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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Riff Fuelled Metal, 25 Dec. 2006
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Tom Chase (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Wiseblood (Audio CD)
Corrosion of Conformity established themselves as a metal act after the crossover album "Blind" and the all-out bluesy stoner approach of "Deliverance", both excellent albums in their own right. "Wiseblood" saw COC continuing the riff filled approach that touches on stoner metal. With Pepper Keenan (of metal supergroup Down) behind the lead guitar and vocals, you know the album will deliver to those who want big infectious riffs and catchy melodies, aspects "Wiseblood" takes at ease.

Kicking things off with the frantic riffing of King of the Rotten, the album is launched into gear, and the relatively fast and catchy approach is continued through the opening few tracks, highlighted by crowd favorite Long Whip. Other examples of the adrenaline pumped COC include the aggressive fist-pumping The Door, wielding lyrics of `while you're losing it on the curve / right, there's the door' to add to the confrontational flavour. And also the aptly named Fuel which contains some thundering riffs and even moments of double bass kicks.

"Wiseblood" also portrays COC's bent for moody, melancholic ballads in the sad Goodbye Windows, with lyrics of a disappointed mother telling her son `he should have known better'. And also the chilling Redemption City which demonstrates Keenan's excellent ability to craft a moody ballad, especially in the sumptuous acoustic passage in which he sings `your soul is tired and you want to go home'. These are typical COC ballads, recalling the likes of the flooring Pearls Before Swine from the album "Deliverance".

Overall this is solid riff fuelled metal, and will certainly please fans of the post "Blind" COC, and probably fans of general rock music who enjoy a good melody and riff.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For all the free thinkers & all the beer drinkers.., 18 May 2005
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Paul Browne (England.....the hills.) - See all my reviews
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This may as well be Corrosion Of Conformity's "concept" album. The myth surrounding the album is that, a handful of the songs are loosely based around the Flannery O Connor novel 'Wiseblood'.
Like all COC albums, it's a slow burner, each song unravelling itself as you become more involved.
Essentially, Wiseblood is basically a hard rock album, there are one or two "full on" metal tracks, even blistering heavy like the song 'Fuel'..thankfully tho, you get a tenacious mixture of tempos, rythmns and melodies, which is what makes it such an interesting album.
This is a great standard in rock n roll, it is beautiful, it is the truth and it is multi dimensional..
"What a pity, redemption city.." not here pal, this is a quintessential cornerstone in the delta blues hard rock arena..
~paul browne
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably their best album, 22 Feb. 2005
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Mr. L. Adams "Giddeo" (England) - See all my reviews
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I'm a strong Corrosion of conformity fan, I have four of their albums, deliverance, wiseblood, blind and America's volume dealer. Blind has a lot more crunch to it, heavier then the others and not brilliant. America's volume dealer is very soft and prefered by most for being easy listening my fav track is on this album called "13 Angels",Deliverance is godlike, the first Album I got and wiseblood (this album) has lots of energy, "Long whip/Big America" and "Redemption City" are two tracks that spring to mind, I'm not too partial to the first track "King of the rotten" don't get me wrong its a great track, but it shouldn't be the first track so I always skip it and then jump back to it later on FOR SHAME on whoever designed the layout! Brilliant songs in the wrong order lol "Long whip/Big America" would have been a better starting track ;) .
BUY IT!! BUY IT NOW!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Corrosion Of Conformity - Wiseblood, 12 Oct. 2011
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Kingcrimsonprog "Kingcrimsonprog" (England) - See all my reviews
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Wiseblood, Corrosion Of Conformity's second album with Pepper Keenan on vocals, was released in 1996 and saw the band on the verge of really breaking into the big leagues of Rock and Metal stardom.

Released two years after their classic 1994 album Deliverance; Wiseblood featured the track `Drowning In A Daydream,' which was nominated for a Grammy Award and the track `Man Or Ash,' which featured a guest appearance from Metallica's James Hetfield when the band's popularity was universal.

Unfortunately the band didn't fulfill the promises of mega-stardom that this record seemed to predict, and many Metal fans these days may know the band more as the source of the Phil Anselmo fronted super-group Down's guitarist than as a huge band in their own right, but you can easily forget all that when listening to this masterfully crafted album.

