This album is simply a thrash powerhouse, this is one. COC along with DRI represent what crossover is all about. If you like Black Flag with a little Metallica thrown in, you would like this.
Import pressing of their 1996 album that is unavailable in the US. As one of the horizon expanders who brought us thrash music, Corrosion of Conformity fell heavily onto the punk side of song styling with riff sculpting taken from the book of doom bands such as Black Sabbath or Saint Vitus.
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I’ve been on a C.O.C. binge lately. I drug out the old cassete tapes and decided to look for them on disc. It’s a shame I can only find “animosity” on cd, It’s probably their best recording but “Eye For An Eye” is just classic. It’s the pre thrash, hardcore punk masterpiece that paved the way for DRI and all those other bands that had such an impact in the early 80’s. C.O.C. was just that, dirty. I’ve sen them in 90’s and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Old C.O.C. is something original, If you can get it, get it!
This was arguably THE “crossover” album of the 80s, one of the crucial slabs of vinyl(remember those?)that “brought punks and metalheads together”. It seemed like metalheads heard the S.O.D. album and went right out and grabbed this along with D.R.I.’s “Dealing With It”, another “crossover” classic(that word always bugged me). What you get here is basically fast Black Sabbath with a healthy dose of heavy, rhythmic Black Flag action. You can bet Lars Ulrich was listening to Reed’s drumming and wondering if he(Lars) had arthritis, and I remember fanzines proclaiming this record to rival Slayer or even top them(their most recent piece at the time was “Hell Awaits”, so that’s definitely fair comment, and remember C.O.C. were a three piece!). Anyway, the world and the human race is thirsting and hungering for this record to come back out, remastered with bonus tracks. If the first two Cryptic Slaughter albums get that kind of treatment, the Exploited, Broken Bones for crying out loud, why not Animosity? P.S. you know if two or three popular regional hardcore bands stole their names from C.O.C. song titles, there’s something good going on here. Yeah!
Short, sweet and simple. The lineup on this album smokes, the compositions on this album smoke, the playing on this album smokes. You should get this disc.
I was first introduced to COC with 1994’s “Deliverance” album and the only knowledge I had had of any kind of hardcore COC past was on the remastered “Blind” album. When I had heard “Technocracy” later on, I realized I had been missing out. Then not too long later, I came across COC’s “Animosity” in a bargain bin, and I was so surprised when I heard the utter musical anarchy of this album. Before Pepper Keenan ever reared his head, this lineup featured Mike Dean singing and playing bass, Reed Mullin drumming and doing some lead vocals as well, and Woody Weatherman on guitar. All three churn out pure punk/thrash/hardcore metal at a frenzied pace (the album clocks in at just under half an hour long) and while Dean and Mullin’s venom spewing voices are an acquired taste, “Animosity” is still one fine album. “Loss For Words”, “Mad World”, “Prayer”, and “Kiss of Death” are personal favorites of mine, and if you can find this album I strongly suggest snatching it up.