Three decades is a long time for any musical act to last. It’s an even longer time for an act that has spent most of its career flying well under the mainstream music radar. For such acts, managing to remain relevant and successful is a major feat. Not many non-mainstream acts can claim this badge of honor. One of the few that can is Raleigh, North Carolina’s very own Corrosion of Conformity. Corrosion of Conformity has always flown just under that mainstream radar. Yet despite that, this band has remained one of the most important bands in both the punk and hard rock communities throughout its near thirty years. As the band’s thirtieth anniversary approaches, longtime fans and new fans alike are being re-introduced to the band’s roots thanks to Candlelight Records and Lumberjack Records.
Candlelight and Lumberjack have officially re-issued the band’s 1983 debut record, Eye for an Eye for the masses. Coming off the heels of the band’s self-titled release earlier this year, this re-issue is an excellent juxtaposition of the aforementioned record. Both records boast the punk sound that made the band popular from the beginning. In putting the two albums side by side, the progression that the band has made is obvious. Even more evident is that while the band has grown, it hasn’t lost its punk roots in the time since its debut. In comparison to the records released with former front man Pepper Keenan, the sound of the band’s debut is vastly different. It would be improper to try and compare the band’s more punk based records with the more southern sludge rock tinged records. That would be comparing apples to oranges. The songs on Eye for an Eye are punk at their finest. They are short, fast, and loud. The longest track on this disc is just over three minutes. And the shortest song clocks in at less than thirty seconds. To be exact, it’s timed in at precisely twenty-three seconds long. Whether three minutes plus or less than a minute, the intensity of this punk classic still makes it a fan favorite and a must have for any COC fan and fan of real punk in general. It serves as a reminder of everything that was once right with the punk genre. Next to the band’s new self-titled release, the pair serves as a reminder that despite the glut of happy hopping pop punk that plays across the airwaves every day, real punk is still out there.
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