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In the Arms of God

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  • In The Arms Of God, isn’t a “return to form” or “comeback” for Southern Hard
    Rock / Metal band: Corrosion Of Conformity. It is, it’s own thing…gritty, epic,
    poetic & hard hitting. High climbing melodies that glide above a Sabbath esq backdrop, and yet still they maintain their own expressive COC sound.

    Maybe not as southern sounding as COC’s previous “Pepper Keenan era” albums, but
    like the others, equally rewarding.

    Tales of injustice, redemption and soul searching..this album should be amongst any
    serious music collection.

    ~paul browne.

    Posted on November 16, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • When I read one of the other reviewers comparing this to Lynard Skynard or the Allman Brothers I about fell off my chair and had to write. This isn’t at all like their previous southern-rock tinged efforts. I think the reviewer had pre-concieved notions about COC. There is no way he could have listened to this CD.
    One thing about this CD you should know is that it is so complex, so brilliant, and so HUGE, that you can’t get it in one listen. If you pop it in and expect instant delivery, you won’t get it. You have to let it grow on you. Once it does you will start picking up on all the obscure small parts that make this such an epic CD. Listen to it 4-5 times and then I challenge you to say it isn’t any good.
    Simply put, this is one of the greatest metal/hard rock CD’s I’ve ever heard (and at 42 yrs old I’ve heard thousands of them)
    It starts off with “Stone Breakers” which contains a brilliant guitar riff around which they wrap the song, a song laden with tempo changes. It kicks major ass. The song is lengthy and leads into another long track ” Paranoid Opioid” which has it’s own killer riff, but what really grabs you are the drums. This new guy is off the charts on the drums, and they work in harmony with the riffs, tempo changes, savage heart-felt vocals, and clever lyrics to create a masterpiece.
    My favorite song is “Rise River Rise”, a slow mover with mesmerising guitars, both acoustic and electric. The vocals are haunting. I also love “Backslider” with it’s memorable chorus, you just can’t shake it. The title track, which is the last song thrashes with an anger not recently seen. Brilliant and raw. Another great song with it’s driving bass and Pepper’s awesome voice is “Dirty Hands, Empty Pockets” Every song is good, most are great.
    This is not “America’s Volume Dealer”. That CD had good songs, but was far from a classic. This CD has intense and thoughtful lyrics that make you think. It is a bold commentary on America today. For those who only listen to the rhythm or the guitar, or the voice, this CD won’t grab you. For those intelligent enough to understand what the band is trying to say you will appreciate it. This is one incredible CD and you should buy it. Listen to it three times in a row and you will be forever hooked.

    Posted on November 16, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I can say without blinking or batting an eye that “In The Arms Of God” is easily my most anticipated album of the past 3 years. Though many people seem to hate “America’s Volume Dealers”, I personally find the album very gratifying once you dig beneath the surface. With it’s smooth tones and crafty songwriting, AVD may not have been Sabbath-laden slab of heaviness of albums prior but it had a mature sensibility to go with the occasional lashings-out. For those who chose to turn away due to AVD, they have seriously short-changed themselves on an album that is a surefire “Album Of The Year” candidate.

    I was fortunate enough to hear most of this album before it’s actual release which gave me some extra time to soak it all in before reviewing it here. While it was nice to hear prior to April 5th, there’s always something special about tearing open a new release and awaiting unheard songs to grace your ears and despite knowing what to expect, the difference in quality was enough to keep my senses peaked.

    I’ve read quite a few reviews that are calling ITAOG a “return to form” for COC which I’m not completely buying. From my perspective, each album from “Blind” until now has a different attitude or final coating but overall, the expert quality of musicianship was always at the forefront of every song this band has crafted. Everything about COC has always been top-notch so before I even heard one singular note, I was of the mind that not much could be added to this formula…until now.

    Enter Stanton Moore, drummer of jazz outfit Galactic. As a close friend of lead vocalist Pepper Keenan, he brought Mr. Moore aboard to handle the backbeat for “In The Arms Of God” and throughout each song, his drumming brings COC’s sound to the next level (a phrase I usually find pretentious or overblown). Here, it’s fits like a glove. Since the days of Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath, most drum sounds have been tightened and the resonance has been filtered out to make for a crisper and more lifeless overall sound. Stanton Moore’s drumming does quite the opposite as his combination of free-form technique and classic tones bring forth a rare feeling that when he’s hitting the drums, they are almost hitting back. It’s seriously a beautiful thing to behold.

    As for the rest, the Corrosion lads are up to their same old tricks: awe-inspiring riffs, trippy melodies, hypnotic bass rumblings and leads that would make Hendrix himself raise an eyebrow all laced with Pepper Keenan’s bayou-basted vocal genius; a talent that James Hetfield could only dream of having. Did I mention that this is your next purchase? Album Of The Year? Yeah…..you’ve wasted enough time already by not buying this album.

    Posted on November 16, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • C O C has never bent over for MTV and always stayed true to themselves and there fans. The new CD is is proof that pure Heavy Metal lives on. The no talent jump on the MTV C-rap bandwagon wigger poser bands like Limpsync Bizketstreet Boys or Wigger Park make me want to puke. And to have the crap they play be associated with Metal Music is just wrong. It reminds me of the Richard Pryor bit about the wigger hanging around with the brothers. I got a lot of soul don’t I fellas? Yeah you got a lot of soul! Now give us two dollars!

    Posted on November 16, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Five years since Corrosion of Conformity’s last studio album, 2000’s stripped down sounding “America’s Volume Dealer”, C.O.C. have returned with a vengeance with “In the Arms of God”. Original drummer Reed Mullin is gone, with Galactic’s Stanton Moore filling in to great effect. Opening track “Stone Breaker” finds Pepper Keenan and co. seemingly trying to recapture the sludgy, southern influenced hard rock that made “Deliverance” and “Wiseblood” modern day classics, and while not every C.O.C. fan will agree, it works. “It is That Way” is well orchestrated with Woody Weatherman and Mike Dean supplying a solid rhythm section, and Pepper’s voice hasn’t sounded this good in years. “Never Turns to More”, “So Much Left Behind”, and “Crown of Thorns” are songs that make most of “America’s Volume Dealer” sound lame by comparison, and the album as a whole is the best material C.O.C. has recorded since “Wiseblood” almost ten years ago. Fans who have been longing for a return to form of C.O.C.’s pre-Pepper days will be disappointed here, but for the rest of us, “In the Arms of God” may very well be the best hard rock release of the year.

    Posted on November 16, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now