Convulsif

Band instrumental post gloomy rock in the abyss between subgenres: noise, metal, jazz and grindcore, from VD, Switzerland.

CONVULSIF is a collective around the bass player Loïc Grobéty. The band focuses to an enriched tension between composition and improvisation in powerful sounds. After two conceptual CDs in crossover style – Jazz, Metal, Classic, Free – and changing collaborations of various artists and musicians, Convulsif is about to concentrate to heavier sounds and to a fixer line up. With a special instrumentation – a classic rhythm section and heavy amplified, treated violin & bass clarinet – they go deep in the sound of the actual metal scene and mix different tendencies to a new unknown conglomerate: Grind, Doom, Drone, Black Metal and Soundscapes are played with the means of conceptual improvisation and imposed themes. All colored by a very uncommon instrumentation.

Convulsif

Convulsif are:
Jamasp Jhabvala : violin & electronic

Christian Muller : clarinet & electronic

Loïc Grobéty : bass

Maxime Hänsenberger : drums

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Discography

Extinct

Extinct | CONVULSIF (bandcamp.com)

1.Buried Between one 07:12
2.Five days of open bones 12:26
3.Surround the arms of revolution 03:09
4.Feed my spirit side by side 01:53
5.The axe will break 13:48
6.Torn From The Stone (Bonus Track) 02:26
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„Extinct“ is an expedition to extremes – darkness and speed, contrast and vigor, momentum and flow. Convulsif’s fifth album is ever self-inventing gloomy rock in the abyss between subgenres: noise, metal, jazz and grindcore. When the band toured in Cuba in 2018, they challenged themselves to never repeat a set. Every night had to be different from the ones before. They switched the order of songs or stepped up the improvised elements, to recreate the moment’s mood in their sinister sound universe. On the album they used their live-skills to play a tight, hypnotic and rich flow that keeps shattering common conceptions of rock Music. Extinct Originally, the album was supposed to be called „V“, following the band’s previous album titles from I to IV. Somehow we got from V to the Big Five and from there – ruthless men fidgeting with guns and lives – to the acute species extinction on this planet right now. How to make music in dire times? How to illuminate darkness when there’s only shadows at hand? The song titles on the album are taken from Charles Darwin, the luminary of disbelief, and are cut up and mashed up lines of his Beagle Diary.
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released October 23, 2020

Engineered : Raphaël Bovey
Recorded live at Blend Studio, Lutry
Mixed at MyRoom Studio, Lausanne
Mastering : Lad Agabekov, Caduceus Studio, Gimel
Artwork & design : Stefan Thanneur
Creative support : Regina Dürig
Pictures : Joëlle Grobéty
Management by MPT

2020 Convulsif

(1) Extinct – YouTube

IV

IV | CONVULSIF (bandcamp.com)

1.Hunting For Teeth 08:33
2.Why Hide 01:45
3.Two Of A Kind 07:29
4.Solemn Creatures 03:47
5.When The Day Breaks 03:17
6.Everyone Will Fail 04:27
7.Reason Of Sleep 07:46
8.Everyone Will Fall 00:20
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released May 26, 2016

(1) IV – YouTube

Live Tape @ LAS, Poznan

Live Tape @ LAS, Poznan | CONVULSIF (bandcamp.com)

1.Face A 14:36
2.Face B 13:06
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released June 20, 2015

CD3

CD3 | CONVULSIF (bandcamp.com)

1.Part 1 04:35
2.Part 2 07:35
3.Part 3 05:44
4.Part 4 08:16
5.Part 5 03:06

CONVULSIF is a collective around the bass player Loïc Grobéty. The band focuses to an enriched tension between composition and improvisation in powerful sounds. After two conceptual CDs in crossover style – Jazz, Metal, Classic, Free – and changing collaborations of various artists and musicians, Convulsif is about to concentrate to heavier sounds and to a fixer line up. With a special instrumentation – a classic rhythm section and heavy amplified, treated violin & bass clarinet – they go deep in the sound of the actual metal scene and mix different tendencies to a new unknown conglomerate: Grind, Doom, Drone, Black Metal and Soundscapes are played with the means of conceptual improvisation and imposed themes. All colored by a very uncommon instrumentation.
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released October 4, 2014

Jamasp Jhabvala : violin & electronic / Christian Müller : clarinet & electronic / Loïc Grobéty : bass / Maxime Hänsenberger : drums

Music | CONVULSIF (bandcamp.com)

(1) Convulsif – Tema – YouTube

(2) Convulsif | Facebook

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Reviews

Smooth and pleasantly surprising – review by Convulsif

DISC REVIEW Kimmo K. Koskinen 

Published in Inferno 10/2020.

CONVULSIF
Extinct
HUMMUS

There is a slight special activity at hand, although you may not notice this as a band formed by drums, bass, violin and clarinet. Post-rock, sludge, doom, noise and open-minded experimental expression are amazing guys in the mew of the Swiss quartet.

The instrumental album is a crumbly package built on drums and bass. On the surface of a more traditional foundation, a strongly focused violin is buzzing and in many places goes from a guitar that howls feedback. The clarinet is more recognisable in its characteristics, but it also meccas with devotion and sinks quite smoothly into the afflicted fuss.

