View Full Version : Coalesce -- Lawrence, KS -- May 10th, 2010

05-10-2010, 09:46 PM
Coalesce: 10/10
Black Breath: 9/10
Touche Amore: 8.5/10
Canyons: 7.5/10

Canyons = pretty standard hardcore. Also a local band.

Touche Amore: The most melodic band on this bill. Kept thinking of a more hardcore punk version of Title Fight.

Black Breath: An even better version of Trap Them with a tinge of black metal. Awesome.

Coalesce: Probably one of the top 5 performances I've ever seen in my life. I will attempt to put it into words in my next post, but it will be hard. Honestly, it was amazing. I had chills during most of their set.

Review in a bit.

05-10-2010, 10:12 PM
It's oddly prophetic. I was looking up Paul McCartney live videos yesterday for no reason, and I remembered the lyrics to "Hey Jude" as I was at The Bottleneck last night. "Take a sad song and make it better." When I found out earlier in the day that Converge would have to skip our date and Colorado because of van troubles, I considered not even going for a while. But it turns out that Coalesce and co. did just what Sir Paul was writing about: they took a potentially depressing situation and made it better than anyone could have ever expected.

With a lowered price (and a $5 refund for everyone who bought advance tickets), pushed-back start time, January weather in May and some really friendly people waiting in line with me, the show finally got started around 8:30. Local hardcore band Canyons started up with no soundcheck and barely an introduction. While each member of the group had a couple of hiccups that sounded like they could be fixed with more practice and a run-of-the-mill hardcore sound, Canyons really got the show off on a good foot. It set the feeling for the rest of the evening.

setlist included:

Bob Farley
Why We're Not Paid To Think

Touche Amore, who is replacing Lewd Acts for the rest of the tour, was up next and they were by far the most melodic band on the bill, yet they were still great. The crowd was screaming along with every song and sometimes there was only the crowd and the singer screaming without the help of any instruments. Really cool stuff. It was their first time playing and I hope they come back real soon.

setlist included:


If you've listened to Trap Them but want something even better, Black Breath is the place to go. Perfectly combining the grind/hardcore/crust punk that Trap Them does so good and adds just a hint of black metal in the way it's played and you've got a real winner. The Bottleneck was transported back to the 80's by how many gigantic circle pits were happening. Lots and lots of headbanging. A real stand-out on a tour full of stand-outs.

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I'm going to try doing something that will be really tough for me. I'm going to try and put into words just how good Coalesce's performance was. But it's hard. Coalesce is not a band that you can quantify how good a performance is. You can't say, "I can bang my head this hard to Coalesce" or "I can scream along to Coalesce this much" or anything else like that. Coalesce seemlessly combines hardcore, metal, sludge, stoner, mathcore, and noise rock into one of the most challenging, intense, beautiful pieces of musical art I've ever witnessed.

Coalesce does not need gimmicks. In a heavy music scene today where giving 110% during a live show is measured in how hard you windmill or how brutal your music can be, Coalesce wipes the floor with everyone. Every member acted like a man possessed. More than once, Sean Ingram, the vocalist, collapsed to the floor from completely screaming until his body gave out. This is not planned, he does not do this to make people thing "Wow, he must be giving his all up there." It just happens because I can tell that these guys eat, sleep, and breathe what Coalesce is all about. The guitarist, Jes Steineger, literally had his eyes rolling in the back of his head as he slammed his fist against his guitar and convulsed into the crowd. It was as frightening as it was genius, the raucous cacophony came together into one of the most intense and personal performances I've ever seen. As they tore through their entire catalog, including Ox and Ox EP, the crowd never let up. They sang along, they stage dived, and everything the crowd gave to Coalesce, Coalesce gave back even more. One of the most inspiring performances I've ever seen, and one of the best.

There's a reason Coalesce are considered legends of the hardcore/metal scene. For an hour on a cold, rainy night in Lawrence, KS, four normal-looking dudes transported an eager crowd back to a time where metalcore wasn't a dirty word. Pure art.

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05-10-2010, 10:14 PM
Would you recommend it to someone who isn't familiar with their music and might be bored on a Friday?

05-10-2010, 10:15 PM
Would you recommend it to someone who isn't familiar with their music and might be bored on a Friday?

Absolutely. Coalesce really are living legends. If you're okay with heavy music that is chaotic, off the walls crazy then I would highly recommend it. Especially if Converge is playing, too.

05-10-2010, 11:01 PM
Absolutely. Coalesce really are living legends. If you're okay with heavy music that is chaotic, off the walls crazy then I would highly recommend it. Especially if Converge is playing, too.

Can't stand Converge, but I thought Ox was okay-pretty good.

05-10-2010, 11:07 PM
it really sucks that you missed converge, but i will now absolutely check out coalesce and black breath based solely on what you wrote

05-10-2010, 11:11 PM
I'm listening now and they played Wild Ox Moan, and it was probably the single-best song performance I've seen in a long time.

05-11-2010, 06:57 AM
Nice Review man, sounded intense. Again Not really my style of music I don't think, but reading this stuff almost makes me wish it was...

05-11-2010, 07:13 AM
You do pretty good writeups Manks

05-11-2010, 01:43 PM
Coalesce isn't playing on the Atlanta date... I'm so depressed :finger2: They're even better than Converge...

Touche Amore just got added to our show, as we lost Harvey Milk (yay) and Lewd Acts (nay). Gaza's also playing this show. I used to think Gaza were great, but now I see that they're actually pretty boring. You're right about BLack Breath though, they're amazing (but their Razor EP is awful)

I'm considering whether I should still go. I like converge a lot but I don't LOVE them. :hmm:

05-11-2010, 01:43 PM
I am glad you liked Black Breath Mank. I found out about them a couple of months ago and they are really damn good.

05-11-2010, 07:43 PM
I fucking hate you more than words can express right now. :bouville:

05-12-2011, 08:26 PM
Bump, because:

1. It's been just over a year since this, and it was a fucking awesome show.

2. Seeing Touche Amore on Monday and am super stoked.

3. Reminding myself that Converge canceled but Tweeted me to say they'll play here this year!

4. I actually found Coalesce's set:


05-12-2011, 08:34 PM
Sound like an insane show, just hearing Black Breath right now and im totally loving it.