Album of the Week: Corrosion of Conformity In the Arms of God

In the arms of God
1. Stone Breaker
2. Paranoid Opioid
3. Is It That Way
4. Dirty Hands Empty Pockets (Already Gone)
5. Rise River Rise
6. Never Turns to More
7. Infinite War
8. So Much Left Behind
10. World on Fire
11. Crown of Thorns
12. In the Arms of God

This one’s been on the MP3 player for a couple of months now. Its a like a slow burning grass spliff that gradually gets you. Lots of surface impressions on the first couple of listens. Black Sabbath, Southern Rock, some catchy almost Metallica Ride the Lightning/Master of Muppets era rifts, and politically aware lyrics. Lots of separate elements floating in the air. Not bad for a bog standard Sabbath clone, and a nice one to nod off to on the train home. Then suddenly it clicked. All the elements came together and suddenly I have a molten metal classic on my hands. A collection of melodic but heavy as fuck songs which has a hypnotic quality to them. The political side the album suddenly changed from Americans whinging on about loss of their dream, to a full bloodied soundtrack to the apocalypse. Funny how I like my soundtracks to the apocalypse lately. This album after a listen or ten suddenly digged its claws in and refused to let go its that catchy.

Personal faves are the intense Infinite War, which is almost a modern update on Sabbath’s War Pigs, and In the Arms of God, which is an angry and crushing end to the album

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