CONVERGE: New Album, Axe to Fall, Drops October 20th

Lambgoat has revealed that CONVERGE‘s new album will carry the title Axe to Fall, and is scheduled for release on October 20th through Epitaph Records (with vinyl to come via Deathwish Inc.).

Axe to Fall, which was recorded at guitarist Kurt Ballou’s Godcity studio in Salem, MA, features a flurry of guest contributions from Steve Brodsky (CAVE IN), Adam McGrath (CAVE IN), J.R. Connors (CAVE IN, DOOMRIDERS), Uffe Cederlund (DISFEAR, ex-ENTOMBED), John Pettibone (THE VOWS, HIMSA), Steve Von Till (NEUROSIS), and Mookie Singerman (GENGHIS TRON). Artwork was, once again, crafted by singer Jacob Bannon.

Here’s the full album track list:
01. “Dark Horse
02. “Reap What You Sow
03. “Axe To Fall
04. “Effigy
05. “Worms Will Feed
06. “Wishing Well
07. “Damages
08. “Losing Battle
09. “Dead Beat
10. “Cutter
11. “Slave Driver
12. “Cruel Bloom
13. “Wretched World

The band will be touring extensively in support of the new album with a slot on the MASTODON and DETHKLOK tour.  CONVERGE will also be playing off-tour dates and making festival appearances including this year’s F Yeah Fest and Maryland Deathfest.

CONVERGE, THE RED CHORD, GENGHIS TRON to Embark on U.S. Tour

The first confirmed tour dates for the Lambs For Lions Tour 2K8 featuring CONVERGE, THE RED CHORD, and GENGHIS TRON have been announced. Select shows will also feature BARONESS and COLISEUM.

03/30: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium w/ BARONESS
04/01: NYC, NY @ The Blender Theatre @ Gramercy w/ BARONESS
04/03: Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s Downunder w/ BARONESS
04/04: Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick w/ BARONESS
04/05: Chicago, IL @ Reggies Rock Club (2 Nights) w/ BARONESS
04/06: Chicago, IL @ Reggies Rock Club (2 Nights) w/ BARONESS
04/08: Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club w/ BARONESS
04/09: Sioux Falls, SD @ Nutty’s North w/ BARONESS
04/10: Iowa City, IA @ The Picador w/ BARONESS
04/11: Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground w/ BARONESS
04/12: Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck w/ BARONESS
04/13: Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre w/ BARONESS
04/15: Boise, ID @ The Venue w/ BARONESS
04/16: Portland, OR @ Satyricon w/ BARONESS
04/18: Los Angeles, CA @ Knitting Factory w/ BARONESS
04/19: Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse w/ BARONESS
04/20: Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse Music Venue w/ BARONESS
04/22: Austin, TX @ Red 7 w/ COLISEUM
04/23: Dallas, TX @ The Door w/ COLISEUM
04/24: Houston, TX @ Red Room @ Meridian w/ COLISEUM
04/26: St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre w/ COLISEUM

YAKUZA Offers In-Studio Update, New Video Footage

Chicago’s YAKUZA has offered an update from the studio online (http://www.prostheticrecords.com/yakuza-instudio.html), in addition to posting some new video footage on the band’s MySpace page (http://www.myspace.com/yakuza) featuring the video for “Chicago Typewriter,” as well as live footage.

“Alright, got the drums done over at Electrical Audio – the home of Steve Albini in Chicago,” frontman Bruce Lamont said. “Now we have moved into Volume Recording / Semaphore Studios for the duration of the recording for Transmutations. Sanford [Parker, producer] (MINSK, PELICAN, RWAKE) is killin it. Keep you posted.”

YAKUZA began demoing new material in the band’s hometown at Semifour Studios for Transmutations on Feb. 28 and is scheduled for a late 2007 release through Prosthetic Records. Transmutations will be the follow-up to last year’s critically-acclaimed Samsara, and the band will continue previewing new material live with GENGHIS TRON and labelmates KYLESA as well as supporting GOATWHORE. Frontman / saxophonist Bruce Lamont will also make appearances on March 15 for a SxSw showcase at room 710 at 8 pm in Austin, TX and will follow that up with a March 16 appearance at the Furniture Records showcase.

YAKUZA on tour:
4/08 Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen (with GENGHIS TRON, KYLESA)
4/20 Milwaukee, WI – Vnuk’s (with GOATWHORE)

YAKUZA Begins Tracking New Material

Chicago’s YAKUZA have begun demoing new material in the band’s hometown at Semifour Studios for the band’s forthcoming new album, tentatively titled Transmutations and scheduled for a late 2007 release through Prosthetic Records. Sanford Parker (PELICAN, MINSK, RWAKE), who made a guest appearance on the band’s last release, Samsara, will be handling production duties when the band begins recording Feb. 28.

“This time it’s all about variety, each song has its own personality with the album covering a much broader spectrum,” frontman Bruce Lamont said. “The extremes are really drastic: super schizoid-brutal to almost reflective and minimal. Just like with Samsara, we’re looking at this album as a whole. I don’t want to say the album will be an ‘experience’ per-se because that sounds too hippie-ish, but it’s gonna be one of those things that you have to listen to start to finish.”

YAKUZA has been also been added to the Chicago date of the upcoming tour featuring GENGHIS TRON and labelmates, KYLESA, at the Beat Kitchen and the band will be previewing new material at the show.

Show date:
4/08 Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen (with GENGHIS TRON, KYLESA)