After a four year hiatus, Corrosion is back and sounding better than ever. Let’s not get caught up in the “Who sounds like who” debate. COC has their own very distinctive, very heavy sound that many bands have tried to imitate, and failed. Pepper Keenan is one of the most gifted frontmen in rock music today, and has been since he took over COC’s reigns for good on Deliverance. This album shows a more melodic side of COC, as evidenced on the brilliant track “Stare Too Long.” Don’t worry COC fans, the bone-shattering metal is still there, as seen on “Over Me,” and “Sleeping Martyr.” Though not as instantly likable as Wiseblood and Deliverance, Volume Dealer packs a punch, though it may take a couple of listens to fully appreciate it. The high point is the Skynyrd-ish “Stare Too Long,” which shows the true range of these great musicians, and (hopefully) might be a sign of what’s to come from COC.
24 bit / 96 kHz DVD-Audio and 24 bit / 48 kHz Dolby Digital 5.1 options Stunning 5.1 surround sound Lyrics Scrapbook Biography Plays on ALL DVD playersSince America’s Volume Dealer sounds a lot like alternative metal, the unfamiliar might think they’re bandwagon jumpers. But COC were among the first to explore the myriad connections between metal and punk/hardcore when they opened for thrash acts in the heyday of the ’80s metal underground. But since likeminded (albeit more commercial) bands like Soundgarden and Faith No More have come and gone, perhaps COC’s day has finally come. In fact, America’s Volume Dealer is an incredibly high-quality piece of work that exhibits range, musicianship, and confidence. If they occasionally sound a bit like Alice in Chains, remember this: Corrosion of Conformity helped create that sound. –Genevieve Williams
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It’s great to hear from these guys, back in the studio and touring again….4 years was too long for the fans who’ve been around for over a decade and have seen CoC transform and streamline down to the core members. No, this isn’t a rehash of Technocracy or Blind and sure isn’t a sell out like so many other bands who bridged the 80’s and 90’s…it’s a great progression that just adds to that thick-as-a-slab, mainlined-whiskey with marlboros sound that they’ve perfected. Good luck to Reed Mullin & a quick recovery from surgery. Can’t wait to see you back on stage with Pepper, Mike, and Woody… The Mule Rocks! So doesn’t this CD..so buy it!! Hell–buy all their CD’s…these guys deserve the royalties — they influenced most of the bands that people consider “heavy” today.
4 years after the dissapointing ‘Wiseblood’ and 6 since the release of the masterpiece ‘Deliverance’, COC presents us with “America’s Volume Dealer’, arguably the band’s best work to date.’Over Me’, the opening cut, just grabs you by the guts from the very first riff. And from the Skynyrdesque ‘Stare too long’ to the crunchy ‘Take what you want’ the band exhales naturally what lacks on most bands today (king’s x aside): honesty and feeling.More good news: the guys have defenitely abandoned the political [stuff] on their lyrics, wich are again superb. This might be a reflection of the band’s maturity, when you realize that the best way to change the world is to change yourself (‘if i stare too long, i might not see you right’).And if that wasn’t still enough, the production’s so fine that it has stabilshed new quality patterns for my ears.Easily, 2000’s best release. … .
I’ve heard about “COC” for so long, I finally decided to get an album. Though this is good, I expected them to be heavier. This sounds like “Metallica/Nickelback”, and I was hoping for “Kyuss/Soundgarden”. Maybe it’s just this album, and not them. But still, this is good, and it does qualify as metal/hard rock. Big fans probably should pick this up, newcomers might want to get one of their other albums, I suspect they might be better. I just wish the music was as cool as the album title and cover.
I can understand a bit why some people are calling C.O.C. sell outs, but then again sometimes I think those people saying that are insane. Corrosion of Conformity have and never will sell out for any reason, and while “America’s Volume Dealer” isn’t C.O.C.’s best work by any means, it is also not a bad album by any means either. They still have they’re southern fried groove on “Zippo”, “Doublewide”, “Diablo Blvd.”, and “Congratulations Song”, but other tracks like “Gittin’ It On” and “Take What You Want” sound a bit like filler material. “Stare Too Long” is the album highlight here, which guest stars Warren Haynes from Gov’t Mule. The bottom line here is that C.O.C. still rocks and still kicks it, it is a shame however that they hardly get the recognition they deserve. If you just started getting into C.O.C. or want to, start with “Deliverance” and “Wiseblood” if you like groove oriented heavy music, or you can go with they’re older “Blind” for a much more heavier experience, then you can make your own decision with “America’s Volume Dealer”.