Corrosion of Conformity

Corrosion of Conformity

Written by: PP on 12/04/2012 17:30:35

Corrosion of Conformity should need no introduction to many of our older readers; they were a huge part of the crossover thrash movement back in the day, and of course also stoner metal/hard rock on some albums. But it must not be easy being in CoC today, at least based on sales numbers. Back in 1994 their most successful album "Deliverance" sold 440,000 copies in the US alone. In 2005, their previous album "In The Arms Of God" sold just under 9,000 copies. That's a dramatic drop and things aren't going to get any easier in 2012 for their eighth studio album "Corrosion Of Conformity".

The band still dabble somewhere between crossover thrash of the kind that influenced, among others, Municipal Waste and other revivalists, stoner-esque melodies, hard rock sequences, as well as more experimental material as "El Lamento De Las Cabras", which almost sounds like a southern rock track. Essentially, when CoC aren't busy borrowing on the Black Sabbath foundations of 'doom rock' or whatever you want to call their style today, they are thrashing away, or playing with unusual elements. So they definitely stick out from the crowd.

But does that make for a good album? While "Corrosion Of Conformity" has its moments, it doesn't have me entirely convinced on why I should press repeat by the time "Time Of Trials" closes the album. It's not bad per se, but the songs lack a) energy, b) drive, and c) repeat-play value despite owning hefty amounts of groovy and almost psychedelic stoner-ness and crossover godhood.

Download: Leeches, The Doom, Time Of Trials
For the fans of: Down, Crowbar, Orange Goblin, Big Game Hunt, Clutch
Listen: Myspace

Release date 27.02.2012
Candlelight Records

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