Coroner
No More Color


5.0
classic

Review

by Geadom USER (9 Reviews)
February 2nd, 2013 | 219 replies


Release Date: 1989 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Warning: Contagious material lies ahead. Approach with care or prepare to be addicted.

What’s exactly a transitional album? Just by reading the term, you start to think about that middle record that isn’t quite like the rawer and honest good old times, or as developed as the newer, refined material; ending as just “that” record that is somehow cool, but doesn’t deliver the goods as before and after its inception. You’ll be posed to think this is the case here, but that line of thinking is the most far for the truth though you’ll have today, because No More Color is the transitional album that breaks the mold. How?

By combining the BEST parts from their previous output (1988´s Punishment for Decadence ), giving their sound a better production, and a more cohesive songwriting that lacked before (and will soon be the main ingredient found in 1991´s Mental Vortex ), Coroner creates one addictive formula that has the unusual (maybe quasi impossible) ability to cater to new consumers AND allows itself to be carefully dissected by more experienced and demanding users.

The first time examining the composition, Ron Broder vocals are going to stick as the first and maybe the deadliest of the ingredients. His harsh thrash vocals have a sharp RASP end that are just not going to amaze you, being understandable and having a tremendous range for thrash metal; but they also leave you wanting for more, scratching that internal curiosity that all dependent chemicals create. His chills on the first track, Die by my hand , are quickly replaced by more laidback and even more vicious vocals on the two next tracks, Read my scars and D.O.A , and even on the processed and more synth-mixed closing track, Last Entertainment you won’t be nothing less but impressed on his diverse delivery. His Bass skills are no joke either, having a superiorly advanced three fingers technique, highly audible and contagious sound, and own diverse lines, which not only create a backbone for the music, but manage to even steal your attention from it, even on the most important moments of the record.

Marky Edelmman drumming is without a doubt the catalyst on the mix, delivered in a high-quality concentration : His drum parts are absolutely delicious, well thought and most important; self-restricted, making the rhythm part of the band by far the most dangerously obsessive. Don’t be surprised if you found yourself humming the bass and double bass parts on the song climaxes, like his machine-gun drumming on Read my scars, or his intrepid parts on Why it hurts . Another facet that makes his contributions extremely contagious is the lyrics. Edelmann creates quite possible the most human and society dissective / introspective lyrics you´ll ever are going to listen. Just pick one song, and prepare to be completely blown away by topics like personal burdens / depression ( Tunnel of Pain), critiques to the T.V and how it manages to control our minds ( Last Entertainment ), or the amazingly reflective Read my Scars. Coupled with Broder vocal delivery, THIS IS the album that you´re going to hum, sing, think and crave until it’s engraved in your brain.

I decided to leave the most enslaving part for the end, and the one you should be most worried about: Tommy Vetterli guitar playing. Nothing is going to prepare you for his dazzled, twisted, retorted, bent and flex way of riffing; and that’s what’s going to honestly, make you completely helpless addicted to the album. His playing is impeccable in every song, and not only he manages to find the perfect riff for every occasion ( Mistress of Deception, Tunnel of Pain ), and how to control them (never letting his amazing skills go outta hand, something that plagued the previous album), but his ability to solo is what sets his part of the mix unquestionable as the most corrosive. Pinpointing one of them is just not fair to explain how he makes every song unique, independent, and miles above of what your perception of thrash or progressive music is, but his silent solo on D.O.A, his amazing picking on Read my Scars, and his fierce tonality on Die by my Hand are going to hook you up worse than any other substance you´ve tried so far.

Bearing a transitional title that is no indication of its highly contagious nature, No More Color manages to have its own mix of potent and powerful music, extremely talented musicians playing at their peak, and a dose of originality and delivery not found on his age and subsequent decades. Be careful: this chemical is highly addictive and even a minor dose is going to make you crave for more. But with quality as pure and uncompromised as this, dependence is the best option when dealing with this hidden gem.

Recommended tracks:

All of them are unique, recommended and different enough, but my greater fixation is towards:

No need to be Human
Read my Scars
D.O.A
Tunnel of Pain
Last Entertainment



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Geadom
February 2nd 2013


2812 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You know the drill: English is not my native language, so any errors, input and / or critics are always appreciated.

Im cleaning a lot of stuff, like nao!

Geadom
February 2nd 2013


2812 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Last Entertainment Official Video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sj_eRArS-xU

Tunnel of Pain:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GV_S-HMdJaI

Read my Scars

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_sAM7S7ZEY

Full LIVE IN EAST BERLIN 1990 with mostly live material from this album:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJg4mh7moUo

KILL
February 2nd 2013


71856 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

awesome album would read but my eyes cbf

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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 2nd 2013


21248 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

All the bold and italics make this kinda hard to read and a couple errors like '[i] Why it hurts [i]'

But pos'd anyway, amazing album.

Digging: Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright in the End

Geadom
February 2nd 2013


2812 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Fixed some mistakes (like the one Insurrection mentioned).
If bolding makes it awkward to read i´ll remove it, but so far, im proud of this review : )

KILL
February 2nd 2013


71856 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yea remove the bolding

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 2nd 2013


19790 Comments


great review I do agree about the bolding though. Maybe just capitalize some of those words instead for fun?

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XingKing
February 2nd 2013


10709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That bolding is insanely excessive.

Geadom
February 2nd 2013


2812 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Bolding is out. Thanks for the input guys.

Atari: Sent you an invite on FB, add me up.

evilford
February 2nd 2013


22660 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Great review pos'd ahrd, classic album best thrash band ever etc etc

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facupm
February 2nd 2013


7780 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

good review, i should get this one, since I loved Mental Vortex, but never had time to check this one up

pos

DotEight
February 2nd 2013


5539 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Too drunk to read the review but I was just jamming this on the way home. Win.

XingKing
February 3rd 2013


10709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Too drunk to read the review but not drunk enough to not type correctly including capitalization and punctuation!

Chortles
February 3rd 2013


17967 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol

KILL
February 3rd 2013


71856 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

doa all day

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
February 3rd 2013


6145 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Well written review, pos

Needless to say, the whole record slays, "Mistress Of Deception" takes scalps...





Some suggestions:

good ole times

old



being understandable and having a tremendous range for thrash metal; but also are going to leave you wanting for more

they leave you wanting for more



Marky Edelmman has the minor part on the mix, for the best because what lacks in quantity, it’s delivered in a high-quality concentration

This does not read so well (especially the first sentence), Marky's drumming is just as important as anything else in the album

Digging: Raven Throne - ???????? ?????????

Geadom
February 3rd 2013


2812 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

1-) Ole is slang for "old"
2-) I gave you this
3-) Got your point, but i wasnt trying to take anything for his drumming, but to keep the "chemical" theme going on.

Anyways, thanks for the inputs, everything´s fixed now, check it and tell me what you think.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
February 3rd 2013


6145 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

The corrections i pointed out are just suggestions, you don't have to make use of them if you feel they are not necessary :-)

Band needs to record something new.

evilford
February 3rd 2013


22660 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

'Needless to say, the whole record slays, "Mistress Of Deception" takes scalps...'

YEAH and no need to be human particularly. And yeah doa

Geadom
February 4th 2013


2812 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

WHY, DO YOU DO THIS?



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