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Converge / Napalm Death
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ReleasedAugust 1, 2012 (2012-08-01)
RecordedEarly 2012 [1]
Label Self-released (CONCULT03)
Producer Kurt Ballou/Napalm Death, James Walford
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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]

A split album is a music album which includes tracks by two or more separate artists. There have been singles and EPs of the same variety, which are often called "split singles" and "split EPs" respectively. Split albums differ from "various artists" compilation albums in that they generally include several tracks of each artist, or few artists with one or two tracks each, instead of multiple artists with only one or two tracks each.

Extended play musical recording longer than a single, but shorter than a full album

An extended play record, often referred to as an EP, is a musical recording that contains more tracks than a single, but is usually unqualified as an album or LP. Contemporary EPs generally contain a minimum of three tracks and maximum of six tracks, and are considered "less expensive and time-consuming" for an artist to produce than an album. An EP originally referred to specific types of vinyl records other than 78 rpm standard play (SP) and LP, but it is now applied to mid-length CDs and downloads as well.

Metalcore is a fusion genre combining elements of extreme metal and hardcore punk, that originated in the late 1980s. Among other styles blending metal and hardcore, such as crust punk and grindcore, metalcore is noted for its use of breakdowns, which are slow, intense passages conducive to moshing. Other defining instrumentation includes heavy guitar riffs often utilizing percussive pedal tones and double bass drumming. Vocalists in the genre typically perform screaming, more popular bands often combine this with the use of standard singing, usually during the bridge or chorus of a song. However the death growl is also a popular technique within the genre.




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]

<i>All We Love We Leave Behind</i> 2012 studio album by Converge

All We Love We Leave Behind is the eighth studio album by American metalcore band Converge. It was released on October 9, 2012 via Epitaph Records. The album did not feature any guest collaborators, unlike the band's previous album Axe to Fall. The Album was produced by Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou and the artwork was created by the band's singer Jacob Bannon.

Entombed (band) Swedish death metal band

Entombed is a Swedish death metal band formed in 1987 under the name of Nihilist. Entombed began their career as an early pioneer of Scandinavian death metal which initially differed from its American counterpart by its distinct "buzzsaw" guitar tone. However, by the early 1990s their sound had broadened to include garage rock and other influences. This new style would eventually be described as death 'n' roll. Entombed has been influenced by bands such as Slayer, Exodus, Black Sabbath, Celtic Frost, Autopsy, Repulsion, Kiss, The Misfits, Motörhead, Discharge, Death and Testament. Along with Dismember, Grave and Unleashed, Entombed has been referred to as one of the "big four" of Swedish death metal.

Tomas Lindberg Swedish singer

Tomas "Tompa" Lindberg is a Swedish musician who has fronted many death metal bands, most notably At the Gates. He has been active as a musician and composer since the late 1980s. He also teaches social studies.

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

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]

Bhopal disaster gas leak incident in Bhopal, India

The Bhopal disaster, also referred to as the Bhopal gas tragedy, was a gas leak incident on the night of 2–3 December 1984 at the Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) pesticide plant in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India. It is considered to be the world's worst industrial disaster. Over 500,000 people were exposed to methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas. The highly toxic substance made its way into and around the small towns located near the plant.

Track listing

Side A: Converge [1]
1."No Light Escapes" Jacob Bannon Kurt Ballou, Bannon, Nate Newton, Ben Koller 0:52
2."Wolverine Blues" (Entombed cover)  Nicke Andersson, Uffe Cederlund, Alex Hellid2:15
Total length:3:07
Side B: Napalm Death [1]
1."Will by Mouth" Barney Greenway Shane Embury 1:27
2."No Impediment to Triumph (Bhopal)"GreenwayEmbury3:03
Total length:4:30


Taken from liner notes. [1]

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