Album Of The Month – NOVEMBER 2021

1 December 2021

Band: CONVERGE feat. CHELSEA WOLFE and also
contributions from Cave In man Stephen Brodsky
Who: Longtime metalcore noiseniks from Boston
featuring the Goth heroine
Active: Since 1990 / 10 studio LPs

New album: BLOODMOON: I
Released: 19 November 2021

Kerrang! said: “Converge have long been rightfully revered as hardcore trailblazers, expanding the scene’s vocabulary through a questing spirit and willingness to experiment. Even within this ever-evolving context, however, Bloodmoon: I is so different to the rest of the Salem slammers’ oeuvre that it feels like a glimpse of an alternative timeline… You’ve never previously been able to describe a Converge record as mystical, but such is the arcane allure that defines this unique album, especially on Coil and the title track. Chelsea’s distinctively haunting contributions are inevitably a major factor here, but Stephen also makes his melodic presence felt throughout, with Jacob Bannon’s harsher throat completing a vocal triptych that never fails to thrill, their very different but complementary styles weaving together as if they were always supposed to co-exist.” Full review here. Score: 5/5.

Turn Up The Volume: Don’t expect that his album turned into something totally
surprising because Wolfe and Brodsky were invited by Converge to their sacred
studio.

But the colluding collaboration generates even more darkness to Boston‘s noise
freaks’ trademark pitch-black darkness with Chelsea‘s spellbinding vox adding an
obscure sensuality. The ghostly gathering is a grueling marathon of almost one
hour. It’s a celebration of all things gloomy and doomy with prog-rock textures.

A quiet-loud-quiet-very-loud rollercoaster of clashing, slashing and trashing
with a satanic sound as towering as the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston.

A Metal-Goth-Core Highmass!

Singles: Blood Moon / Coil

– BLOOD MOON –

– COIL –

Stream album here…

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CONVERGE: Facebook

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN – 7 New Firecrackers Week 44

Every week Turn Up The Volume picks 7 new
firecrackers that burned his ears the past 7 days

1. ‘Coil’ by CONVERGE and CHELSEA WOLFE (USA)

The Boston hardcore/metal legends drop new album Bloodmoon: I,
their collaborative album featuring Goth heroine Chelsea Wolfe
next week.

Ahead of it comes this bombastic and haunting jam.

Hell yeahhhhh…

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2. ‘This Side Of The Sun’ by SHAME (UK)

At the start of this year, the South London gunslingers
released their second top album called Drink Tank Pink.

On this brand new single it’s guitars all over the place again.
Not their best effort, but a hefty hammer nonetheless.

“The whole song came together on the day we recorded it at the studio.
It’s also the first live recording we’ve ever done, we didn’t want it to sound
overworked. It’s a pure banger, listen with a piña colada in your left hand.”

Press play…

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3. ‘His Ilk’ by BRONSON ARM (US)

The two-man drill machine out of Kalamazoo, MI nails it again.

This rumbling rollercoaster bulldozes its way in slow motion,
forth and back, while producing an ominous vocal brouhaha
that causes a creepy nightmare experience. Whatever the song’s
protagonist’s ilk is, it doesn’t sound like you want to be friends

Be ready…

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4. ‘The Hardest Cut’ by SPOON (USA)

The Texan veterans drop their 10th LP called
Lucifer On The Sofa (great title) next year, in February.

They’re still alive and still kick as young hungry wolves,
as you’ll hear on the lead single, right here…

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5. ‘Dissonance’ by VEDA RAYS (USA)

A glam synth-pop twister with a darksome Soft Cell
edge by these two Brooklyn’s nightdreamers.

From their excellent album Crucial Fictions.

Check out the vibrant vibe here…

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6. ‘Holy Toledo’ by GREEN DAY (US)

This striking stroke is part of the soundtrack for
Mark, Mary & Some Other People, a new indie rom-com
about a young married couple trying out an open relationship.

