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Coalesce 012:2 (Reissue)

012:2 (Reissue)
1. What Happens On The Road Always Comes Home 2. 3. Burn Everything That Bears Our Name 4. While The Jackass Operation Spins It's Wheels 5. Sometimes Selling Out Is Waking Up 6. Where The Hell Is Rick Thorne These Days? 7. Jesus In the Year 2000 / Next On The Shit List 8. Counting Murders And Drinking Beers (The $46,000 Escape) 9. They Always Come In Fall
2008 Relapse Records
Our score 9

by Cory

Back in 1999, while Dillinger Escape Plan were being hailed by many as the future of metal, Coalesce recorded what would become their apparent swansong: the band's Relapse debut and third full-length, 0:12 Revolution In Just Listening. While the band has since reunited a handful of times and even released two newly record songs in 2007, there hasn't been a tremendous amount of excitement around either. To be honest, despite having owned this album since my senior year of high school, I've probably only put it on a few times in the last couple of years. I picked up this newly "remastered" version of the disc and found it easy to listen to and hear the last ten to fifteen years of metal, sludge and doom in what was (and still is) deemed a hardcore record. In fact, it's only in this context that I can safely say this is one of the best heavy records ever made. A careful dissection of this record reveals some of the most common elements of today's burgeoning metal scene being incorporated together in ways that still work despite the decade since the disc's release. Bands like A Life Once Lost and Veil of Maya are still getting mileage out of the whole Meshuggah-style riffing that Coalesce was doing when Chaosphere was still breaking through. The incorporation of glitchy electronics and grating noise into tracks has become common practice among many metalcore bands desperately seeking that new direction to go in, but Coalesce had already been there and done that when these kids were still listening to From Autumn To Ashes records. Album opener "What Happens On The Road Always Comes Home" simultaneously out-clutches Clutch and follow up "" covers territory that Neurosis and Converge are still treading. On their third album, Coalesce used the present to predict the future and did so with pinpoint accuracy and seething intensity. At a brief twenty-three or so minutes and eight proper tracks, 0:12 is an intentionally lean album. There's no filler here (except arguably the instrumental close) and no self-indulgent bullshit. In twenty minutes, Coalesce issued a challenge to their peers and followers that still hasn't been properly met. While every aspect of the record wasn't necessarily innovative, it was certainly forward-thinking, a trait unfortunately missing from most bands and albums altogether. This record sound as if it were brought here by a robot from an alternate timeline where guitar wankery, clean singing and cheesy breakdowns never existed to sweep away the glut of such music in our own time. Apparently someone likeminded over at Relapse Records realized that this criminally underappreciated album had become a minor footnote in the label's history and decided to revive it for a whole new generation of music fans to appreciate. The artwork has been updated from the mildly amateurish drawings of a two-headed fetus (albeit with bad ass clear ink overlay) to a series of photographs of actual fetuses. It really doesn't fit the album any better but I'll bet it's a hell of a lot easier to market. The music, however, seems almost untouched. I put both discs on side by side and was surprised to hear no increase in the disc's volume or even a substantial change in the mix. The new mix was done by Scott Hull of Agoraphobic Nosebleed/Pig Destroyer fame and the only thing I could clearly tell had been changed was that the bass guitar had been brought to the forefront. I never felt the need for improvement in Ed Rose's original production so I'm not complaining that the disc is largely unchanged, but Relapse might want to make it a bit clearer what was actually changed if they want to call it a "remaster." Bottom Line: I'll be the first to admit that repackaging an album less than ten years after its initial release is a bit suspect, particularly when the only discernible change to the original release seems to be a beefed up bass presence. I'm just glad Relapse got this record back onto store shelves and back into the public eye. If you already own this record, double-dipping might not be necessary but do yourself a favor and listen to it today.


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bastardiser_ 7/2/2008 11:10:32 AM


argh_ 7/2/2008 11:17:57 AM


Rob P_ 7/2/2008 11:28:57 AM

That Cory, he speaks the truth.

RobbyRed_ 7/2/2008 11:30:59 AM


balls_ 7/2/2008 11:42:07 AM

holy typos

anonymous 7/2/2008 11:57:46 AM

first hardcore record to seduce me with BADASS few records in my collection, revolution is timeless.

anonymous 7/2/2008 12:00:33 PM

I enver felt the need for improvement

imareader_ 7/2/2008 12:19:47 PM

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grindtilldeath_ 7/2/2008 12:36:09 PM

just because Cooooreyyyy doesn't listen to 12 sec revolution who the f*ck is he to say people aren't excited about new coalesce. what a gay

truthsayer_ 7/2/2008 1:41:31 PM

Incredible record.

anonymous 7/2/2008 2:20:03 PM


dzakillah_ 7/2/2008 3:04:49 PM

this was and is a great record, everyone back in the day knows that coalesce were one of the essential 3 C's, Coalesce, Converge, and Cave In.

wolfpack_ 7/2/2008 4:27:45 PM

Cory sorry about spooging in your mouth last night....oh and quit writing reviews Mr. keebler.

fkjskf_ 7/2/2008 4:35:18 PM

i agree with everything this review says except Converge "treading" territory. Converge was/is just as groundbreaking as this band.

