At this point, you’re either with Converge or against it. Nearly 25 years after its debut album, the band’s cyclonic buzzsaw is unmistakable — this is hardcore-fueled extreme music that simultaneously elevates and destroys; pity to those who don’t experience an epiphany in the pit.
Converge is currently wrapping up its ninth album, but in the meantime, the band’s releasing a two-track 7″ that you can hear right now. “Eve,” its B-side, is a doomy and bracing seven minutes, perhaps a nod to Neurosis, with whom Converge is touring in July and August. The A-side, “I Can Tell You About Pain,” is more classic Converge, a short, bruising metallic hardcore track set on edge, but ripped from Jacob Bannon’s soul as he screams, “I swear I’m trying / You don’t know what my pain feels like.”
Tony Wolski directs this video for “I Can Tell You About Pain,” reflecting the song’s savage tone with stylized Stanley Kubrick-like terror. Our protagonist enjoys a glass of milk and suddenly hallucinates a garbage bag coming to life and a woman basked in neon light heals a wicked nosebleed. What was in that milk?