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5.0 out of 5 stars
Superb, 3 Nov. 2003
I first discovered Pepper Keenan through Phil Anselmo's cult supergroup Down, in which he takes the role of lead guitarist in a spectacular 5 piece. Eager to find more of the same heavy, Southern based riffs i discovered Jimmy Bower's Eyehategod, obviously Phil and Rex's Pantera, and Pepper Keenan's Corrosion of Conformity.
Of several COC albums, i found this, their newest release, to be the one that offers the most. Keenan not only plays guitar (and man he plays it well), he sings and with an intensity and true feeling that is up there with even the vocals of his good friend, James Hetfield (of Metallica fame, who also contributed to an earlier COC album, "Wiseblood").
The vocals, like i said, are crisp and definetly one of the highlights, but the true backbone of this album are the killer riffs and beats that ring with a Southern taste throughout. There is a good variety in there too. There are wickedly heavy tracks on offer such as "Over Me" and "Congratulations Song", or some mellow tunes like the outstanding "Stare Too Long" or "13 Angels".
However, for me anyway, the two Standout tracks on this album are the brilliantly performed "Diablo BLVD", and the absolutely killer riff of "Who's Got The Fire?"
Definetly an overlooked band with bags of talent, i simply can't wait for their next offering. Pure rock, fully deserves five stars!