Billie Joe Armstrong and his buddies do what they did throughout
their whole career, rockin’ and rollin’ without thinking too much.

Let’s hit the road…

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7. ‘See Ya When I See Ya’ by MILES KANE (UK)

From his upcoming new album
Change The Show, out 21st January 2022.

Kane: ‘See Ya When I See Ya’ is about being confident in yourself and
sticking to your gut whilst letting the Jekyll and Hydes pass you by.”

With this new single, just like with the previous two, Kane travels
to the good old days for inspiration for another retro tune.

See/hear you next week, music junkies…

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN – 7 New Firecrackers Week 39

Every week Turn Up The Volume picks 7 new
firecrackers that burned his ears the past 7 days

‘Truck Songs’ by ANGEL DU$T (Baltimore)

Hardcore noiseniks Angel Du$t mellowed their sound a bit lately,
but still kick-ass, like here with the title track of upcoming album
A Collection Of Truck Songs, out 29th October.

Tripp(songwriter): “This is one of my favorite recordings of a song that
I’ve written. Plus, all my best homies got all up in this track’s ass and sent
it home. Was listening to Tom Petty a grip. If you don’t know who that is
check him out, I guess.”

Start the fire…

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‘Blood Moon’ by CONVERGE and CHELSEA WOLFE (USA)

The hardcore legends announced a new LP
featuring Goth heroine Chelsea Wolfe.

Lead-single Blood Moon sounds like an astonishing harbinger for
what is to come. It’s a disturbing, confusing, and flabbergasting
slam dunk.

Turn it up here…

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‘The Beachland Ballroom’ by IDLES (Bristol, UK)

New album Crawler, out 12th November.

Expect the slower side of Idles with hefty eruptions now
and then and frontman Joe Talbot‘s blood cooking…

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‘7000 HOURS’ by THE CHELSEA CURVE (Boston)

With the snarl of the punk scene and the swagger of the mods,
The Chelsea Curve often earn comparisons to The Pretenders and
Husker Du (personal favorites of the trio). On their new single, the
band shows a deeper emotional side, setting a lovely mood of
autumnal longing.

Expect a twinkling tune that gets under your skin without asking.
Repeat buttons were invented for catchy corkers like these.

Start feeling good here…

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‘Text The Dead’ by ACTIVITY

The New York-based rockers’ new single is about broken-heartedness,
mournfulness and sadness following the passing of one of the most
beloved and closest person we all have, our mother.

Travis Johnson (the band’s songwriter) about the song: “My mom passed
away in February. I still can’t process it honestly… I was going through old stuff
and found it and started singing the verse melody. Then we all added our parts
and subtracted others, etc. It’s not a very ‘live’ song but we all came together
on it still.”

Text The Dead is a disturbing, confusing, strangely
infectious, and fascinating grief processing song…

Listen/watch here…

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‘Write A List of Things To Look Forward To’ by COURTNEY BARNETT

The wonderful singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett from down under,
unleashes her new longplayer Things Take Time, Take Time

Barnett: “It’s a song about darkness but also about friendship. I found
a deeper communication with people in my life — deeper conversations.
And a new level of gratitude for friendships that had been there for so
long that I had maybe taken for granted.”

Listen up…

COURTNEY BARNET: Facebook

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‘Blackouted’ by THE MANIC BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB

Besides having a great band name these siblings from Toronto score big time with their new steaming single. A song “about what hides behind the smiles for social media. It can be described as a cry for help, disguised as an upbeat dance floor banger.”

Pithy, swirling, and as sticky as first-class glue. Add glamorous vocals and a glittering, full-on wall-of-electrical sound and the final result is an instant hit.

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‘Troubles A’ Comin’ by THE ROLLING STONES

The imperishable Stones have shared a previously unreleased cover of ‘Troubles A’ Comin’, a golden oldie hit of American soul legends The Chi-Lites. The song will feature on the upcoming 40th-anniversary reissue of their Tattoo You LP.

Here we go…

See/hear you next week, music junkies