Sun Nov 11 2012

8:00 PM (Doors 6:30 PM)

Highline Ballroom

431 W. 16th Street New York, NY 10011

$20.00

All Ages

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Rocks Off Presents
Converge
Torche, Kvelertak, Whips/Chains

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  • Converge

    Converge

    Heavy Metal

    Formed in the winter of 1990 in Boston, MA, during the rise and subsequent fall of the legendary Boston hardcore scene, Converge is unarguably one of the most important bands in the history of aggressive music. Through numerous lineup changes (the band is currently comprised of vocalist and visual design terrorist Jacob Bannon, drummer Ben Koller, guitarist and backup vocalist Kurt Ballou, and bassist and backup vocalist Nate Newton), musical trends (mosh, tech, guys crying and wearing make-up, and the '80s thrash revival), and the coming and going of more "the next great thing" than anyone cares to recall, Converge has established itself as a leader in the aggressive music underground.

    It seems redundant to use the word "landmark" when discussing Converge's musical canon, as almost every album is genre-defining, but the band's run is unparalleled. Releases such as Petitioning the Empty Sky (1997), When Forever Comes Crashing (1998), Jane Doe (2001), You Fail Me (2004), No Heroes (2006), and Axe to Fall (2009) have established Converge as a trendsetter and an innovator, setting new standards in hardcore and metal with each release. These records have evolved the band – from its thrash-inspired, hardcore-drenched beginnings to slower, more ominous and atmospheric work, and eventually to all-out tsunami-of-hostility, hell-bent on leveling creation – and have produced new waves of followers and emulators.

    After the decisive step forward that was 2009's brain-shattering Axe to Fall, Converge has found time between its relentless touring and work with other side bands to create its next album, All We Love We Leave Behind. Due out later this year, the album will surely be another milestone in the storied history of this band – an outfit that stands among the most influential players in the hardcore genre.

  • Torche

    Torche

    Heavy Metal

    Miami has earned its fair share of notoriety over the last 30 years, but most of it has been nothing to brag about. The Liberty City Riots, the Mariel Boatlift, and the Cocaine Wars of the early '80s recast the formerly sleepy beach town and retirement colony as a lawless urban hellscape crowded with pimps, powder queens, and cutthroats, where liquor store shootouts, revenge bombings, and police corruption threatened to drown the tourist trade in an ocean of blood, booze, and yayo. But now the peace-loving citizens of Miami finally have something they can hoist high as an enduring emblem of cultural and civic pride (besides KC & The Sunshine Band, Gloria Estefan, and 2 Live Crew, obviously).

    Enter Torche, the four-pronged Floridian colossus that has steamrolled its way across the international underground in the last several years. Led by vocalist and guitarist Steve Brooks (formerly of doom dropouts Floor), the band unfurled its self-titled debut in 2005. The album's glorious half-hour of blissed-out power-grooves, triumphant vocal harmonies, and cosmic resonance was variously hailed as "stoner pop," "thunder rock," and "doom pop," but a consensus was quickly reached within the Fourth Estate: both the underground and mainstream press had their hands halfway down their pants just thinking about listening to Torche.

    Since the seismic shift of its first release, Torche has continued its all-out dominance of the underground ludge metal world with releases like In Return (2007), Meanderthal (2008), Healer / Across the Shields (2009), and Songs for Singles (2010). Harmonicraft (2012), the band's latest release, finds the group getting "the most heavy metal out of pop's bite-sized portions" (AllMusic.com). About the album, Volcum Entertainment declared: "Torche delivers a heaping helping of tasty riffs and 'rip with a smile' melodic rock songs that are sure to propel them out of the underground metal scene and into the stratospheric realms of rock 'n' roll demigods."

  • Kvelertak

    Kvelertak

    Heavy Metal

    Norwegian band Kvelertak has carved itself a unique niche in the global hard rock scene. The band shamelessly draws inspiration from every corner of the world, using anything that fits into its brand of hard-hitting, catchy rock 'n' roll. This group disregards genre but always remains truthful to the basic idea of the band; good songs performed with the tongue-in-cheek attitude of the group's punk-rock pioneers. Unlike the majority of heavier bands, Kvelertak also performs in its members' native language, adding even more character to its already unique sound.

    2010 saw Kvelertak explode onto the scene, releasing its self-titled debut album, supporting Converge and Kylesa on their European tour, and headlining a European tour of its own in the fall. Since then, the band has continued touring Europe and beyond, steadily growing its enthusiastic fan base. Don't miss the outfit that Simon Young of Kerrang called "the best Norwegian band since A-Ha."

  • Whips/Chains

    Whips/Chains

    Punk

Rocks Off Presents

Converge
Torche, Kvelertak, Whips/Chains

Sun Nov 11 2012 8:00 PM

(Doors 6:30 PM)

Highline Ballroom New York NY
Converge, Torche, Kvelertak, Whips/Chains
  • Sorry, there are currently no tickets available through TicketWeb.

$20.00 All Ages

On sale Friday, August 24th at noon.

Special offer for American Express® Cardmembers to select Highline Ballroom events. Get your ticket before the general public!