C.O.C. have been around for a long time and have undergone many changes. While originally a hardcore punk band, they have always had an underlying sense of melody to go with the crunch. The addition of Pepper Keenan (formerly of Graveyard Rodeo) really signalled a turning point in the bands evolution that has reached a zenith with “Wiseblood.” This album is almost perfect, with crunching guitars, heartfelt lyrics, and a rhythmic punch rivalled by few in today’s tame rock market. They sound like a cross between Sabbath and Skynyrd, with a little attitude thrown in on top. All the tracks are good, but “king of the Rotten,” “Long Whip” and the title track are amazing rockers. In addition, this is the only album where James Hetfield makes a non-Metallica appearance, singing on “Man or ash.” With a new CD coming out next week (10/17/00), C.O.C. undoubtedly one of the best (if not most popular) hard-rock-heavy metal, stoner rock, thrash bands around. Check them out immediately if you lay any claim to being a rock music fanPaul M.