Coalesce
OX EP


4.0
excellent

Review

by Adam Thomas STAFF
November 3rd, 2009 | 31 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 2009: The Year of the Ox.

2009 has been a monumental year for Metalcore. Not because of any worthwhile contributions by the sub-genre's rising stars but because the bands on whose backs the style was built and perfected came out of retirement, dusted off their instruments, and showed the new kids on the block how to, in the immortal words of Prince, party like it's 1999. Like the legendary Cave In and Converge that proved that they could still push Metalcore to new heights while being in their 30's, Coalesce showed listeners that they were still fit to be behind the wheel of their musical steamroller a decade after their supposed heyday with their comeback full length OX. Not ones to rest on their laurels, as soon as OX hit shelves Coalesce hit the studio. The result was OX EP.

The OX EP is the companion piece to its stunning namesake LP, and as such it follows in the same vein of bass heavy Americana as OX. The OX EP contains five new tracks (not including the coupled opener and closer “Ox to Ore” and “Ore to Earth” that recall Sepultura's “Refuse/Resist”) of sludgy, moody, and downright pissed off metal. OX EP's first real song, “The Blind Eye”, hits like a Mac truck, as the band throw out groovy riff after groovy riff. “Through Sparrows I Rest” is an absolute beast. Sean Ingram's vocal chords work overtime, traversing a sea of tumultuous down-tempo bass and blues inspired lead work powerful enough to level a red wood. Coalesce also expand on the spaghetti western flair that was experimented with on OX, making “Joyless in Life” and “Absent in Death” sound like something from an Ennio Morricone soundtrack. Even though they act more as interludes than actual songs, they help add to the diversity and personality that ties the OX EP together.

With the release of OX and the OX EP, 2009 belongs to Coalesce. Not only did they release the best work in their already legendary career, they did it with the spirit and energy of kids half their age. Viva la OX.



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Athom
Staff Reviewer
November 3rd 2009


17224 Comments


OK. now that I've got that out of the way, I really need to study. lates.

accompliceofmydeath
November 3rd 2009


4265 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks. Aren't you graduated yet?

Digging: New Found Glory - Resurrection

Athom
Staff Reviewer
November 3rd 2009


17224 Comments


changing majors, bad class choices, changing majors again... wooo college

accompliceofmydeath
November 3rd 2009


4265 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol. Alright, I'll let ya get to studying then.

Relinquished
November 3rd 2009


25311 Comments


EP is making me recall the Cave In/Coalesce show.

HighandDriving
November 3rd 2009


3288 Comments


Review makes me mad that Burnt By The Sun wasn't mentioned with Converge and Cave In.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
November 3rd 2009


17224 Comments


Burnt By the Sun always remind me of the next generation of bands because they were primarily active in my freshman year of high school. Plus i could never really get into them.

HighandDriving
November 4th 2009


3288 Comments


Neg'd.

PanasonicYouth
November 4th 2009


7412 Comments


LOL the year of the ox
i get it
not really

accompliceofmydeath
November 4th 2009


4265 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^lol

Athom
Staff Reviewer
November 4th 2009


17224 Comments


according to the placemats at the shitty chinese restaurant i go to, it really is the year of the ox.

PuddlesPuddles
November 4th 2009


4787 Comments


I thought it was the rat? Well, I've been had

PanasonicYouth
November 4th 2009


7412 Comments


oh seriously? wow
time to WIKIPEDIA

Athom
Staff Reviewer
November 4th 2009


17224 Comments


OX is a title so relevant it only could have come from dudes that eat a lot of beef and broccoli

marksellsuswallets
November 4th 2009


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This rules so hard.

TheyTookOurJobs
November 9th 2009


1318 Comments


ive hard the streaming, good so far

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2009


7375 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

need to hear this, i liked ox a lot. great review btw

WarAllTheTime988
November 16th 2009


360 Comments


I haven't listened to this enough times to say for sure - and although there is less music - I feel as though I very well might like this more than OX. That being said - OX destroys and so does this!

Athom
Staff Reviewer
December 17th 2009


17224 Comments


still rules

WarAllTheTime988
December 17th 2009


360 Comments


Yeah it does.



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