Corrosion of Conformity are gearing up to release their first new album since 2012's XI, and the first with vocalist/guitarist Pepper Keenan since 2005's In the Arms of God. After Keenan spent a few years in sludge supergroup Down, he has returned to COC. That is especially good news, because their best and most successfull albums (like "Deliverance" and "Wiseblood") were released with the man on board. The album is titled "No Cross No Crown" and is coming out on the 12th of January, on Nuclear Blast Records. This is what Pepper Keenan had to say about the record:
"We took our time and didn't put any pressure on ourselves, I'd go up from New Orleans and we'd do four or five days at a time, just hacking away at it. It was fun because we did it like a demo, but in a studio. We were writing and putting it on tape at the same time. We took what parts we thought were great from the old days and weren't scared to go backwards. It kinda wrote itself that way. Some of these new jams sound like could've easily been on "Wiseblood" or "Deliverance", two of CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's most revered records. On "No Cross No Crown", beefy Southern stompers like "The Luddite", "Little Man" and "Forgive Me" are interspersed with melancholy guitar interludes like "No Cross", "Matre's Diem" and "Sacred Isolation" — just like SABBATH used to do in the '70s. "We started doing that on 'Deliverance', my theory on that is that if you're trying to make a record flow, you need to break it up a little. When you need a breather, write an interlude. I like writing those mellow pieces just to space things out and make the next thing come in heavier. We were playing this old church from like the 1500s that had been turned into a performing arts center, the dressing room had stained glass windows and one of them showed this poor fella being persecuted. Underneath it said, 'no cross no crown.' So I just took that idea. We're not trying to be on a soapbox, but we used it as a catalyst to write songs around. I think everyone needs to get away from that mindset in general, It just seems to be a mess out there nowadays. We need to get back to being humans and taking care of each other and simple things like that. For us, the terminology 'no cross no crown' is a theme. It's mentioned in like three songs throughout the album. We just weaved it through as we went. CORROSION OF CONFORMITY and the prior records I've done with them didn't just go away. It's an honor to be back out there and have an opportunity to do it again in a real way and not some washed-up reunion thing. Even before we wrote the record, we were out there for a year seeing there was a demand for it and that there was a void that we could fill. That's been CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's deal from day one. We're not chasing anybody around. We're not gonna worry about what the new trends are. CORROSION OF CONFORMITY is CORROSION OF CONFORMITY."