Corrosion of Conformity
Released: Feb 2012
Label: Candlelight Records
Back as a trio after seven years off, North Carolina's old crossover punks don't sound quite brawny enough to pull off the increasingly blues-based doom-metal they spend much of their 2012 album shooting for: They get decent grooves started, but just don't maintain them. Partially that's by design -- tempos switch back and forth a lot. Their hardcore has '70s swamp-boogie body to it; fast sputterer "Rat City" might work best, when all's said and done. But the desert-themed instrumental, dead-soldier protest and anti-sellout number that doubles as a late-Metallica parody are also kind of neat.
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