2036 University Avenue
near Downtown Berkeley BART
Berkeley, CA, 94704
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM (event ends at 12:00 AM)
Of all that humankind has inherited through our ancestry, no single language has transcended every age as powerfully as music. For those few who channel that inheritance of sound today, none have wielded its command and authority like Neurosis. Showing their discontent with convention from the very beginning, Neurosis revealed what would become an instinct for transformation in sound and scope. With each release, the sound became interchangeable with vision. A vision of the conscious and unconscious coexisting in an audial spectrum that challenged not only the constraints of what listeners expected but of the listeners themselves as beings. Over the collective's past ten albums, Neurosis have invited listeners to join them on the path their music carved. Going beyond the remarkable, Neurosis became unforgettable. Throughout the last 30 years, the journey of their music has found the band relishing the unpredictable and embracing the unknown possibility of where the music was capable of taking them. This year finds Neurosis taking their most dominant step yet with their eleventh full-length, Fires Within Fires. Three decades in the making, Fires Within Fires is a testament both to the history and future of Neurosis. Striking the band's signature balance between light and dark, beauty and repulsion, Fires Within Fires gives due to its predecessors while progressing forward into the unfamiliar and formidable. Featuring exquisite album artwork from the renowned Thomas Hooper and the stellar recording work of the group's longstanding engineer Steve Albini, Fires Within Fires is at once a beautiful and forbidding work of mastery. For members Scott Kelly, Steve Von Till, Jason Roeder, Noah Landis, and Dave Edwardson, the album is a welcomed companion to what's now been a 30-year-long trek into the infiniteness of sound and sight coalescing into consciousness. An all-encompassing reminder that transfiguration in sound remains their most commanding and inimitable strength, Fires Within Fires is the next powerful step towards a destination that has long been and continues to be the very heart of "becoming" for the mighty Neurosis.
Converge is a prolific punk-metal band formed in 1990 in Boston, USA, and after several singles, released their first full-length, Halo in a Haystack, in 1994. By 2000, with the release of their fourth full-length, Jane Doe, Converge were regarded as one of the most original and innovative bands to emerge from the punk underground. A quartet consisting of Jacob Bannon, Kurt Ballou, Nate Newton and Ben Koller, the band also found time to lend out members to various side projects, including Kingdom of the Sun, Old Man Gloom and Kid Kilowatt (the short-lived band that also included members of Cave In). Known for intense live shows and extensive touring, the band played over 600 shows in ten years, making it possible for them to retain their cult status within the punk underground without the kind of commercial success that has vaulted other punk bands into the middle of alternative rock radio and press.
Jacob Bannon (Vocals, Lyrics, Visuals)
Kurt Ballou (Guitar, Vocals, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Theremin)
Nate Newton (Bass Guitar, Vocals)
Ben Koller (Drums)
Jeff Feinberg (Guitar, Bass: 1991-1997)
Aaron Dalbec (Guitar: 1994-2001)
Damon Bellorado (Drums: 1991-1999)
John Digiorgio (Drums: 1999)
Erik Ralston (Bass: 1993)
Stephen Brodsky (Bass: 1997-1998)
Amenra (sometimes called Amen Ra) is a Belgian Metal / Sludge band with some Doom Metal influences, formed in 1999 in Western Flanders.
Bjorn Lebon - drums
Colin H. van Eeckhout - vocals
Mathieu van de Kerckhove - guitars
Lennart Bossu - guitars
Levy Seynaeve - bass