CORROSION OF CONFORMITY

"Corrosion of Conformity" (Candlelight; 2012)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Since frontman and guitarist Pepper Keenan has been sequestered to play in NOLA supergroup Down for an inordinate amount of time, the remaining three members of seminal heavy group Corrosion of Conformity decided to continue and record with the original three piece lineup of Mike Dean, Woody Weatherman and the hard hitting Reid Mullin returning behind the kit for their latest studio effort.

This eponymous endeavor is a remarkably balanced 11-track tour-de-force spanning the trio’s rich history of both underground hardcore punk crossover and recognizable bluesy sludge metal, channeling all eras of the three-decade old act while demonstrating a rabid reverence for past glories (“River of Stone”) and affirmative nods to their sound from back in the day (“Leeches”).

While those who only know the band’s music from their most popular period may yearn for Keenan’s warm and soulful croon, Dean (no stranger to the singer slot in COC) and Weatherman step up and pick the slack up admirably, adding an element of unpredictability along the way keeping listeners intrigued and engaged (“Your Tomorrow”, “What We Become”).

Celebrating a triumphant resetting of their unique style, Corrosion of Conformity’s latest album exudes with an invigorated heaviness where boundaries are cast aside and raw rock ‘n roll reigns supreme.

For more information, please visit www.coc.com.

"America's Volume Dealer" (Koch; 2000)

Reviewed by Kate Smith

Corrosion of Conformity have finally returned with the release of this long-awaited album! C.O.C. have transcended from severe metal to more of a hard rock genre and still maintain a huge following of fans. Apparently, this band can only get better with age. 

"Congratulations Song" is a heavy tune that leads in with screaming guitars and a crunching rhythm section that will have you banging your head throughout the whole song. "Stare Too Long" is a classic piece with a blues undertone and by far one of my favorites. You'll need to be cruising down a deserted highway somewhere listening to this one. "Who's Got the Fire" is another heavy one that you would hear out on the streets in New Orleans. With energetic rhythms it shows that Pepper Keenan has one of the best voices in hard rock. 

C.O.C. is an amazing band that manages to come out with something new on every album and this one contains some of their finest moments.

For more information, please visit www.coc.com.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

 


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