Converge / Napalm Death

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Converge / Napalm Death
Converge and Napalm Death split.jpg
EP by
ReleasedAugust 1, 2012 (2012-08-01)
RecordedEarly 2012[1]
Genre
Length7:37
LabelSelf-released (CONCULT03)
ProducerKurt Ballou/Napalm Death, James Walford
Converge singles chronology
Converge / Dropdead
(2011)
Converge / Napalm Death
(2012)
"I Can Tell You About Pain"
(2017)
Napalm Death chronology
Utilitarian
(2012)
Converge / Napalm Death
(2012)
Napalm Death / Insect Warfare
(2013)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Exclaim!Favourable[2]

Converge / Napalm Death is a split EP by American metalcore band Converge and English grindcore band Napalm Death. The album was self-released on August 1, 2012,[3] and features artwork by Converge vocalist Jacob Bannon.[4] It is available on 7" vinyl and as a digital download.[5]

Background[edit]

Converge[edit]

Both bands contributed two new tracks to the EP. Converge contributed "No Light Escapes", a song that later appeared on the deluxe edition of their album All We Love We Leave Behind, as well as a cover version of Swedish death metal band Entombed's "Wolverine Blues".[6] The latter features Bannon, Ballou and Newton as well as guests Tomas Lindberg, Aaron Turner, and Kevin Baker all on vocal duties.[7] Due to scheduling issues the band found it easier to record each vocalists duties separately to be edited together later as it is on the original track.[7] The track was described by Converge's distributor Deathwish Inc. as being similar to "We Are the World", a collaborative single from 1985 written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, which featured numerous guest musicians."[8]

On May 23, 2013, Converge self-released the EP, Pound for Pound: The Wolverine Blues Sessions, which was a compilation of the different vocal tracks that comprised its cover of "Wolverine Blues." It featured five songs, each of which had only one of the guest vocalists that were present on the split version,[9] with the exception of Lindberg and Ballou who share a track.[7]

Napalm Death[edit]

Napalm Death contributed "Will by Mouth", which is similar to the band's other material, and "No Impediment to Triumph (Bhopal)", which is a "slower and textural" song about the Bhopal disaster from 1984.[10]

Track listing[edit]

Side A: Converge[1]
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."No Light Escapes"Jacob BannonKurt Ballou, Bannon, Nate Newton, Ben Koller0:52
2."Wolverine Blues" (Entombed cover) Nicke Andersson, Uffe Cederlund, Alex Hellid2:15
Total length:3:07
Side B: Napalm Death[1]
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Will by Mouth"Barney GreenwayShane Embury1:27
2."No Impediment to Triumph (Bhopal)"GreenwayEmbury3:03
Total length:4:30

Personnel[edit]

Taken from liner notes.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Converge / Napalm Death (vinyl back cover). Converge and Napalm Death. Self-released. 2012. CONCULT03.
  2. ^ Falzon, Denise (August 14, 2012). "Converge / Napalm Death - Converge / Napalm Death". Exclaim!. Retrieved November 15, 2014.
  3. ^ Paul, Aubin (July 9, 2012). "Converge / Napalm Death split set for release". Punknews.org. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  4. ^ Morrow, Scott (April 30, 2012). "Converge offers all-star Entombed cover on new Napalm Death split". Alarm. Retrieved May 1, 2012.
  5. ^ Sciarretto, Amy (April 30, 2012). "Converge, Napalm Death Team Up, New Escape the Fate Song + More". Noisecreep. AOL. Retrieved May 1, 2012.
  6. ^ Adams, Gregory (April 30, 2012). "Converge and Napalm Death Team Up for Split 7-Inch". Exclaim!. Retrieved May 1, 2012.
  7. ^ a b c "Go Pound for Pound with Converge". MetalSucks. 2013-05-23. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
  8. ^ "Converge and Napalm Death Team Up for Split 7-Inch". Retrieved 2017-04-28.
  9. ^ Adams, Gregory (May 24, 2013). "Converge: 'Pound for Pound: The Wolverine Blues Sessions'". Exclaim!. Retrieved December 6, 2013.
  10. ^ Harris, Chris (April 30, 2012). "Converge, Napalm Death Split Coming". Gun Shy Assassin. Retrieved May 1, 2012.
  11. ^ "Sight: Converge & Napalm Death Split". Jacob Bannon's Official Website. Retrieved August 4, 2012.

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