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  • The above quote appears on the inside of the album and describes exactly what this recording was intended to be- a killer live album for the TRUE COC fan. From the opening sludge of “These Shrouded Temples” thru the bluesy “Senor Limpio” and “Who’s Got the Fire” to the crushing “Vote With a Bullet” the album is a near perfect representation of the band’s career. Oh, did I happen to mention “Albatross” is included? I saw these guys open for Megadeth in 95 and Metallica in 97 and this album might as well have been recorded then. One thing that always bugged me with live recordings was a band’s tendency to play most songs faster and sloppier than studio versions, a tendency COC nicely resist. The guitar tones are crisp, clean and punishing, with just the right amount of harmonics and missed notes to make it authentic. The songs from “Volume Dealer” are more in your face here, especially the riffs and tone. Pepper and Woody absolutely jam on the bluesier numbers, Mike Dean is as solid as ever, but I was totally impressed by Jimmy Bower’s drumming on all tracks, as he sticks to the original fills and does not overpower but drives the band. I guess my only complaint would be Peppers vocals sounding flat at times, and the sloppy picking on the closing track “Clean My Wounds”. To those who think COC softened or sold out with “Dealer”, I think this album will have you agreeing with Pepper’s quote, “other bands are afraid when they see us on the bill, ’cause they know when we go out there we’ll stick them in the dirt.” Cheers to the band for one of the best live albums I’ve bought in a while. And go get “Black Label Society’s” live one, too!!!

    Posted on December 25, 2009