#kurtballou

MOST RECENT

Concertposting Pt. II:
The highlight of the night, the almighty Converge.
We were right at the front, people moving everywhere, mic cables thrown in our face, didn't care.
Also Jacob Bannon let me scream the chorus for Trigger in the mic, kinda awesome.
Last pic is actually him running right at me because he saw me take a picture.
Also Kurt sounded as heavy as ever. Everyone did.
A night to remember

#Converge #JacobBannon #KurtBallou #BenKoller #NateNewton #JaneDoe #Metalcore

Finally manage to get my hands on this little beauty made by master of sound @godcitymusic :) Thank you @tom_begley for sorting it out! Really looking forward to try it out in the studio :-) I should have bought the new version to thou.... #kurtballou #cultofluna #pglost #godcityinstruments

Converge - Dark Horse. Axe to Fall's s opening track, tough one. #converge #kurtballou #guitar #guitarcover #axetofall #espguitars #espltd #ultar #fortestrings #metalcore #hardcore

Got a Brutalist Jr shirt to go along with my Brutalist Jr pedal 🤘🎸 #godcity #godcityinstruments #kurtballou #guitarpedal #guitarpedals #diy #deathwishinc

#Converge - You Fail Me (Deathwish 2004)
Main Stage: Friday 20th April
Roadburn Stagetime: 20.10-21.10
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When Converge’s 4th album “Jane Doe” was released in 2001, the bar was well and truly raised for bands everywhere; their stirring, intense live shows, heavy touring schedule and inventive, chaotic sound earned them accolades in publications as diverse as Terrorizer and Rolling Stone, who placed the record in their top 100 greatest metal albums of all time.

As the opening guitar line of “First Light” echoes out into the expanse, the listener is lulled into a false sense of safety; lured in by the hope that comes with a new dawn... Kurt Ballou’s dissonant melodies evoke images of the sun rising over an endless highway that runs through the vast, dusty wilderness of the desert. “Last Light” comes crashing into life with a thunderous polyrhythmic drum pattern from Ben Koller, over which Nate Newton’s gurgling bass and Ballou’s acidic guitar, always on the verge of feedback, battle with each other under Jacob Bannon’s affected pleading: “I need you to be the strength of widows and soul survivors/I need you to be as fearless as new mothers and new fathers/I need you to be the hope of hearts who lost true love/I need you to be the might of their first kiss...” It’s profoundly vulnerable stuff and the effect is devastating. The atmosphere of the rest of the record is dense and asphyxiating; each member of the band masterfully manipulating and recklessly exorcising their instruments like men possessed. The run time is barely 35 minutes but it leaves you short of breath and richer of experience. “You Fail Me” is a masterpiece. Converge are visionaries; not only in their music but also their artwork, their aesthetic and their DIY ethos that is embodied in every project the members are involved in (God City Studios, Deathwish Records, etc.) Converge will be playing 2 sets at Roadburn this year. Jacob Bannon is the featured curator this year and has assembled a wildly eclectic and intense lineup; a testimony to his decorative and refined taste as an artist/musician and label manager.

Khaled / @khaled_lowe

In studio with Uncle Kurt #kurtballou #creativelive

i hope i get this right with my subhuman soldering skills... / #kurtballou #brutalistjr #godcityinstruments #diy #effectpedals

20 years ago today, @Converge released their 3rd album When Forever Comes Crashing
#Converge #JacobBannon #KurtBallou #AaronDalbec #SteveBrodsky #DaminBellorado #WhenForeverComesCrashing

Brutalist Jr build part 10
It finally found its home
#distortionpedal #guitarpedal #guitargear #kurtballou #converge #brutalistjr #DIY

Cave In - Until Your Heart Stops (1998/RSD 2013 Hydra head - clear orange w/ black smoke), Jupiter (2000/2014 Hydra Head - clear wax), Planets of Old (Hydra head 2009 - green tea wax)

Busted out all my Cave In lps the last couple days after hearing of Caleb Scofield's tragic passing. Please go to Hydra Head's site - they're pressings a slew of Caleb's music to beneft his young family that's dealing with an unimaginable loss. My heart goes out to his family and friends.
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The orange/smoke UYHS reissue was randomly distributed to shops for Record Store Day (big hi fives to @anarchoburrito for hooking me up with this, little did he know he managed to score me one of the coloured editions!). The '14 Jupiter reissue came with a bonus 12" of Anomalies Vol. 3. Pretty sure I ordered Planets of Old via Aural Exploits - anyone else get scammed by them when they disappeared? Still waiting on that Jesu "Ascension" pressing I ordered... *shakes fist*
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#hookedonsonics #cavein #hydraheadrecords #hydraheadrecords #vinyl #vinylcollective #vinylgram #vinyladdict #vinylcollection #kurtballou #godcitymusic #brianmcternan #saladdaysstudio #jamesplotkin #records #nowspinning #nowplaying #indierock #indie #spacerock #metal #posthardcore #bonsai #untilyourheartstops #jupiter #planetsofold #Boston #MA #auralexploits #CalebScofield #RIPCalebScofield

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