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4 Song Sampler
September 2000
Released: 2000, Sanctuary
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Pete

We've gotten a few e-mails here at Metal Rules concerning the whereabouts of COC. MIA since 1996's Wiseblood, COC return with a new offering next month titled America's Volume Dealer. Recently signed to Sanctuary, COC have finally found their "sound" which these days seems like a heavier version of early ZZ Top. Opening track "Over Me" will probably be a lead-off single, with it's catchy chorus and infectious riff sounding like it could've been lifted off 1996's Wiseblood. Stare Too Long starts acoustically, smothered in in a southern rock feel. Pepper's infectious vocals and harmonies are the standout here. I'm sure Mr. Hetfield will be jealous he never penned this one. "Take What You Want" starts with a fuzzy guitar sound, quickly sliding into a ZZ Top-type groove, while adding a touch of funk. Final track "Sleeping Martyr" starts with an acoustic intro, abruptly turning into another slab of blues-tinged southern rock. Unfortunately, the heaviness of such tracks as "Vote With A Bullet" seem to be far behind this band, but they seem to be comfortable with the 70's rock vibe. And comfortable with themselves, as "America's Volume Dealer" will be album #3 with the same line-up. Can't wait for the full length.

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