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Corrosion of Conformity: Corrosion of Conformity

Corrosion of Conformity is back! Now a trio and Pepper Keenan-less, but the sludgy, heavy and kinda Stoner Rock riffs are abundant on their latest effort simply entitled, Corrosion of Conformity (CandlelightRecords). The Animosity era line up, featuring Mike Dean on bass & vocals, Woody Weatherman on guitar and drummer/vocals Reed Mullin, deliver a crushing and bruising record that is somewhere in-between 70's Sabbath,70's Punk and California Stoner Rock. The riffing is what keeps this record steeped in Metal, but the sensibilities of all of their influences come bubbling to the top.

Corrosion of Conformity is C.O.C's first new disc in over 6 years, since 2005's In The Arms of God and I for one was a little skeptical with the absence of Pepper Keenan. But my initial woes were easily wiped away with the opening riff of "Psychic Vampire". Such a stone cold groove with a ton of attitude that blasts into a double time beat and back again. Cool vocal stylings are brought to you by Mike Dean and to be honest they do have that Pepper kinda sheen to them, which is cool, but whatever, this record is slammin'.

The barnstormer that is "River of Stone" will melt your face off, "Your Tomorrow" keeps the locomotive theme rolling along with another head bobbing riff, while "The Doom" slows it right down and invokes illusions of early, classic Black Sabbath, slow, brooding and mean with a cool punked up mid section to steam roll your face. Power is something NOT lacking from this version of C.O.C. Wearing your influences on your sleeve is a good thing and you can hear them all over this self titled record, while never forgetting who you are listening to. This SOUNDS like classic C.O.C., dirty and mean.

Production is dirty and a little muddy, which is obviously exactly what they were going for here. The low end mix of this record really makes the overall sound of Corrosion of Conformity. The Stoner Rock feel mixed with the Doom Metal element, with the overall punk attitude bodes well as a whole. As mentioned earlier, if you are a fan of the Pepper Keenan eraC.O.C., you will NOT be disappointed. This record carries on with the Metal feel of that era, while mixing the earlier sound into it and creating an excellent record for early 2012. You will be hard pressed to find a dud in the 11 tracks on this record. Play it loud and drink up!

Track Listing
1. Psychic Vampire
2. River Of Stone
3. Leeches
4. El Lamento de Las Cabras
5. Your Tomorrow
6. The Doom
7. The Moneychangers
8. Come Not Here
9. What We Become
10. Rat City
11. Time Of Trials

Added: January 15th 2012
Reviewer: Butch Jones
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 1857
Language: english

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