Recorded as part of their new album sessions, Converge offer up the blazing new song “No Light Escapes.” Already a staple of their live set, this whirlwind of an emotional charged song is a soon to be a discordant hardcore/metal anthem for the band. Also on the release, Converge offer a “We Are The World” styled rendition of the influential Entombed classic “Wolverine Blues“. Joining them in tribute is a number of friends including Tomas Lindberg (Disfear, At The Gates, Lock Up), Aaron Turner (Isis, Old Man Gloom, Split Cranium), Kevin Baker (APMD, The Hope Conspiracy), Brian Izzi (Trap Them), and more. A new Converge album will surface later in 2012 on Epitaph/Deathwish.
On the flip side, metal pioneers Napalm Death offer up two new aural monsters. First, “Will By Mouth” erupts in classic grind fashion. A buzz of brutal guitars and a crushing blast beat lay a foundation for Barney Greenway’s vicious vocal attack. All of it uniquely bleeding together to paint a vivid picture of social unrest. Also on the release, Napalm Death offer the slower and textural new song “No Impediment To Triumph (Bhopal)”. A deeply resonant number that lyrically sheds light on the horrific Bhopal Gas Tragedy of 1984. Without question, “No Impediment…” is truly a powerful and poignant moment for this legendary band.
01. No Light Escapes – Converge
02. Wolverine Blues – Converge
03. Will By Mouth – Napalm Death
04. No Impediment To Triumph (Bophal) – Napalm Death
Wolfbrigade aren’t a band I’m familiar with, despite having a career stretching back to 2001 and playing under the name Wolfpack for five years prior to that. However thanks to the combination of the impeccable taste of American Aftermath and the work of Southern Lord records, I’ll get a chance to hear the new full length Damned from these Swedish d-beat merchants in April with ‘Peace Of Mind‘ being the brilliant first impression. Fans of Black Breath, Disfear and Dead In The Dirt should easily find something to love about ‘Peace Of Mind‘ whether it be the scorching tremolo leads, the deep hardcore shouts or the pummeling drums.
01. Judgement Awaits You
02. Agony Of The Damned
04. Red Winter
05. Nowhere To Run
06. I Am Disease
07. In The Depths (Of Your Mind)
08. The Liars Are Burning
10. Sound The Charge
If you haven’t already, head over here and read Stefan’s incredibly insightful piece on the shifting use of bright colours in the cover artwork of metal bands. When I first saw the artwork for Conjure And Command it instantly reminded me of that article and more specifically how it bucks the trend. Whilst Toxic Holocaust‘s previous record An Overdose Of Death… was a masterclass in garish radioactive shades of green and purple, Conjure And Command swings in completely the opposite direction and goes instead for a vintage monochrome cover which wouldn’t be out of place emblazoned on Fenriz’s Band Of The Week Blog. It’s an interesting switch but more important is how much the visual change represents the shift in the music.
As well as being a year for great music, it turns out that 2011 is full of heavy losses for the metal world. Unfortunately on Friday the 25th of March Henrik Frykman, bassist of the excellent d-beat band Disfear, passed away in his home after a battle with cancer. My thoughts and condolences go out to his friends and his family and I will definitely be blasting Live The Storm all day.