For Those About to Squawk: Corrosion of Conformity, Audrey Horne, Anvil

This time of year–I know I squawk it a lot, but the releases tend to slow down a little bit. This year, we’ve already seen a record from Watain, so here are some upcoming releases to get you going. Let’s hope Robb Flynn doesn’t get too upset…

This one will be really hard for me, as this birdbrain is a tried and true early COC fan, but Corrosion Of Conformity drop No Cross No Crown on us, and it’s noteworthy. So, this is not the early crossover days, and that should not come as a surprise to anyone. This is a heavy southern rock boogie extravaganza. The return of Pepper Keenan has definitely brought some life back into this band. This is high-energy, heavy rock and roll. Think Wiseblood or Deliverance-era COC and you can paint a pretty good picture of what this sounds like. Sabbath mixed with Skynyrd with a little bit of added soul is a fairly accurate representation of the vibe here. So, in my pecking opinion, this is not for me. It’s rock and roll and not what I think of when I think of COC, but most people will dig this as it’s a solid heavy metal record and fans of them when they were at their peak in popularity will not be disappointed.

7 Fucking Pecks (for everyone but me).

There’s a band called Audrey Horne? This bums me out, as the character from Twin Peaks (played by Sherilyn Fenn) was perhaps the best looking woman ever.  On to the music… this is watered down power metal, one that seems to rip Iron Maiden off at every corner. Blackout isn’t bad if bland lyrics and blander riffs are your thing, but it definitely seems there’s not a real reason for this to exist.

2 Fucking Pecks. Here’s a pic of the ACTUAL Audrey Horne, as that’s better than the band.

OK,so remember that documentary about Anvil? Yeah you do. So they’re back at it with their 189th record, Pounding the Pavement (note: they had a record called Pound For Pound). So this is… Anvil alright, traditional heavy metal, and while Pounding the Pavement isn’t bad, it’s nothing new at all. The production here is really good and makes it feel a little more alive, and I have to say, this is the better of the releases post-documentary, but overall it just has a generic feel. So this is cool, fun kinda, but you know, maybe they should call their new record Same Old Same Old. They also have a song called “Bitch In a Box.” C’mon guys, it’s 2018 now…

5 Fucking Pecks.

Well, that’s all, guys… I bid you adieu until next time… Waldo out.