Release Review: Corrosion of Conformity – IX

It’s been a good year for sludge metal. Mastodon, Eyehategod, Crowbar (reviewed here) and Down have all released albums that have pleased the metal community, with some suggesting a sludge metal revival is in the works. Not to be left out, Corrosion of Conformity have released a new album this year, the aptly titled IX, being their ninth offering. With no Pepper Keenan on this album, the band seem to have become more comfortable as a three piece and it shows with the nice grooves and melodies on show.

The band’s various changes are shown throughout the album. Album opener ‘Brand New Sleep’ is an example of the band at their finest and sludgiest, while the two minute blast of ‘Denmark Vesey’ is a reminder of the band’s punkier era. There are even some elements of crossover thrash scattered across the album, adding greatness to ‘Tarquinius Superbus’. On the more southern metal inspired tracks though, Woody Weatherman dishes out the solos, oozing with southern goodness. The mid-tempo pace of the album is well suited, allowing the groove to really take effect. Some tracks start off fast and slower simmer out, while others take the opposite approach. It may not be dynamic, but it certainly has a range. At around 40 minutes, this album really delivers on it’s potential, but some tracks, while showing promise with a strong musicianship, lack memorability. No songs on the album are as memorable as ‘the hits’ such as ‘Albatross’ and ‘Vote with a Bullet’, but that’s not to take away from the album.

While it would be nice to see Pepper return to the fold, he certainly won’t be missed if the band keep on releasing albums like this.

Corrosion of Conformity - IX

1. Brand New Sleep
2. Elphyn
3. Denmark Vesey
4. The Nectar
5. Interlude
6. On Your Way
7. Trucker
8. The Hanged Man
9. Tarquinius Superbus
10. Who You Need To Blame
11. The Nectar Revised

Corrosion of Conformity - Band Photo 2 - 2014

COC are:
Woodroe Weatherman – guitar
Mike Dean – bass, vocals
Reed Mullin – drums, vocals

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About Jack (820 Articles)
I am a recent graduate from the University of Essex in Colchester where by the luck of Odin I met the editor, Dom. I first got into metal when I was 13 and now I am 22 and own an uncountable amount of band T-shirts. I also regularly attend gigs (local and in neighbouring areas) as well as festivals. My musical taste is varied; I like nu metal (my first love), thrash, black, death, doom, folk, sludge (my favourite genre), symphonic and many more of the multiple genres that metal has to offer, I even like some metalcore (I know it's a dirty word within some metal circles but some of it is outstanding). One of my most memorable metal moments was meeting Grand Magus at the Bloodstock signing tent and having the whole tent to myself, spending a few minutes talking to them.

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