The band who recorded Deliverance; Pepper Keenan on vocals and guitar, Woody Weatherman on lead guitar, Mike Dean on bass and founding member Reed Mullin on the drums, return for their second of three records together in what has come to regarded as the band's classic line-up.

The record is strong from beginning to end, opening with the catchy `King Of The Rotten,' and ending with the musically complex seven minute closer `Bottom Feeder (El Que Come Abajo)' which completes itself with pig samples and jazzy sections alongside its powerful Black Sabbath inspired stoner riffs.

Stylistically, the album primarily features straight up of Southern-tinged Heavy Metal and Stoner Rock tracks with a little variety now and again to break it up, such as the powerful semi-ballad `Redmption City,' and the almost hardcore punk sounding `Fuel,' as well as the aforementioned eclectic album closer `Bottom Feeder (El Que Come Abajo)'

Overall; Wisblood is certainly one of the band's best ever albums and arguably by extension one of the best rock and metal albums of the 1990s. If you like the band then you need this album, if you like Down, Stoner Rock or just metal from the 90s, then Corrosion Of Conformity are a proposition you may wish to seriously consider checking out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars CoC rock, 2 July 2012
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I actually thought that CoC were a really heavy metal band so I was quite shocked when I got the album and instead of snapping my neck head banging I wanted to shake my body. It was a pleasant surprise. Their sound is probably better likened to Black Label Society, good old American down south rock, with its thick meaty riffs and squealing leads.

The whole album crackles with intense electricity smouldering in a light sludge. Very tasty.

This is one of those albums that you just want to drop everything and dance to. It's not the type of album that you sit down in one spot with. The riffs are groovy and chunky and as such it rocks, its definite party music. If this makes it sound a bit dumb it isn't really the lyrics provide a good depth which means that partying and intelligent conversation can both take place.

The best song has to be the instrumental album closer; `Bottom Feeder' but they are all good with no real weak tracks and a nice dose of variety especially in `The Snake has no Head' which is lead by the bass and includes some nice distorted vocals
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5.0 out of 5 stars should have been kings, 28 Sept. 2010
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if you were to take kyuss and leave them in a room with metallica for a couple of weeks and tell them they werrent getting out until they had written an album,this is what it would sound like.
big stoner riffs shot through with the fire and aggression of thrash.
as such the pace of this album leaps all over the place from the frantic,fuzzy riff-laden opener king of the rotten to the much slower and grinding man or ash via the beautiful and moody ballad of redemption city.
it this complete lack of fear and freedom of variety within their work that makes this album so fantastic to listen to.
you really get the feeling its a band who are just happy to be writing material that they want to play,as such you get a true feeling and passion coming through the music.
if you like metallica or kyuss or fu manchu or queens of the stoneage or down or crowbar....oh hell just rock in general you would not be doing yourself a misfortune by giving this great and sorely under-valued album a spin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Corrosion of conformity - wiseblood, 27 April 2012
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The main reason i bought this cd is the lead man Pepper Keenan and of course the big man James Heatfield (Metallica)on track 8 Man or Ash. I like the sound i like the lyrics. Its a great heavy metal record and one of the best this band had put out there
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great albums of the 90�s, 28 Sept. 2005
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Mr. D. A. Cure "Sir Danalot" (Droitwich) - See all my reviews
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Has to be regarded as their best work. All songs are worth a mention, but really, this should be in any rock fan's collection, as the band display all the credentials of a career defining performance - great musicianship, strong vocals, great production, creativity and a unique sound. Big America!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars and an extra 1/2 star, 14 April 2005
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COC are not that well known in the UK which is a shame considering the success of contemporaries like Metallica. 'Wiseblood' is probably the most easy to get of COC's albums, apart from the recently released 'In the arms of God'. I'd describe the sound of 'Wiseblood' as a few dollops of Soundgarden's 'Badmotorfinger' and Metallica's 'Load' mixed in with a couple pints of Lynyrd Skynyrd and sprinkled with a tablespoon or 2 of early 90s thrash. I'd actually rate this as 4 1/2 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Explosion of Deformity, 29 Feb. 2004
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A superbly flowing no nonsense southern blues-metal album with dirty guitars and some truly blinding songs.
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