Corrosion of Conformity - No Cross No Crown (Limited, Double LP, Beer Vinyl)

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Limited edition, double beer-colored vinyl LP pressing. 2018 release. For over three decades Corrosion of Conformity (COC) has been setting the standard when it comes to heavy music. The band's early records, Eye for an Eye (1984) and Animosity (1985), were influenced by punk pioneers Black Flag, Minor Threat and others. But they also were clearly influenced by bands like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and other British metal bands that were beginning to take hold in the US.

"No Cross No Crown, the band’s first studio output with the frontman in 12 years and an unambiguous nod to the polished roar of their mid-90s output. First single Cast The First Stone storms out of the gate with a full-throttle tempo, growling riffage and Pepper’s gasoline-soaked snarl. Elsewhere, tracks like Wolf Named Crow and the excellent Forgive Me showcase a breathtaking blend of pummelling riffs and lighter-raising fretwork, while Nothing Left To Say serves up a resinous headtrip into the gauzy cosmic ether. Unlike prior releases that suffered from an abundance of forgettable mid-tempo sludge, No Cross No Crown positively erupts with anthemic vitality, suggesting that sometimes a little time apart can be a very good thing."

--Joe Daly, Louder Sound