MetalBite Review by Brad on 2/13/2012
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