Released: 2010, Southern Lord
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz
The last time that this incarnation of C.O.C. released any new material, it was for the SIX SONGS EP in Nineteen-Eighty-Freakin’-Nine. So everybody should know the story at this point – Pepper Keenan’s busy with fatherhood and all things-Down, Mike Dean and Woody Weatherman are looking to stay busy, original drummer Reed Mullin re-enters the picture, and…BAM! ANIMOSITY-era C.O.C. reunion. In all actuality, this is an interesting turn of events for fans that never got to see this lineup do their thing, because quite frankly, the rule. Testing the waters of 2010, the trio has recently released a new single through the fine folks at Southern Lord, titled YOUR TOMORROW. So what if it’s only two songs, and they’re essentially the same track presented in two acts? It’s an awesome tease for what the band’s got in store for you…
Decidedly more up-tempo and aggressive than the last few records, YOUR TOMORROW combines the best elements of the band’s thrashcore heyday with the Sabbath-infused density of their more recent material. Mike Dean’s got the dexterity in his voice now that only comes with age, and sounds more like Trouble’s Eric Wagner than the gravel throated barker of yesteryear, but it adds a different dimension of heavy to the song(s) that really works well. Woodroe Weatherman’s guitar work is still as thick as ever, and it’s great to hear him crank out some pissed-off riffs again. And having Reed Mullin back in the fold after a ten year absence speaks for itself.
As much as I enjoy the band’s material with Pepper, YOUR TOMORROW is the shot in the arm that C.O.C. needed. Middle of the road enough to please fans of both eras, this is a definite winner. The band is currently touring and supposedly working on new material, and if this is any indication of what that material sounds like – prepare to have your ass handed to you. YOUR TOMORROW is available as a 7” single and a digital download.