Coalesce, from Kansas City (Missouri), moved the violence in hardcore one
notch up with the explosive EP 002 (Earache, 1996).
Sean Ingram (vocals) screams like a mouse, guitars roar devastating riffs,
drums beat like jackhammers.
Give Them Rope (Edison, 1997) ranks amongst the most terrifying musical
1 Have Patience 3:10
2 One On The Ground 3:39
3 Cut To Length 3:17
4 For All You Are 3:25
5 Still It Sells 6:00
6 Chain Smoking 3:41
7 Did It Pay The Rent 4:54
8 Every Reason To 3:36
9 I Am Not The First 1:00
10 This Is The Last 4:03
11 I Took A Year 4:01
After a Led Zeppelin tribute album,
0:12 Revolution In Just Listening (Relapse, 1999) matched that intensity
although in a more emotional and less savage vein.
1. What Happens On The Road Always Comes Home 3:05
2. Cowards.com 2:24
3. Burn Everything That Bears Our Name 2:23
4. While The Jackass Operation Spins Its Wheels 2:22
5. Sometimes Selling Out Is Waking Up 3:21
6. Where The Hell Is Rick Thorne These Days? 1:55
7. Jesus In The Year 2000 / Next On The Shit List 2:56
8. Counting Murders And Drinking Beer (The $46,000 Escape) 2:32
9. They Always Come In Fall 2:48
Coalesce's There Is Nothing New Under The Sun (Hydra Head, 1999) was a cover album.
After breaking up in 1999, Coalesce released
the five-song EP A Safe Place (2000) and the mini-album Functioning on Impatienc (2002).
Drummer James DeWees (who had replaced the original drummer in 1998) went on to join the Get Up Kids.
The Casket Lottery, that was born from the ashes of Coalesce, played trivial emo-pop.
Ox (Relapse, 2009), the first album in ten years, repeats the old
formula (notably In My Wake For My Own) and introduces some timid
experiments (clean vocals in The Comedian In Question, slide guitar in Wild Ox Moan).
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