Corrosion of Conformity
No Cross No Crown


4.5
superb

Review

by Simon.K CONTRIBUTOR (169 Reviews)
January 13th, 2018 | 88 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's time to pay attention.

Here we are folks, if anyone has the faintest bit of knowledge on Corrosion of Conformity’s shaky past, they’ll know this is the album fans have all been waiting for. The classic line-up which created the seminal beasts of Deliverance and Wiseblood is back to unleash hell once more. And it’s safe to say, after the dodgy offerings made in Pepper’s absence, this is clearly the line-up needed to make Corrosion of Conformity fire on all cylinders. Yes, the results of No Cross No Crown are almost too much to digest; to think, a band with this much history and baggage could casually come back together for the first time in over a decade and create something which not only knocks it out of the park, but projects enough visceral rage to crush a planet to dust. These guys sound hungry on here, and it’s honestly the freshest they’ve sounded since Wiseblood. Aesthetically, the album picks its homage to their classic sun-baked, tumbleweed bounding desert vibe; perfectly represented by the LP’s interlude jams which paint a vivid picture before shifting into high-gear to dispatch the riff. And you’ll hear plenty of that here, and it’s all so damn good: the harmonised soloing on “Cast the First Stone” and “Old Disaster”; the classic southern-rock blare of “Forgive Me,” which brings a bounding swing and brace of furious solos; or the quick-tempered, crusty riffs on “The Luddite,” which shares the stage with Pepper’s excellent melodic-bound choruses. These are just a few of the album’s highlights, and truthfully, I’m only scratching the surface here. If you’re a fan of COC, the band’s southern-rock/metal sensibilities are in abundance here, and in this regard alone it’s sure to please fans.

Of course, there is much more to this album than just heavy riffs: the melodically sound “Little Man” is a standout moment and brings a hefty amount of infection to its execution; “Nothing Left to Say” is Corrosion’s interpretation of a ballad track; while “No Cross No Crown” conjures up something which sounds like the dankest of Leonard Cohen tracks – and offers up a nice moment of respite to boot. But credit is largely due to how the guitars and Pepper’s vocals work synergistically to bring optimum results; at this point the band clearly know any insecurities or limitations within the bandcamp and work in sync to ensure songs work efficiently – and it’s this mindset which has resulted in the album reaping the rewards. At 15 tracks, this record really shows no signs of fatigue, this is down to everything working at its A-game: from the awesome guitar work, the cohesive atmosphere, Pepper’s varied vocal takes and the open-minded song-writing, which obliterates the thought of looking at your watch. No Cross No Crown is a rare example of a classic line-up coming back to make music and killing it in the process. Final words: it’s a good time to be a COC fan. Oh, and their cover of Queen’s “Son and Daughter” slays.

Superb.

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Rastapunk
January 13th 2018


1288 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Was waiting for this!

Yeah this is hella good!



Received the CD this morning

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
January 13th 2018


13881 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm really surprised by how good this was.

Dewinged
January 13th 2018


8125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fuck yeah you review'd this Gonzo. Haven't jammed it yet but this 4.5 gives me hope. Lots of.

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ChaoticVortex
January 13th 2018


564 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Absolutely floored how good this is. I liked even the last two albums, but this is pretty much a complete collection of everything why we love COC. Heavy, thick, blues-driven riffs with amazingly well timed melodic moments, every song (even the interludes) are catchy and flow well, and the production is also dynamic. The singles didn't pumped me up too much, but in the context of the whole record they grew on me.

Easily the best thing they made since In the Arms of God or hell even Wiseblood.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
January 13th 2018


7734 Comments


Need to check this out, as I dug the previous one.

zakalwe
January 13th 2018


24318 Comments


Rocks

Groundking
January 13th 2018


343 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I need to listen to this a bit more for a final rating, but it definitely slays, might bump.

Aiwaz
January 13th 2018


6666 Comments


Ahhh its out!

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Aiwaz
January 13th 2018


6666 Comments


Checking this out now. So far so good

Xenophanes
Staff Reviewer
January 13th 2018


975 Comments


Dug this too

Aiwaz
January 13th 2018


6666 Comments


Solid 4 ez

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
January 14th 2018


13881 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good start to the year fo sure.

Thalassic
January 14th 2018


1160 Comments


Slays

doomes
January 14th 2018


279 Comments


holy smokes just started listening and y'all bumpin this

el_newg
January 14th 2018


35 Comments


Heard this was a good return to form, I'll have to check it out!

Aiwaz
January 14th 2018


6666 Comments


It is. I listened to it 6 times today. It's very good.

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
January 14th 2018


13881 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The Luddite is a class opener

doomes
January 14th 2018


279 Comments


'a quest to believe' is sweet

teamster
January 14th 2018


2415 Comments


Anything on here like the song “Pearls Before Swine”? Only album I own from these guys is Deliverance and that track is the best.

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Aiwaz
January 14th 2018


6666 Comments


teamster, you will like this.



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