Corrosion of Conformity’s No Cross No Crown is an awesome release featuring great instrumental interludes dispersed throughout, but not between every single song, so the flow of the music isn’t really interrupted. The first album with vocalist/guitarist Pepper Keenan in more than a decade, this one is a throwback to Deliverance, one of my favorite metal albums.
“Cast the First Stone” is my favorite track. It has a great dual-guitar vibe and is a fast-paced punch to the throat. “Little Man” has the most southern-flavored sound on the release, great guitar licks and a raw, dirty feel that should please fans of Corrosion of Conformity that haven’t heard their earlier, more hardcore material. “Nothing Left to Say” is a gritty, loud ballad, which exposes the pain and frustration of a man who is tired of fighting with his demons and the society that surrounds him. “E.L.M.” is another good dual guitar song that gives you the southern snarl expected from modern Corrosion of Conformity. The title track is a short but epic, boasting all the creepy grandeur of an evil ritual commencing in the deep, dark woods of North Carolina, before leading into the fluidly droning, epic “A Quest to Believe (A Call to the Void).” “Son and Daughter” is another favorite with its Queen-esque beginning that continues to rock right along.
No Cross No Crown is a must-have release for Corrosion of Conformity fans new and old.
No Cross No Crown is out January 12 on Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Buy it here!