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For a simple EP, Corrosion Of Conformity's "Technocracy" is finally the first sight of seeing the band come into their own. While before C.O.C. made a great effort to make themselves stick out in the already over-growing, over-populated hardcore punk scene filled with Black Flag and Minor Threat clones, and not only being part of the first original wave of hardcore punk along with the other two mentioned, C.O.C. were at least a step ahead of the game when it came to actually progressing. The musical leaps made from "Eye For An Eye" to their second album "Animosity" proved a more mature sound for the band in helping them gain a bigger audience in the metal scene at a time when hardcore punk bands started incorporating influences and touring with bands such as Exodus, Slayer, and the likes which is what made "Animosity" one of the first and best authentic crossover albums of all time next to albums from other Cryptic Slaughter, Hirax, Attitude Adjustment, and Suicidal Tendencies.
The first thing that sticks out the most and best is the sound production. This is where the band's weakest spot was during the 80's. Not that one should expect anything gold, but compared to their first two albums "Technocracy" has a much more warmer sound. Oh it still has the punkified angst and D.I.Y. atmosphere from their first two, but the sound production gives the musicians and their instruments a bit of a room to breath. Also here is where we start seeing C.O.C's core members guitarist Woody Weatherman, bassist Mike Dean and drummer Reed Mullens start getting more comfortable and more adjusted to playing music at a more faster pace and technical level. "Animosity", even though a classic to this very day, sounded like the band was running around trying to get the riffs down first and foremost. Scurrying about in trying to get to the level where they are not as tension-filled and are able to catch a breath between tempo changes. All of this is noticed due to the fact of the addition to a singer known as Simon Bob Sinister which in reality sounds like a Jeff Spicoli version of Mike Dean. Not saying he's bad, but for a once hardcore punk band from the south, their lead singer just brings back the classic scene where Jeff completely baked and slapping his skull with a new pair of Vans skateboard shoes. "Yo dude!!!" indeed.
"Technocracy" starts off with the classic title track that is still very much in their last album. In fact I would cut this part short in saying the new songs are still "Animosity"-era and sounds like leftovers but in a good way. Not really a bad song or anything too overly amazing except with the beginning of the song "Intervention" one of four songs that was put on "Technocracy" when it was re-released in 1992. The beginning is a riff that I can't tell if it's a riff or Mike Dean doing some really fast techy shit that would make Heathen raise their eyebrows, Mixed in with some heavy Sabbath breakdowns before going back into total maniacal speed. Oh and the re-recorded versions are just as good, if not better with Mike fuckin' Dean sounding like he's about to stick a knife in your back.
"Technocracy" is the second to last step into what C.O.C. would progress and play in the 90's starting with the thrash/doom overlord album "Blind" and then finally settling on their Lynyard Skynard take on Black Sabbath. For an E.P. that I got for only $5, it's damn good.
If you like Nuclear Assault's brand of thrash, chances are you'll like this COC album. Recorded back in '87 when they were really a three piece with a revolving door of vocalists (in this case, it happens to be a dude named Simon Bob), this album is ferocious and aggressive. Lots of catchy, thrashy stuff to be found here, with the best tunes probably being the lightning quick "Hungry Child" or "Hapily Ever After", which is a thrash/punk blueprint.
My only complaint is that the album is way too short. Only five tracks, with one of them not really being a song at all, just leaves you wanting more. It's a little better if you have the 1992 re-release, since it gives you four extra tunes, but only one of them isn't a repeat, that being "Intervention". The other three are just different versions of "Technocracy", "Crawling" and "Happily Ever After" with bassist Mike Dean singing.
Anyway, like I said before, if you like a little punk in your thrash, you will adore this album, and probably all of the other COC albums from this era.