Corrosion Of Conformity - No Cross No Crown

Corrosion Of Conformity - No Cross No Crown

(CD/LP, Nuclear Blast, 2018)

The CORROSION OF CONFORMITY reunion with Pepper Keenan definitely came as some very pleasant news. I thought the old school records were a little too messy back in the day, and when highly acclaimed “Blind” was released, it was without a doubt a step towards the right direction. However, it was with “Deliverance” and “Wiseblood” I really got hooked for real. Then, the cleaned-up and melodic “America's Volume Dealer” came as a bit of a disappointment, while “In The Arms Of God” took a step backwards, in the right direction to a rawer sound but at that time I'd lost track of the band.

I was hoping for a continuation of what CORROSION OF CONFORMITY left when Pepper quit for the new “No Cross No Crown”. And it kind of is, but not quite... After the “Novus Deus” intro, very heavy “The Luddite” volleys and the speakers are almost bouncing off the floor. Yeah! It definitely holds the groove which got me hooked in the first place and there's a raw and mean feel to the riff. It's severely heavier than CORROSION OF CONFORMITY used to be though, it holds a bit of a Stoner feel. I certainly don't mind when it's as well played, up-tempo and tight as this is. “Cast The First Stone”, which was released as a single prior to the album takes things another notch up, and again, it sounds fantastic. A bit higher pace but still the same groove and drive as in the first song out.

A little fun with this record is that the title-track is split in two. First half, “No Cross” is a low-key and moody intermission before “Wolf Named Crow” takes it back to the groove. And then, again for the second disc of this double album, “No Cross No Crown” where the intro is repeated, extended and vocals are added.

I really enjoy the airy riff in “Little Man”; it serves as a break of the heavy and massive groove “No Cross No Crown” has served up until now. Another one is “Nothing Left To Say” which changes from extremely heavy to very light, a little like BLACK SABBATH's “Hand Of Doom” when it comes to dynamics and it sounds fantastic.

I really can't find anything to complain about CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's “No Cross No Crown”; the beat and nerve is there and topped with Pepper Keenan's talking-type vocals, it's a trip down nostalgia lane. It sounds like I want it to but I do miss something really striking like “Albatross”, “Clean My Wounds” or “King Of The Rotten”. One really smashing chorus would have knocked me off my feet. But the record is getting better and better after every spin and it definitely has all those elements that lured me in in the first place. Crank it up and enjoy!





01. Novus Deus
02. The Luddite
03. Cast The First Stone
04. No Cross
05. Wolf Named Crow
06. Little Man
07. Matre’s Diem
08. Forgive Me
09. Nothing Left To Say
10. Sacred Isolation
11. Old Disaster
12. E.L.M.
13. No Cross No Crown
14. A Quest To Believe (A Call To The Void)
15. Son And Daughter


Pepper Keenan - Guitars, Vocals
Woody Weatherman - Guitars, Vocals
Mike Dean - Bass, Vocals
Reed Mullin - Drums, Vocals