In the Arms of God

It has been five years since Corrosion of Conformity's last release—an eternity in hard rock. With that much time, it would be expected that the band deliver a solid album, but COC has gone abo

It has been five years since Corrosion of Conformity's last release—an eternity in hard rock. With that much time, it would be expected that the band deliver a solid album, but COC has gone above and beyond. "In the Arms of God" is a riff-fueled set that ranks with its best work. COC has been through many incarnations, from its hardcore/punk beginnings to a Southern rock-influenced sound. This album feels like a culmination of these disparate genres, with bluesy, Sabbath-influenced moments ("It Is That Way," "World On Fire") and thrashy rockers ("Paranoid Opioid," the title track). A few songs don't pick up beyond the initial thrill of their first riffs, and the dual guitar harmonies that had been COC's calling card are few and far between. Still, "In the Arms of God" is likely to wind up on many headbanger's year-end top 10 lists.—BT