Opening the iTunes Store.If iTunes doesn’t open, click the iTunes icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop.Progress Indicator
Opening the iBooks Store.If iBooks doesn't open, click the iBooks app in your Dock.Progress Indicator

iTunes is the world's easiest way to organize and add to your digital media collection.

We are unable to find iTunes on your computer. To preview and buy music from The Coup de Grace by The Coup de Grace, download iTunes now.

Do you already have iTunes? Click I Have iTunes to open it now.

I Have iTunes Free Download
iTunes for Mac + PC

The Coup de Grace

Open iTunes to preview, buy and download music.

Album Review

Originally released on Twin/Tone in 1990 but reissued on Caroline's Red Decibel subsidiary in 1993 (possibly because Dave Pirner of then-hot Soul Asylum had produced the album), the self-titled debut by the Coup de Grace is a mixture of hardcore thrash and speed metal. The two styles fit together so well — after all, Metallica and the Melvins are just two fruits from the same Blue Cheer-meets-Black Sabbath tree — that it's at times impossible to distinguish which elements of which songs come from which antecedent. Unfortunately, that's about the most entertainment one is likely to mine out of this release. The songs are forgettable collections of recycled thrash riffs played with an acceptable level of intensity, but zero personality; the lyrics are primarily clichés, delivered by guitarist Steve Wresh in a distracted, offhand way that saps them of any interest they might have otherwise had. Diehard thrash fans might find the Coup de Grace mildly diverting, but not much more.


Formed: 1988 in Minneapolis, MN

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Minneapolis metal band the Coup de Grace got more publicity from having their eponymous 1990 debut album produced by Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner than for the rather mundane limp-wristed thrash music it contained. Featuring vocalist Jimmy Coup (aka James Mecherle), guitarist Steve Wresh, bassist Kurt Gillispie, and drummer Chris Westling, the band persisted in frustrating anonymity for five more years, finally issuing a sophomore album in 1995 entitled The Art of Survival...
Full bio
The Coup de Grace, The Coup de Grace
View in iTunes

Customer Ratings

We have not received enough ratings to display an average for this album.