John Hassleback_ 7/2/2008 5:49:57 PM

Maybe the press thinks no one is excited about new material, because the band chose not to have a label "sell" them excitement for the new release.

anonymous 7/2/2008 5:58:37 PM

Great album. I just wish Ingram could find it in himself to shut the f*ck up every now and then.

pee bear_ 7/2/2008 6:52:18 PM

no one has heard from that dude since '02.

anonymous 7/2/2008 6:58:38 PM

* should've clarified. I meant I wish he could've backed off on the vocals while recording the album.

wizardsbeard_ 7/2/2008 7:40:47 PM

I love this record.

dudecore_ 7/2/2008 8:55:36 PM

you cant out clutch CLUTCH

anonymous 7/2/2008 11:17:28 PM

Salt and Passage is pretty sick, too. Looking forward to another album from these cats.

Puppies_need_discipline_ 7/2/2008 11:17:40 PM

"" covers territory that Neurosis are still treading please tell me one f*cking neurosis song that sounds like To imply that Neurosis are still treading ground on a sound that Coalesce is responsible for is absolutely retarded.

anonymous 7/3/2008 5:47:15 AM

this was and is a great record, everyone back in the day knows that coalesce were one of the essential 3 C's, Coalesce, Converge, and Cave In. ..............................this dude is spot on! Great record by one of the few bands that will be remembered after this scene meets the dodo bird.

Godfather_ 7/3/2008 8:38:40 AM

This doesn't deserve a nine.

anonymous 7/3/2008 10:04:14 AM

"To imply that Neurosis are still treading ground on a sound that Coalesce is responsible for is absolutely retarded." I guarantee the guys in coalesce agree with this comment 110%.

anonymous 7/3/2008 11:23:40 AM

If this record gets a 9 then someone should go back and change Give Them Rope and Functioning on Impatience's scores to 17/10.

john_doe_ 7/3/2008 11:51:50 AM

here's the thing: this isn't even their best album.

chrisd_ 7/3/2008 1:23:37 PM

be quiet doe. you know it's their best. i love this album but unless they're tacking on some new/ unreleased stuff or it sounds incredibly different, i'm not shelling out for it.

Jeff Bridges_ 7/3/2008 3:34:08 PM

"The new mix was done by Scott Hull..." It was "rematered", not "remixed". There is an ENORMOUS difference. If you are a so-called 'critic', you need to know the difference.

Jeff Bridges_ 7/3/2008 3:37:05 PM

"remastered", I mean. To say that Neurosis are treading on Coalesce's water is f*cking insane. I am huge fans of both, but let's be serious for a second here.

arty_mcfarty_ 7/3/2008 4:18:59 PM

whoa, a good cory review, i'll check to see if the sky is caving in...........great job though

Cory_ 7/3/2008 4:28:05 PM

First off, I never implied that Neurosis or Converge were copying Coalesce, just that they are still playing this stuff ten years later. Secondly, whoever noted that this record was in fact "remastered" was correct and I do understand the difference.

dripping_warm_cum_ 7/3/2008 5:52:10 PM

i like

brokenhero_ 7/3/2008 10:26:12 PM

so many stupid comments. this is not a new record, and yes it would still be groundbreaking if it came out today.

ballsballsballsneenuballs_ 7/3/2008 10:42:17 PM

several thoughts: 1. There's more than just bass tweaked on 012:2 ... guitars are infinitely clearer and the overall separation is incredible. -It is an oustanding record. Too bad relapse only released it as an ep. It's hard to name bests with this band. I have favorites but this band just keeps suprising me. -As far as the comment of wishing sean would "shut up once in a while"... That is officially the WEAKEST comment on this post. You must either a) not like coalesce. b) are a fan of

ballsballsballsneenuballs_ 7/3/2008 10:45:11 PM

my comment above about them not being EverytimeIDie was in reference to how they are NOT a trend band. HYPE HYPE HYPE. $$$$$$ Cult band is more like it.

pukeskywalker_ 7/4/2008 12:18:23 AM

"3 C's, Coalesce, Converge, and Cave In." - let it also be noted that the names all involve things coming together/collapsing into themselves. Coincidence??? You decide.

john brown's ghost_ 7/4/2008 5:44:44 AM

this isn't their best record. period. but it's a fine cut nonetheless. coalesce aged very well and continues to quietly influence. however, deploying neurosis and converge for a list of bands treading on their style was a terrible mistake. straight up. both bands are far too old to say such a thing. shit, neurosis are granddads to the '90s boston/kansas city alliance. see isis for more on that shit.

james_ 7/4/2008 2:34:29 PM

i have to say that this record is wonderful but this article f*cking sucks. doesn't say anything new or add anything to the discussion. and LOL at the 18v beef, i always thought that was hilarious.

anonymous 7/6/2008 4:35:19 AM

This album is boring as shit your all gay

thetowerofrome_ 7/9/2008 4:00:39 AM

amazing record

Dave2112_ 7/17/2008 8:11:11 AM

With a 9/10 I was hoping they would have remastered it or did more then "turn up the bass". The production of this album murdered it to me. Never liked it. If they want to reissue a album, let it be Functioning on Impatience, which will always be their great work & one of the greatest modern metal albums,ever. I dont get this reissue, Im confused.