Corrosion Of Conformity are a band from North Carolina that has been around for a long time as well as being featured before in this zine and with this album they take the crossover thrash punk sounds of the early material and mix it in with the southern rock and sludge metal styling's of later recordings and this is a review of their 2014 album "IX" which will be released by Candlelight Records.
A very distorted and heavy rock sound starts off the album before the music gets more dark and metal sounding along with some doom metal style guitar leads and riffs which leads up to some melodic vocals kicking in and the music also has a 70's and retro rock feeling to it but done in a more modern day manner.
On the other tracks the band returns back to its southern metal sound of the 90's but with a more dark, doomy and sludgy sound than what was presented back them as well as staying away from any mainstream sounds of the material that was released back them and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
After awhile the band also starts bringing in some thrash and crossover songs which show the punk influence that was a huge part of the bands musical style in the 80's along with some aggressive hardcore style screams while also using some melodic vocals on the faster tracks as well and they also mix in the punk sound with their slower and doomier material as well and after awhile they also start adding acoustic guitars in certain sections of the recording while the main focus is still on a heavier sound.
Corrosion Of Conformity combine all of the musical styles that they have played over the years together to create one of the heaviest albums they have released in years as well as adding in a more modern day feeling that would appeal to fans of sludge metal, doom and stoner rock, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover society, politics and people.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Corrosion Of Conformity and if you are a fan of this band, you should enjoy this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Brand New Sleep" "The Nectar" "Trucker" and "Who You need To Blame". 8 out of 10.