1. Corrosion Of Conformity – From Crossover Thrash To Southern Rock
This one all depends on which incarnation of Corrosion Of Conformity floats your boat the most.
After beginning life as one of metal’s most forward-thinking bands with their abrasive crossover thrash masterpieces Animosity and Technocracy, C.O.C became a completely different beast when Pepper Keenan (Down) took the reins and they decided to change genre altogether.
The result was doom-drenched, Southern-fried hard rock which bears absolutely no resemblance to their previous sound.
That’s not to say that their new identity produced bad records, quite the contrary in fact. Deliverance, Wisebood and In The Arms Of God are all sludgy, riff-filled monsters but are so different from what came before that surely a change in band name would have been more appropriate?
C.O.C are basically 2 very good, very different bands using the same name.
Those wishing for a return to the good old days of punk-infused thrashing may have a long wait, the band seem intent to forge ahead on their stoner-rock path but at least the quality this band have in abundance has never been lost; regardless of which genre they choose to revel in.