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2012: A melodic year in metal

For me, this year was about the riff .

By JONAH LIVINGSTON  |  December 21, 2012
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Converge go back to basics

For most Bostonians of a certain age, Converge's Jane Doe (2001) is always going to be "that" record. But sentimentality aside, the metal/hardcore quartet's latest, All We Love We Leave Behind — out Tuesday on Epitaph — bangs right up against it.

By JANSSEN MCCORMICK  |  October 05, 2012
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Doomriders continue their forward march

It's hard to begrudge Doomriders' front man Nate Newton when he stops in the midst of rattling off the band's tours with the likes of Red Sparowes, Clutch, and Disfear, among others, in the two years since the release of Darkness Come Alive off Salem-b
On the grind
By JANSSEN MCCORMICK  |  October 14, 2011
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Dear ‘girlfriend metal’: Fuck you and the Facebook page you rode in on

I had no idea that the term "girlfriend metal" was used anywhere outside my immediate circle of snarky, elitist Brooklyn-based friends.
Take this genre and shove it
By KIM KELLY  |  August 26, 2011
[live review] Converge @ Middle East

[live review] Converge @ Middle East


At last night’s CONVERGE show at the Middle East in Cambridge, it was evident the single clenched fist has replaced the double “devil horns” as...
By Sam Ueda  |  May 23, 2011
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2009: The year in local pop

When I think back on 2009, I feel the same pleasant discomfort you get at the end of a John Hughes movie, when suddenly all the jocks and dorks and punks are good friends. This year, hardcore denizens of time-worn niches came out of hiding and acted al
The '09 mixtape
By MATT PARISH  |  December 25, 2009


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VIDEO: Our 10 most popular videos from 2009

The most popular videos from the Phoenix in 2009
Hardcore bands, porn stars, vampires, zombies, and vandals
By BOSTON PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 18, 2009
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Dethklok: Even Better Than The Real Thing

Heavy metal’s primary contradiction: given a fanbase that is often concerned with detecting what is and isn't "real" metal, so much of what constitutes "real" "metal" is made up of 100-percent pure fantasy.
With Mastodon, Converge, and High on Fire, live at the House of Blues, October 28, 2009
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 30, 2009
PODCAST: Dethklok foe Malcolm McDowell speaks [MP3]

PODCAST: Dethklok foe Malcolm McDowell speaks [MP3]


Malcolm McDowell at Rock & Shock 2009Starting tomorrow, metal worshipers will be descending on the House of Blues for two nights of "mind-throttling chasm-fording riff...
By Shaula Clark  |  October 26, 2009
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An unstoppable force

Appreciation of Converge is one of those things that comes after you stop trying too hard, like driving stick without stalling at the red lights.
This time is (once again) right for Converge
By MATT PARISH  |  October 16, 2009
Converge invents new use for Twitter: "street justice" for album leaks

Converge invents new use for Twitter: "street justice" for album leaks


Pointy-eared, ivory-tower webternet theorists and starched-collar marketing gurus love to talk about the power of social networking. And major record labels have spent millions combatting...
By Carly Carioli  |  October 07, 2009


Heaviest tour ever: Dethklok. Mastodon. High on Fire. Converge. Coming Fall 2009.

Heaviest tour ever: Dethklok. Mastodon. High on Fire. Converge. Coming Fall 2009.


 Holy fuck. This is some "had a dream last night that they put this crazy tour together" type shit. Since all the great metal tour names...
By Carly Carioli  |  August 04, 2009

Boston to host massive "Great American Hardcore Fest" at ICC, Lido in September


Organizers today announced the long-awaited lineup for this fall's GREAT AMERICAN HARDCORE FEST, a g...
By Carly Carioli  |  June 03, 2009

VIDEO: Converge live at the ICC


By Carly Carioli  |  April 02, 2009