Corrosion Of Conformity
Review by Brad on February 13, 2012.
An obvious, but maybe annoying point with the new COC album is the lack of Pepper Keenan. The songs are great on this record even without him. Like one would expect, there are great riffs and the drums flow and add to the guitars like most COC songs. 'River Of Stone' is a perfect example of what COC does. While this release seems to have more of the punk influence shining through; it is not a bad thing.
The production is a bit disappointing. Although I do not think COC would have benefited from super-well-produced-radio-shit. I do, however, feel that they left this release a little too 'loose'. Pepper brought such a strong voice and guitar. Not to say that Mike Dean does not do a fantastic job-because he does. Even though they may have played tighter than they ever have, the production doesn't do a good job of showing it.
All in all, when you accept that Keenan is not on this album what you have is an awesome COC album. Its no "Deliverance" but it is comparable to "In The Arms Of God". The songs and structures are as COC as it comes. Ass-kicking, sludgy/bluesy riffs/solos, groaning yet powerful vocals, and colorful rhythm sections is what Corrosion is. If you think you'll hear something else you are wrong. So grab your beer, turn this up as loud as you can and sink into the Conformity-------that is still Corroded.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 7 out of 10