0:12 Revolution In Just Listening

Talk about going out with a bang! Coalesce continued in the tradition of bands who disband after releasing their strongest works by announcing their impending break-up even before this album was out. In their six year existence they left behind a couple of albums and EP's and this final testament, or a swan song, or whatever you want to call it.

There isn't much length-wise. Twenty three minutes of music are divided into eight songs and one electronic segue, but what a glorious twenty three minutes this is! Coalesce's chaotic tactics finally acquired firm cohesion, precise execution and underlying sense of purpose. Already on the first track, you witness a charging confluence of the band's dizzying, geometric approach with a huge Sabbath-esque riff. And from here on, it only gets better. Vocals roar oppressively, ferocious and chaotic but at the same time intelligently crafted and cathartic riffs spring up unexpectedly to give way to spasmodic guitar screeches with weird textures, while the drums ramble around in zigzag trajectories while still pounding you down. And it goes on. And it's so perfect. And you are in this hardcore-metal nirvana. And then it ends.

You know what they say about having too much of a good thing, whatever that good thing may be. Well here, twenty minutes is just right. There is no need for more. Twenty minutes is all it takes. Coalesce knew it and threw this astonishing onslaught in our faces, and then took a permanent leave of absence knowing that their legacy is well secured. R.I.P.

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