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Classic Review: Coroner - No More Color
No More Color

Label: Noise Records
Year released: 1989
Duration: 34:18
Tracks: 8
Genre: Thrash Metal


Review online: February 28, 2006
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 4.13/5 (82.55%) (47 Votes)

Coroner were one of those bands that never got the attention they deserved. They started as a fast, bashing Thrash band with "R.I.P." back in '87, and they kept right on releasing albums even if nobody paid any attention, never changing their style so much as they just kept developing it, ignoring trends and fads, and never losing their integrity. Coroner were technically a Thrash band, but they brought so much creativity and musicality to what was then a glutted and stultified genre that they lifted it above genre work. "No More Color" was their third, and many would say their best album. Released right at the crest of the Thrash wave of the late 80s just as it was about to tumble down into the Death Metal trough, Coroner still stood out from the pack.

This was a band that never fell into boring 4/4 timing or rat a tat typical drum patterns, and they had an involved and distinctive riff style. Despite the heads-down aggression of cuts like "Die By My Hand" and "Read My Scars" they remained complex without being masturbatory, and textured without losing ferocity. They just piled riff on riff, and yet never lost track of the song as a whole. Ron Royce's raspy vocals had a lot of character, and their lyrics were something else, check out the weird poetic rant of "D.O.A." ("I won't go till the sun lights the night/And the moon is melting my skin/Water turns to fire/And flames are freezing to ice") – you can tell this isn't the usual drivel that passed for Thrash lyrics back in the day.

Coroner were just ace songwriters, but they never got the support from Noise they deserved, and remained – and remain today – a cult band revered by a very few. To my knowledge there have not been any re-releases of these classic discs, but you can still find them used here and there. Recommended.

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