The mighty Corrosion of Conformity is back with a new album, ‘No Cross No Crown’ due for release on the 12 January 2018. We here at Overdrive have had the great privilege to melt our ears and review the goods.
The band’s roots started back in the early 1980’s with their first release ‘Eye for an Eye’ in 1983. They have transformed many times over their career, but one thing always stays the same, the raw powerful sound that is unmistakably C.O.C.
It was 2014 we seen the bands last release as a three piece with IX, a great album, in its own right. With Pepper returning for ‘No Cross No Crown’, there is no mistaking the magic that happens when these four guys get together. The line-up for this album is Reed Mullin on drums, Mike Dean on bass, Woody Weatherman on guitars and Pepper Keenan on guitars, vocals.
‘No Cross No Crown’ has 14 tracks in total. Kicking it all off is ‘Novus Deus’ a track full of sound imagery setting the stage for what is to come. That leads to the killer track ‘The Luddite’ with its dirty riffs it is a kick to the face and feels like it really pays homage to Motorhead. Speaking with Reed recently he said that Motorhead has been a major influence on the band.
Within the album, there are four interlude songs that really set the tone “My theory on that is that if you’re trying to make a record flow, you need to break it up a little. When you need a breather, write an interlude. I like writing those mellow pieces just to space things out and make the next thing come in heavier.” Pepper Kennan.
The first single ‘Cast the first stone’ released in November this year, along with ‘Wolf named Crow’ the second single from this release. Definitely worth checking out before the January 12th release.
Pepper talks a little about how the bands second single came to be “I had a crazy-looking black dog with blue eyes named Crow,” Keenan explains. “I was walking him through the hood where I live in New Orleans and this young kid was tripping on my dog, going, ‘Damn! Is that a wolf?’ I said yeah. Then he goes, ‘What’s his name?’ And I said, ‘Crow.’ And he goes, ‘Damn! He got a wolf named Crow!’ Then he ran off telling his buddies and shit. And I was like, ding! So I took that idea and manipulated it into a song about being hunted.”
A standout song from this album is number nine ‘Nothing left to say.’ the swagger of the vocals and levels within the composition are nothing short of amazing.
This album does not disappoint and is one of their most satisfying albums to date, it sits strong against albums like ‘Deliverance’, ‘Animosity’ and ‘In the arms of God’. As we feel many people will be looking for that connection before they commit to buying it for themselves, we need to strongly say that this is what you have been waiting for. The guys have really delivered. They know their fans and have created a fantastic album.
One thing is for sure they have really stayed true to themselves. The album is truly intoxicating.
A must-have for old and new fans alike.