Coalesce Toronto, ON March 11

Coalesce Toronto, ON March 11
After a lengthy hiatus, legendary underground hardcore-influenced metal band Coalesce have realized their unspent potential and reformed. However, reunions breed fear. Would the Kansas City, MO-based outfit prevail? With the first note of their set, fears that their technically proficient yet passionate barrage has fallen lax in any way over the years were instantly quelled. Hammering away incessantly with a fine mix between favoured catalogue tunes and selections from recent full-length Ox, the band were sublimely powerful and energetic. Most amusingly, though, at points it seemed as if they were overwhelmed with returning to Hogtown after more than a decade, yet so entranced by their own musical exorcism they were entirely unaware of the sizable crowd prodding them on.