, with "Axe To Fall" the band have proudly delivered another cornerstone album in their already impressive discography. A ravenous sonic envelopment that defines all their best traits, while trailblazing for future avenues yet to be fully explored." - ThePrp.com (5/5)

"Metalcore album of the year" - TheMetalUnderground.com (4.5/5)

"one of the best heavy metal albums of 2009, if not the best." - Ultimate-Guitar.com (9.3/10)

"Converge has elected growth over rote, choosing to create an album of challenging depth and horrifying beauty that still respects and builds on the balls-to-the-wall ferocity of the band's previous work." - Blogcritics.org

"Converge has yet again proven why they are one of the most revered underground bands ever to lay music to tape. "Axe to Fall" isn't just another album - it represents the anger, the sadness and the unrest faced by us all in this time of socioeconomic instability and fear. It is the sound of discontent and the cry of the masses. Let us stand together and sing its praises.
- Decoymusic.com (5/5)

Converge Tour Dates:

11/04: Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore w/ Mastodon, Dethklok, High On Fire
11/05: Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle w/ Mastodon, Dethklok, High On Fire
11/06: Myrtle Beach, SC @ House Of Blues w/ Mastodon, Dethklok, High On Fire 11/07: Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live w/ Mastodon, Dethklok, High On Fire
11/08: Pompano Beach, FL @ Pompano Beach Amphit w/ Mastodon, Dethklok, High On Fire
11/11: Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues w/ Mastodon, Dethklok, High On Fire
11/12: Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theater w/ Mastodon, Dethklok, High On Fire
11/13: Austin, TX @ Austin City Music Hall w/ Mastodon, Dethklok, High On Fire
11/14: Tulsa, OK @ Brady Theater w/ Mastodon, Dethklok, High On Fire
11/16: Las Cruces, NM @ Pan American Center w/ Mastodon, Dethklok, High On Fire
11/17: Mesa, AZ @ Marquee Theatre w/ Mastodon, Dethklok, High On Fire
11/18: Las Vegas, House of Blues w/ Mastodon, Dethklok, High On Fire
11/19: Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium w/ Mastodon, Dethklok, High On Fire
11/20: Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium w/ Mastodon, Dethklok, High On Fire
11/21: San Jose, CA @ Event Center w/ Mastodon, Dethklok, High On Fire
05/28: Baltimore, MD @ Maryland Deathfest w/ Entombed, Obituary, 16, and more

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