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Album Review

While clocking in at only 20 minutes, and containing just seven tracks, Coalesce's Functioning on Impatience may very well be their best release. And having a crisp, brilliant layout for the album art doesn't hurt the cause, either. The first track starts out with vocalist Sean Ingram bellowing a cappella in his caustic, wounded tone. The drumbeats start off simply, and right before everything explodes, Ingram subtly proclaims, "You can't kill us all," thus opening the way for a song full of rhythmic, churning guitar work, tight drumming, and rumbling basslines, all of which are accompanied by the thick vocal growls. Much of the album follows that routine, but always finds a way to keep things interesting, whether it be the zombie-like cadence on "A New Language," or the off-time, back-and-forth guitar work on "Measured in Gray." There are a good amount of time changes and starts-and-stops worked into the squealing guitar work of Jes Steineger. The rhythm section maintains a ridiculously tight reign on their set of the songs, reminding the listener that despite the up-front guitar work and Ingram's memorable vocals, they're actually the real power behind Coalesce. When the listener is driven to the lyrics in the booklet, they'll find biting, sharp barbs whose overall message remains somewhat mysterious. Nonetheless, they accompany the tracks quite well, and work with the vocals perfectly to emphasize the gritty, brutal nature of the band. Amazingly, the highlight of Functioning on Impatience would have to be the amount of groove and tight rhythms. That's not to say that this is music one can dance to, rather, in the midst of Coalesce trying to work the time-changes that many a future metal band would try and emulate, they've actually doubled back on themselves and created a very rudimentary, almost tribal rhythm in many of the songs. Granted, that beat tends to change quite often, but it's surely a welcome surprise considering the lack of progression and intelligence all too often seen in metal.

Customer Reviews


My favorite Coalesce release, probably them at their best. Stand out tracks: you can't kill us all, a disgust for details, and measured in grey.

the masters

Every other band should just stop trying to sound like them. They are the masters. They invented this. And it's not fake major label crap. The real deal.


Very angry album which never slows down never any relaxing parts.


Formed: Kansas City, MO

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Coalesce's music has consistently pushed the boundaries of the hardcore and metal genres, forging a mind-boggling obsession with strange, shifting tempos with power, noise, groove, and a creativity paralleled only by the band's peers in Dillinger Escape Plan and Botch. The origins of Coalesce can be traced back to a band called Breach — a group not to be confused with the European outfit that shares their name. Breach formed in January of 1994 with Jes Steineger on guitar, Stacy Hilt on bass,...
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