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Corrosion of Conformity (COC) - Animosity
Review: After an initial success with pure thrash, like many of the early thrash bands Corrosion of Conformity (COC) drifted toward the more refined version of the style, with longer songs and more emphatic connections between subject matter and the handful of themes within each work. Here the raw riffcraft of the band can shine as can some of their songwriting skills, creating an album with many fundamental parts of the previous areas in which their music had been created, arranged with a new eye for division, order and coherence.
These songs stop short of anthemic, and employ many of the abrupt techniques of hardcore music to emphasize the disintegrating logic overwhelming each piece of ordered sound. Violent wails accompany rough shouted vocals, and the churning of guitar nicely matches an open and pungent drum track, creating something often as vile as death metal but with the blank-faced innocence of a punk band. Crossover fans and anyone who looks toward experimental music for interest will find in this some moments and a whole of a unique language.