Saturday 13 January 2018

Album Review: CORROSION OF CONFORMITY - No Cross No Crown

Corrosion Of Conformity - No Cross No Crown
01. Novus Deus
02. The Luddite
03. Cast The First Stone
04. No Cross
05. Wolf Named Crow
06. Little Man
07. Matre's Diem
08. Forgive Me
09. Nothing Left To Say
10. Sacred Isolation
11. Old Disaster
12. E.L.M.
13. No Cross No Crown
14. A Quest To Believe (A Call To The Void)
15. Son And Daughter

I first crossed paths with Corrosion of Conformity when they played the song Albatross on a TV show called The Word, back in the 90's. I remember rushing out to my local record shop the following day to buy their Deliverance album, and have followed them ever since. 

Naturally, I was very happy when main-man Pepper Keenan returned to the band as lead vocalist / guitarist a few years ago, and I was lucky enough to catch their set at the UK's Download Festival. No Cross No Crown is the first album to feature Pepper back on vocals since 2005's In The Arms Of God, so it's been something I've been looking forward to for some time.

Corrosion of Conformity are still masters of that vintage southern groove, as proven on killer tracks like Wolf Named Crow, Little Man and the multi-textured Nothing Left To Say. They clearly haven't stopped worshipping at the temple of Black Sabbath, and this has served them well. There are thousands of Southern Rock and Stoner bands out there trying desperately to make records as good as this one. Corrosion of Conformity do it so much better than most because they simply write great songs.

There are some high-octane belters on here, such as the head-banging Cast The First Stone and The Luddite, all mixed in with plenty of mid-paced chilled Stoner tracks to keep fans of Pepper's other band Down more than happy.

No Cross No Crown is a triumphant return, and their best album since Deliverance. That's what I wanted from this record, and Corrosion of Conformity have 'delivered' indeed.


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