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Converge / Some Girls / Modern Life Is War: live in Levittownlive in Levittown (2006)
Reviewer Rating: 4
Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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For their genre, Blacklisted gets one of the biggest responses whenever they visit Long Island. There's always a big, siked crowd, even when they're playing first on a bill like this. Plenty of intense pile-ons, sing-alongs and all the usual fare ensued -- "Eye for an Eye" naturally getting the bigg.
For their genre, Blacklisted gets one of the biggest responses whenever they visit Long Island. There's always a big, siked crowd, even when they're playing first on a bill like this. Plenty of intense pile-ons, sing-alongs and all the usual fare ensued -- "Eye for an Eye" naturally getting the biggest response, which ex-Backup Plan vocalist / former This Is Hell bassist Jeff Tiu helped out on. Blacklisted's vocalist rocked the mic stand for the first few songs before finally cutting loose to take advantage of the stage's (fairly) spacious expanses. They were decent as usual, and I was pleased to hear my two favorites from them ("Coming Clean" and "How Quickly We Forget (Again)"). They also announced they'd already be hitting the studio at the end of December to record a new full-length (...The Beat Goes On was released 11/8/2005), entitled Peace on Earth, War on Stage. The song they played from it, "Ivory Tower" featured a balls-out fast opening, good transitions, and lots of Judge-style yelling as it proceeded -- fairly different and ambitious for the band.
Set list (7:41-8:04):
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Converge is a band you're supposed to 'get' live if their chaotic, harsh soundscapes are a bit too much on record for you. I'd say that's actually pretty accurate; they weren't quite the mind-blowing experience many hype them up to be, but there's still a wondrous force at hand here. It was the band's first show since having to cancel a few shows due to a member's family passing, but their morose nature stood steadfastly uptempo. Their songs prove to have much stronger hardcore foundations in the live setting than their records' noise-metal leanings tend to portray, which gave everything a wonderful 'oomph.' "Heartache" with its sledgehammer, angular riffs, "Weight of the World" with its pulsating, drawn out opening riff, "Eagles Become Vultures"'s ferocious stride and "Concubine"'s momentary manic fervor made for set list standouts. Jake Bannon is pale as powder and stick-like lanky, and yet he's in charge of one the most commanding stage presences I've seen; plenty of grandiose, Civ-like gestures certainly help, too. "This is a fucking hardcore show, not a disco," he proclaimed towards the beginning of the set, and as such he then made multiple requests for the house lights to be turned instead of the colorful arrays of hues that were usually flashed for Ritual performances. Eventually they did turn on, and you could see all the pit antics in clear view: douche bags, Kung Fu prodigies, and casual two-steppers taking the floor. Their set was only 47 minutes long, yet seemed much longer; I suppose that's what happens when you manage to spit out a furious 14 songs or so in that time. I was definitely impressed, and the constant onslaught of wicked fast drums and abrasive riffs kept me more than interested throughout (air drummers/guitarists of the world unite!). Special thanks to Jake Bannon for saying the name of practically every song they played.
Set list (9:34-10:21; in order, but possibly missing a few):
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