Corrosion of Conformity, Animosity

Jon Wiederhorn

By Jon Wiederhorn

on 06.14.11 in Reviews
A blaring cry for cultural unity

Before Corrosion of Conformity became a southern rock-tinged doom band, they were one of the most arresting and groundbreaking crossover bands around, blending hardcore and thrash into a dangerous and unstable compound that defied the conventions of either genre. The band’s second disc, Animosity lurches and lunges on a foundation of odd meters and sudden tempo shifts (“Consumed”), catchy, gang vocals and palm-muted metal riffs (“Holier”) and pure speed intercut with a startling array of off-kilter rhythms (“Intervention”). The instrumental title track starts out as a dense and sluggish ode to all things black (Sabbath and Flag), then tears into an frenzied skullripper, while “Kiss of Death” is more like Judas Priest filtered through early Bad Brains. At a time when punks and metal kids were as likely to exchange blows as mosh together, Animosity was a blaring cry for cultural unity.