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.