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Blind - Corrosion of Conformity

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Corrosion of Conformity / Import / Audio CD released 2008-02-01 at Sony

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      23.05.2008 17:29
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      Corrosion of Conformity's third album (1991).

      Emerging in the new decade as an alternative metal band combining their earlier hardcore punk, thrash and doom metal influences, Corrosion of Conformity released one of the classics of the genre with their magnum opus 'Blind.' Whatever that genre is, exactly.

      This well-produced collection of songs is an example of an album where everything just sounds entirely right. The melodic guitar work of Woody Weatherman and newcomer Pepper Keenan interplays brilliantly with the strong rhythm section held up by creative drummer Reed Mullin, and the heavily instrumental sections (notably the ominous opening track 'These Shrouded Temples...') are just as exciting as the more standard verses and choruses with new vocalist Karl Agell.

      This catches Corrosion of Conformity before they made the irreversible leap/downturn to a stoner rock band, but this style is incorporated successfully with songs such as 'Buried,' the lighter, Acid Bath style 'Echoes in the Well' and the bluesy solos of songs like 'Mine are the Eyes of God.' More dominant is the thrash influence, paving the way in the energetic 'Damned for All Time' and slower 'Break the Circle' and fusing with the sludge for the pleasant concoction 'Vote with a Bullet,' while the whole album avoids being off-putting to casual listeners by tapping, however coincidentally or intentionally, into the grunge/alternative rock boom of the early nineties.

      The band would sadly never be this good again, but not many groups are able to produce a classic of this magnitude during their career.

      1. These Shrouded Temples...
      2. Damned for All Time
      3. Dance of the Dead
      4. Buried
      5. Break the Circle
      6. Painted Smiling Face
      7. Mine are the Eyes of God
      8. Shallow Ground
      9. Vote with a Bullet
      10. Great Purification
      11. White Noise
      12. Echoes in the Well
      13. ...Remain

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      07.03.2008 14:45
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      just read it already

      this is by far, the BEST album of all time. Reed Mullen plays a little five piece kit like it was Neil Purts eighty gazillion piece kit and never misses a beat. i wasnt lucky enough to see them on this tour, but saw the first gig of the deliverance tour when Reed was singing everything form this album and still hitting everything perfectly...in my opinion there is no better drummer than Reed and it was sad to see him retire at an early age due to back problems. guitar work is phenominal and second to none. Karl Agels voice does sweet justice to this band and it was sad to see him go. if you're looking for an album that will satisfy on ALL levels, pick this up. there is no need to buy any other COC album as this is the only one that counts. pick it up and enjoy

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        17.06.2000 18:55

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        The album where Pepper Keenan made his first appearance on vocals for the band (albeit only on Vote With A Bullet), this album begins to show signs of what was to come with Deliverance. The songs are a bit on the political side, and the resident vocalist is a bit whiny (and crap). Also, it seems to be nigh on impossible to get hold of a copy in this country - I had to get it imported from the US. Buy this if you want to hear VWAB (which some regard as CoC's best song). I doubt you'll be listening to the album for long though.

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 These Shrouded Temples...
      2 Damned for All Time
      3 Dance of the Dead
      4 Buried
      5 Break the Circle
      6 Painted Smiling Faces
      7 Mine Are the Eyes of God
      8 Shallow Ground
      9 Vote With a Bullet
      10 Great Purification
      11 White Noise
      12 Echoes in the Well
      13 ...Remain
      14 Condition A/Condition B
      15 Future Now
      16 Jim Beam And The Coon Ass