Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Artist of the Day: Convulsions

The Human Convulipede
Few things in this life are more exciting than heavy music, and even fewer are more exciting than heavy music in a live setting.  This past weekend I attended a house show in Rhode Island featuring several local hardcore bands including Convulsions, a sludgy straight edge hardcore act that absolutely blew me away.  Despite playing without a bassist, their set was one of the most crushing live performances I have witnessed all year (coming from someone who had the pleasure of seeing Converge, Loma Prieta, Full of Hell, Code Orange Kids and Birds in Row all in the span of one week).  Nate Almeida’s intense vocal delivery paired with demonic, Converge-like guitar riffs made for an unforgettable set that had me smiling from ear to ear the whole time, despite not being familiar with any of the band’s material prior to the show.

Though Convulsions have not yet released a full length, they have two EPs to their name, and just put out a split last summer with their XVX buddies in Black Kites.  Convul’s side of the split demonstrates more experimentation than on previous releases, while still maintaining the aggression found on The Reaper’s Gift, an intelligent EP in which Almeida details the emotional struggle associated with his father’s lung cancer.  With a new EP release just around the corner in August, Convulsions are hard at work, playing shows in the Northeast and preparing to record in May. 

Get Convulsions' half of the Black Kites Split Here

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