The Long Road Home

BY Chris GramlichPublished Jun 1, 2003

Opening with the disclaimer, "this footage is raw and unpolished — i.e., very punk rock," Converge's debut DVD isn't about capturing the awesome sonic fury and emotional intensity they can parlay sonically but rather visually, showcasing the live insanity, ferocity and history of this groundbreaking and incredibly influential metallic hardcore staple. Relying mainly on video-captured footage collected from fans over the years (featuring varying sonic quality), with the exceptions of the videos for "The Saddest Day" and "Downpour," The Long Road Home digs deep into the vaults and legacy of Converge to its find its footage (1994's "Blind," "Intro/Benchwarmer") and travels all over the world (Canada, Germany, France, America), stopping in any number of halls, basements and, occasionally, actual stages. It's fascinating to watch the progression from Converge's early days, with fans standing cross-armed and the band finding its sound, to their status as one of the underground's most important, innovative and influential acts, one where every performance is manic, with kids piled rows deep, killing themselves to scream along before the band is more than a few notes into a song. Singer/art terrorist Jacob Bannon has always been Converge's manic live force, throwing himself into the teaming masses at every opportunity, stalking the stage and freaking out with the best of them, but the band becomes better and more chaotic live as time passes, raising their live performance to a nearly untouchable level. And while this footage is as raw and as unpolished as it gets, Converge live isn't just another show, it's an experience, one The Long Road Home ably captures. Extras: photo gallery; band history and biography; full Converge sets from 2002 European tour, Deathwish/Bridge Nine festival and Sean from Most Precious Blood's basement; "Downpour" music video. (Deathwish Inc.,

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