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With the release of Ox, Coalesce encapsulates over a decade of forward-thinking Hardcore into 14 songs that typify the trend-eschewing band and proves that they still have much to say. The Kansas clan lurches uncontrollably, adding just the right touch of bombast and contrast to make the seething aggression all the more impactful, wringing vital emotions from every pore without even a trace of melancholy or regret.

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  • Coalesce was one of my favorite technical hardcore bands back in the late 90’s. I hold them up there with Botch, Converge, and the Dillenger Escape Plan. Their last CD Revolution was ridiculous and then they broke up. This cd takes the brutality of their last cd and adds a little melody and different sounds to the record. Don’t think you are gonna find a lot of clean vocals here but at the same time what they have added to the brutality makes this cd that much better. I couldn’t have hoped for a better come back cd cause it has been 10 years too long. All the songs on here rip and if you are a fan of Botch, Dillenger Escape Plan, or Converge do yourself a favor and pick this and some of their past work up. I feel like this is the most complete cd they have done it is sick.

    Posted on November 14, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • it was a surprise to me when I went on the Relapse website and saw that these guys released a new album. I was wondering when they were going to come back after releasing 012: Revolution In Just Listening. song no 3. is a definite surprise. it starts out slow and strummy and then starts rocking. the lyrics booklet is awesome. it has a bunch of patterns in it along with the lyrics. song no. 5 is an instrumental. a lot of bands have started including istrumentals in their song lists, and Coalesce is no exception. the instrumental in question is called “Where Satires Sour” and it is 47 seconds long. I recommend this to anyone who appreciates metal and hardcore

    Posted on November 14, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • The comments posted so far appear to be about OX. This isn’t OX. This is the OX EP that came out after the full-length. If you liked OX, you won’t be disappointed.

    Posted on November 14, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Give them Rope is an album I have listened to consistently since 1997, I still say its the heaviest album of all time. I love every other album Coalesce has ever done but not like that first full length. The 2 songs they released last year were good but I thought it would have sounded better with more distortion. OX is incredible. In a time where so few bands fail to make something unique and truly new OX is amazing. They have captured all of there progression on every album with the intensity of Give Them Rope and somehow managed to step in to uncharted territory. What a band and what a surprise. Best hardcore album since Colors by BTBAM and Pig Destroyers Phantom limb. Buy this.

    Posted on November 14, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I am not sure why this is coming up under the OX EP. I did not write the review here, but under the full-length. Something is wrong with Amazon’s review thing-a-ma-jigger.
    It seems like a lifetime ago when 012: Revolution in Just Listening, a masterpiece of a swan-song, was unleashed on the unsuspecting public. Rumors of the bands demise prior to the release were swirling and we were greeted with ‘What Happens on the Road Always Comes Home’. Ten years have passed and we have been blessed with another release from hardcore juggernauts Coalesce. There is no other band in music that can make a song that is nearly impossible to tap your foot to, but is still so addicting.

    With their new release, OX, we get more of the expected, the tried and true Coalesce. But they have thrown several surprises in to the mix including a swagger of a country song and less distortion on Jess’ guitar. All in all this is a fabulous release and a breath of fresh air in a hardcore/metal scene that seems to have an inbred sound as of late.

    Check it out and get ready for even more music when the OX EP is released later this year.

    Posted on November 13, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now