Live review: Converge, Touché Amoré at Classic Grand, 28/11/12

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It’s a brutally cold night in Glasgow, but all of that is quickly forgotten when entering and anticipating the chaos that ensues in every Converge show.

 

They are the true masters of the genre of hardcore punk, and have been for some time; no other band strives to better themselves with record and every tour.

Before them though is Burbank, California’s Touché Amoré, who are signed to Converge’s Deathwish record label, and are a young (by comparison) talent.

TA have been around for a while and met great success with their 2011 full length debut, Parting the Sea Between Darkness and Me, and have been touring ferociously ever since, meeting with great acclaim from critics and fans across.

Tonight is no different, as they rip through their set with all the passion and tenacity of their records, including showcasing some new material from their highly anticipated follow-up, due for release in early 2013.

They’re as exhilarating as ever and a real joy to see.

However, nothing can compare to what is coming.

As good as Touché Amoré and other younger bands are in the genre, Converge are unrivalled in their dominance.

Rarely has a band consistently remained so strong and confident in what they have been doing for now over 20 years.

And it’s easy to see live too, these guys just know each other, they each look so comfortable in their respective roles, and that they’re still enjoying it, where others would have failed and given up long ago.

Jacob Bannon in particular is in a notably more upbeat mood than in previous years, suggesting that this band isn’t done yet.

Tonight’s set is fairly new album, All We Love and All We Leave Behind, heavy, but this is fine as it may well be their strongest record in years.

They also manage to cherry pick the best moments from that record, such as the epic ‘Glacial Plane’ or single ‘Aimless Arrow’, to make for an electrifying set, ensuring the complete cacophony that a Converge show promises.

Their ability to make absolute anarchy sound so tight and so damn pleasing is unmatched, particularly highlighted on old fan favourites ‘Concubine’, ‘Eagles Become Vultures’, ‘Homewrecker’ and the always astonishing ‘You Fail Me’.

Best of all, to cap off a highly successful set, the Boston quartet’s encore finally, after years of in-jokes, play ‘The Saddest Day’.

It is pure perfection; Converge are still the kings.

Words: Adam Turner-Heffer

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