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America’s Volume Dealer
November 2000
Released: 2000, BMG/CMC International
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Pete

Back with their first release on the Sanctuary label, Corrosion of Conformity (now known as only "COC") return with their first full-length in 4 years.

America's Volume Dealer follows in the same direction as 1996's Wiseblood but only a step further. The band have finally found their "sound" as with a stable line-up(their third album with this line up). It would be fair to say that COC are more "rock/groove oriented" a la Metallica's Black album than METAL; gone are the days of "Vote With A Bullet" and "Damned For All Time."

Pepper Keenan's voice gets better with every effort. From the hook of opener "Over Me" to the balls out "Getting it On", the band serves up 11 tracks of Raleigh, North Carolina's finest. "Congratulations Song" offers up a cool riff with an up-tempo beat. The all-out funky feel of "Zippo", the ZZ-top laden "Diablo Blvd.", and the Skynard-esque "Stare Too Long" (featuring Govt. Mule's Warren Haynes on slide) show the versatility of the band, but still establishing that COC sound. Also of note is 13 Angels, with it’s haunting 70's/Sabbath(?) ring to it.

Overall, a great album that may have been 4 years in the making, but well worth the wait.

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