Convulsif doesn’t stick very tightly to one genre, but the five-song album is somehow consistent. Many rumbles, jams and cognages are available, presented with quite a wide range of intensity.

The songs, which are built without prejudice, are almost 15 minutes in length, so it’s clearly completely self-motivated. The grip is in hand and the end result in style or another is smooth and pleasantly surprising.

The atmosphere ranges from steep to snooze and serene, so Extinct as a whole can be very confusing to listen to. However, the big-shot rumble at the bottom and the experimental noise rock are so clearly converging on the metal aesthetic that even a more open-minded metal head has found something very interesting to hear here.

Sujuvaa ja miellyttävän yllätyksellistä – arviossa Convulsif – Inferno.fi

Friday, December 18, 2020
Convulsive / Extinct

The absence of any trace of guitar is not theleast remarkable element of themusic of CONVULSIF. At least for a group that makes so much noise, releases so much energy, can be as furious and massive, causes as many telluric tremors just as it is able to instill climates charged with clear-dark tension. Although it would be very easy to say so, Convulsive is not a band of the metal / hardcore scene: it can certainly be attached to it but it already stands out with an amazing line-up: Christian Muller on clarinet and electronics, Jamasp Jhabvala on violin and electronics, Loïc Grobéty on electric bass and Maxime Hunsenberger on drums (the latter two unquestionably representing the metal side of Convulsif while the first two are mainly responsible for the noise and experience of the band’s music).

There is a certain “tradition” – I don’t like this word but never mind – on the Swiss side with bands whose profiles are atypical and who play music that is just as good as it draws its inspiration from some well-known and recognized idiomatic figures. Alboth! of course, at the turn and on a big first half of the 90s but also Monno in the 2000s. In the former as in the latter there is no guitarist but an increased use and noiseist electronics (especially at Monno via the use of a laptop and the low frequencies generated by the saxophone of Antoine Chessex plugged into guitar amps). Convulsive is from this family, the one where the voice when there is one is onomatopoeic (Alboth!) and where above all the soundtracks and musical motifs come from diverted and distorted instruments that normally are not intended for such use. One could also compare Convulsive to 16/17 for the common use of reed instrument – here the bass clarinet – and an unusual sense of determination.

What brings Convulsive (and rightly) convulsive metal and hardcore music is the permanent legibility of its imposing rhythm section. A massive bass and very powerful and that does not drool, doublet with a spectacular battery and the ubiquitous technicality. A great and incredibly effective base that many groups would dream of much more classic in their form. The consequence of all this is that not only is Convulsive able in concert to compete with any group of crazy-furious fans of blast beats and continuous pounding but that above all the four Swiss often leave everyone far behind them issue fury and apt, even when faced with a horde of Hungarians who are really afraid of nothing.

But that’s what I’ve always missed when listening to Convulsif’s studio recordings,including the second album mysteriously titled IV and released in 2016: the organic and emotional presence of a band using elements as different as they are significant to make you forget any overly blatant intention. In other words, as convulsive can be relentless and concussionant in concert as I found the band a little too cold and rigid on record. A defect this time largely corrected with Extinct, a disc on which we find all the ways to make the Swiss but putdifferently in perspective, the four musicians choosing to make their compositions last longer with Five Days Of Open Bones on the A side and especially The Axe Will Break on the second (more than 12 minutes each time). It is when Convulsive takes the time to develop it that I find his music more adventurous, more

relevant, more interesting, stronger and more beautiful, simply. The very short tracks – Surround The Arms Of Revolution, Feed My Spirit Side By Side and Torn From The Stone (the latter appearing only on the 7′ attached with the limited vinyl edition of the album) – are very convincing but appeal to me much less, although they are in no way uninteresting. Buried Between One is not one in between: charged with opening the record with its incredible rise, this composition possesses the intensity of convulsive’s most virulent assaults but spread over nearly seven trying minutes of fascination, thanks to a relentless sense of dramaturgy. It is in these moments that I tell myself that the band is perhaps unique in this way that it has to gradually assemble the elements of its music and then densify them and achieve a certain paroxysmal vision (which is also the case of Five Days Of Open Bones, an adventure ofits own). Extinct is the album I expected from Convulsif

.INSTANT BULLSHIT: Convulsif / Extinct (666revolutionsparminute.blogspot.com)

Brilliant Swiss post instrumental quartet, using layered textures of noise, metal, jazz, grindcore, experimental, neo classico, doom, drone, black, with soundscapes in a dark atmospheric background.

His melodies are intense, well-structured, somber, explosive, with a low, doom-shattering bass in duelistic counterpoint with a clarinet and violin marked by a jazz fusion percussion.

With an impressive resourcefulness and a virtuous and creative stage performance, improvisation is his trademark, rare talent and appreciated by the most demanding and refined ears, I noticed an influence of King Crimson in the Improvattakc phase.

From the available collection, Extinct, is a masterpiece, full of virtuosity and soundscapes that express all the technical and creative potential, I thank you for the indication, great band.

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