No Cross No Crown - Corrosion Of Conformity

The place for fans

At first through listening someone will perhaps ask whether or not that's just gone Dizzy Mizz Lizzy in the. Yes, it can be immediately well sound as though the band has coiled the mental time back 30 years and slapped an album together with velmagtsdagene as the only guidepost, but give the plate a little longer and let it sink in, waiting for a big win. It is the COC as we know them, but still new. Fans of the old, and in general all fans of the Pepper Keenan version of the band, don't cheat yourself for No Cross No Crown.

The band in the early 90's managed to gather both punk, thrashere and stonere with their phenomenal blues/metal crossover, have again created a plate with strong riffs, great tracks and a nice groove. I am like a little rubbish to see them at this summer's Copenhell.

Pepper Keenan is back with Corrosion Of Conformity - with one hell of a plate!


Theyre back!

The history of Corrosion Of Conformity (COC) is a long and slightly convoluted tale, whose every detail must with. But the shorter version is that the small band from North Carolina, who originally played hardcore and punk, began to mix a lot more stoner/blues-inspired hard rock into their aggressive expression, when guitarist Pepper Keenan came up with. His first involvement in the band was on the album Blind from 1991, which experienced little deserved hype later on, but in 1994, when Keenan was gone and become the lead singer - came the big breakthrough with the record Deliverance. Two years later came Wiseblood with even more commercial success, and toured with, among others, Metallica followed.

With the years focused Pepper Keenan, however, is increasingly on his little work as a guitarist in Down, and in 2005 the provisional last COC album with Keenan in the front.
But, but, but... Down went into the stand and fortunately for a lot of fans getting Keenan back to COC, which is now finally ready with a comeback-the album No Cross, No Crown.

On a par with the classics

As the attentive reader probably has already spotted on the grade at the top of this review, so all we fans are not waiting in vain. No Cross No Crown is a great great album, and there are many reasons for this.

Of course, there is first and foremost a lot of really great tracks. The first two single from the album, "Cast The First Stone" and "the Wolf Named Crow", are intersections, which is very characteristic of COC and is, as the rest of the plate, in the fin extension of the stylistic approach of Deliverance and Wiseblood. The "Little Man" and "Forgive Me" also shows the excellent style that the band has a refreshing new energy and, in general, seems very motivated and keen to show the world that No Cross No Crown is not just an album, which will finance the pension. It is an album with much heart, and hopefully also the beginning of a new era of COC. In fact, I will venture the assertion, that the plate can compare with the two aforementioned masterpieces from the mid nineties. Yes damn it, it is big words. But I stand by them.

In addition, it should be mentioned that the plate, like Deliverance, is built with the small acoustic interludes here and there, which contribute beautifully to the whole experience and completes the context. Pepper Keenan sings almost better than ever - with impressive aggresivitet and a, for him, unheard of nice register. And last, but not least, is the production and everything sound really nice and thorough. Not nice as in polished, neat and pretentious, but nice because the disc sounds exactly the same as their previous releases. Keenans voice, guitarist Woody Weathermans crunch, Reed Mullins drums and Mike Dean's swampy bass sounds all together like in the old days, and contribute to, that any fan will immediately feel at home in COCs universe anno 2018. Really well done!

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