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Corrosion of Conformity - In The Arms of God - 2005 - Sanctuary Records

Track Listing
1. In The Arms of God
2. Stone Breaker
3. Paranoid Opioid
4. It Is That Way
5. Dirty Hands, Empty Pockets/Already Gone
6. Rise River Rise
7. Never Turns to More
8. Infinite War
9. So Much Left Behind
10. Backslider
11. World on Fire
12. Crown of Thorns
13. In The Arms of God
Let me be perfectly honest, right up front: I wasnt sure what to expect from the new COC, but as a longtime loyal fan, I was hoping for the best. Let's face it, while their last studio effort "America's Volume Dealer" was a stylistic wonder, with many high marks, it wasn't the dirty, sludgy, swampfest that COC fans have come to know and love. One thing COC fans have come to expect from their boys, however, is change. Just when you think you know where they're going, they pull something new out of their collective hats. In keeping with that tradition of change, "In The Arms of God" adds yet another twist to the COC story. Think of everything good about every COC release, then think of an album that incorporates all of those things into one! When you get that firmly in mind, you'll have an idea of where the new one takes you.

The opening track is "Stone Breaker", 5:31 of heavy, sleazy riffage that would have fit well with "Deliverance" era COC. The next three tracks, "Paranoid Opioid", "It Is That Way", and "Dirty Hands, Empty Pockets/Already Gone" follow into the territory between "Deliverance" and "Wiseblood". Each are uniquely heavy and marked by the enduring Keenan-growl that has made COC the premiere "swamp metal" band in the genre. "Rise River Rise" and "Never Turns To More" are solid rockers, having the same polish and superb song structure as those found on "AVD".

"Infinite War" is a harder driven, almost "punkish" romp featuring guitarist Woody Weatherman on vox, with ample aid from bassist Mike Dean. Fans of the earliest COC will find this one appealing. "So Much Left Behind" has an almost 70s acid rock feel ala Jimi Hendrix. Keenan pulls it off amazingly well. "Backslider' goes on a bit longer than probably necessary at 6:30, but it's far from the longest track. That distinction is held by "Never Turns to More" at 8:21 and it's a quality tune, regardless. "World on Fire" was featured on the "AVD" import version, but has been tweaked for this release. The last minute of the song alone is worth its weight in gold! Fans of the Thin Lizzy-inspired guitar harmonies of Keenan and Weatherman will appreciate this one.

"Crown of Thorns" is a bit over two minutes long and plays out as the eerie, morbid-sweet lead in to the final and title track, "In The Arms of God". For 6:41 the listener's senses are pummeled by a dark, brooding heaviness unlike anything that's been experienced since the days of "Blind". Overall I'd say the new album met, exceeded, and steamrolled over even my highest expectations. It was four years in coming, but it was well worth the wait.

--Susan Wright 03.14.05

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: CORROSION OF CONFORMITY
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In The Arms of GodCorrosion Of Conformity
2005
Susan Wright3/17/2005
IXCorrosion Of Conformity
2014
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