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Corrosion of Conformity
In the Arms of God (Sanctuary Records)

By: Mike SOS

A five-year hiatus has yielded an angry beast, as the latest release from North Carolina's favorite sons Corrosion of Conformity has returned in a huge way with IN THE ARMS OF GOD, a triumphant 12-track album brimming with the Southern fried stoner metal these pioneers of pummeling helped put on the map. Pepper Keenan, Mike Dean, Woody Weatherman, and new skin basher Stanton Moore have clamped down on their collective anger, and in turn, have made the most riff-tastic, lyrically scathing, rhythmically challenging, ass-kicking album of this veteran outfit's acclaimed career. Equally dispersing the Sabbath-esque sludge and Skynyrd-like snarl, tracks like the tumultuously composed "Paranoid Opioid", the vocally scolding "Dirty Hands Empty Pockets/ Already Gone" and the thick, groove laden "Backslider" exhibit why COC is at the top of the stoner rock mountain, while the album's title cut is a metal epic bursting with splashes of sonic brilliance. IN THE ARMS OF GOD has solidified COC's lofty stature in the upper echelon of the metal realm, and is a top candidate for the best album of 2005.
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