Coalesce - _012: Revolution in Just Listening_
(Relapse, 1999)
by: Adrian Bromley (8 out of 10)
There seems to be a growing need for intense music to develop a new persona as it progresses. I'm talking about shape shifting sounds and ideas, adding a solid one-two punch of creativity and really going out on a limb with what you're going to give to the listeners. Seems as though hardcore/noisecore heavies Coalesce have been dabbling too much into the creative cookie-jar this time out as their new disc is a whopping smack to the head. It's like a demolition crew of sorts; who with solid grooves, heavy-as-fuck vocals and a chaotic frenzy fuelling the fire, might just bring your house down. One might wonder, "Who can handle all of this in one sitting?" I'm a survivor, folks, and let me tell you, the interesting trip through Coalesce's emotional roller coaster is an experience. A little out there at times, but on a whole, Coalesce's ambient-like hardcore/noisecore offering still does the damage. You'll leave this battered and bruised. Old metal fans with pacemakers and bad backs, stay at home.

(article published 9/12/1999)

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