Though the signature sound of newly rekindled Kansas hardcore unit Coalesce — crushing grooves, mathy rhythms, and the trademark tracheal attack of vocalist Sean Ingram (shown left) — stands on its own as a pummeling wall of sound, many fans weren’t turned onto the group until Hydra Head Records released a seven-song cover disc of Led Zeppelin tunes in 1999.
All it took was one warm-up word: “check.” When vocalist Sean Ingram (shown left) screamed that syllable sans microphone on Wednesday night, the forthcoming mayhem from math-core groove masters Coalesce was evident.
When mathy, groove-heavy hardcore outfit Coalesce remodeled a short disc’s worth of Led Zeppelin tunes in 1999, fans of Zep’s famous riffage banged their heads in a whole new way. Guitarist Jes Steineger acted as a down-tuned Jimmy Page, former drummer James Dewees flawlessly recreated Jon Bonham’s beats, and, most importantly, vocalist Sean Ingram created a brutal presence in place of Robert Plant’s pipes.
Brace yourselves; Coalesce is back. The pummeling hardcore unit’s new two-song seven-inch may not be out until September, but that doesn’t mean we can’t rock it on repeat.
After spending the better part of the past six years broken up or as a quasi-functional touring unit, hardcore behemoths Coalesce appear to be returning to an operational status.