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|Corrosion of Conformity|
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
One of the original crossover bands of the mid-80s, Corrosion of Conformity has always been one of those bands that never quite goes away, though they do their very best to attempt doing themselves in. Though I am too lazy... more »
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One of the original crossover bands of the mid-80s, Corrosion of Conformity has always been one of those bands that never quite goes away, though they do their very best to attempt doing themselves in. Though I am too lazy to actually look it up, I don't think there have been two albums in a row with the exact same lineup. Either bassist Mike Dean is singing or he's not in the band or he's just playing bass. Or someone named Simon Bob is handling vocals. Or something. So what is it about this Sabbath-influenced hardcore thrash band? Beats me. Technocracy is a competent, aggressive piece of work, featuring some earlier COC works on one short disc, but it's far from exciting. The tempos are punk but the heaviness is metal. The singing is generally weak throughout, lacking the depth or breadth to truly be exciting. I suppose a purist could get into the fact that the heaviness is genuine, but for me I demand more than just by-the-numbers heavy music. Metal Blad. 2002.
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Response to "Basically the worst CD I've ever heard"
D. K. Malone | earth | 05/27/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"You have it backwards, sonny boy. Those of us who got into COC before Blind and Deliverance were fans of a hardcore band who had integrity. Scrubs like you who only heard of them after they were on MTV's Headgiver's Ball were taken in by a bunch of washed up old sell outs. It's a good thing your stupid friend threw away Technocracy, he didn't deserve to own it in the first place. Now go back to your generic nu-metal."
COC's last gasp before they went blind.
D. K. Malone | earth | 06/16/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Those of you who discovered COC in 1991 or later might be surprised to find that they could actually be considered sellouts by some who were listening to them as early as 1984. COC seemed to have trouble keeping a solid vocalist until they found Pepper. (Actually, I think Pepper found them.) The first album, Eye For An Eye (1984), which was really more hardcore punk than metal, featured a vocalist named Eric. He left the band very soon after that album was released. On album #2, Animosity (1985), bassist Mike took care most of the vocal duties, drummer Reed singing lead on two songs. For the record, I believe Animosity was COC's best work by FAR. Intensely brutal and severe. Mike and Reed really should have maintained their positions as instrumentalists AND vocalists. Their voices, gutteral hissing growls etc. were perfectly suited for their style of down & dirty no-nonsense speedmetal. Technocracy was their 3rd record, a 5 song EP. 4 songs, really. The last track was a complete throw-away. During this era, they enlisted Simon Bob Sinister to fill in as vocalist. Simon Bob had just broken up his own Bible Belt based band (Ugly Americans) and was apparently in need of a job. Big mistake on COC's part, taking him up on it. I cannot think of a less powerful vocalist in the speed metal scene. His voice is almost completely ineffectual, devoid of any and all agression, or any other emotion for that matter. He just breathes the lyrics out as hard as he can, which isn't very hard. He practically whines. Still, it's a cut above the "Please please PLEASE, we WANT to sell out!" stylings of Jim Morrison/whatever-wannabe Karl Agel on Blind. Thank God he only lasted one record as well. And thank Pepper for taking the dead shell of a spent once-great group and breathing new life into them. As far as I can tell, COC are now little more than Pepper's backup band. They have absolutely nothing to do with 1980s COC, at least in terms of sound. Still, Deliverance and Wiseblood are both excellent records in and of themselves.Thankfully, this CD reissue includes some well recorded demo verisons of songs with Mike singing them, which drastically improves them. They are, afterall, good songs."
J. Beteta | USA | 04/10/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"FOR THOSE OF YOU NOT INTO C.O.C. BEFORE THIS RELEASE, THIS IS NOT FOR YOU. BUT IF YOUR FROM THESE TIMES LIKE I WAS IN '87', OR ARE INTO THE LIKES OF D.R.I, HIRAX, EXCEL, VOIVOD, FINAL CONFLICT, AGNOSTIC FRONT, THIS IS FOR YOU. I ONLY WISH THAT THEY WOULD HAVE RELEASED A WHOLE ALBUM OF THIS VERSION OF C.O.C."