I underestimated this album. At first listen, I wasn't impressed by the comeback album of the veterans Corrosions Of Conformity. A few spins more, and my attitude has changed considerably! This is an excellent album!
Somewhere deep down in the depths of my music collection is a record called 'Blind'. It came out in 1991 and it's my only proper encounter with COC. Yes, I know, real COC fans will probably say that this is not the reference piece, but so be it. Anyway, I used to like that album a lot, but it sort of disappeared from my eyesight years ago. A shame, really, because now that I've dug it out of the archives again, it turns out to be an album that still functions. To some extent, it has a warmer, more smooth feel than this new release.
The new album, simply entitled 'Corrosion Of Conformity' is a pleasant mixture of Black Sabbathesque thunder riffing, stoner feeling and an element of punk.
In a way, the first track, Psychic Vampire, sets the scene brilliantly by encompassing more or less all the elements that are used throughout the album; a cool, doomy floating riff, bits with punkish aggression, Mike Dean's anguish-filled vocal and, very importantly, plenty of variation.
This is a wonderful album, and right now I don't get why I didn't see that immediately. Buy by the millions!