Mojo’s Pick of the Week – CoC “Into the Arms of God”

CoC Into the Arms of GodPick of the WeekPreamble: this is my first Pick of the Week that isn’t a band. Instead, it’s a disc that I can’t stop playing. A disc I’m digging on so much that I’m permanently breaking my six-year-old convention and allowing the Pick of the Week to now be a concert, album, piece of gear or anything music-related that impressed me that week.

Corrosion of Conformity‘s 2005 release “Into the Arms of God” is an angry, yet melodic and very mature album from the seminal stoner rock band out of North Carolina, when it was still regularly fronted by Pepper Keenan. The grit, doom and fuzz is tempered with some surprisingly hooky grooves as found in “Rise River Rise” and “Backslider”.

We begin with the track that got play on MTV2’s Headbanger’s Ball, the killer “Stone Breaker”, and lead through the trippy “Paranoid Opioid” into another hook-filled fuzzfest, “It Is That Way”. Nearly very song on this album is good or even great, and as a whole it hangs together like few other albums I’ve heard lately. From the Slayer-like pounding of “Infinite War” to the bluesy, psychedelic jam of “So Much Left Behind”, this album is very much a progression from its previous milestone album, the gritty Wiseblood. The weakest track is oddly the title track, which is an acoustic song that sounds like it was lifted from the quiet moment of a movie about ritual self-flagellation. Skip that, take the rest and you have an album well worth putting into your heavy rotation!

Here’s the official video for the opening track, Stone Breaker

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Mojo’s Pick of the Week – Vista Chino

vistachinoYou only think you don’t know who Vista Chino is. After the legendary stoner rock band Kyuss reformed as Kyuss Lives! in 2010 with Belgian guitarist Bruno Fevery filling Josh Homme’s shoes, they ended up having to drop the name Kyuss for legal reasons and became Vista Chino. Bassist Nick Oliveri has now returned to his own group Mondo Generator (named after a Kyuss song), while the absolutely amazing Mike Dean from Corrosion of Conformity has stepped in for their current tour in support of their debut album “Peace”, out now.

If you are or ever were a Kyuss fan, absolutely, positively, do not miss a chance to see Vista Chino, and revel in the reborn glory of desert rock legends playing their heavy, groovy classics with love. They play tonight at the Echoplex in LA with Portland’s Black Pussy, seriously, catch them if you can!

Stream “Peace” and read John Garcia’s thoughts on each track on Spin.

In the meantime, enjoy this Kyuss classic from Welcome to Sky Valley, well represented in their setlist:

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Mojo’s Pick of the Week – Scorpion Child

scorpionchildFans of Black Sabbath, Dio, Mountain, and any number of 70’s heavy fuzz rock bands will find that Austin’s Scorpion Child feels like your comfortable old Converse kicks and equally makes you want to jump around and dance and maybe break shit. These guys are solid as hell, and bring their unashamed retro style right in your face like a fisted glove. They’ve played with the mighty Clutch, among others, and are on tour right now to promote their just-released self titled debut album. Catch them at Slim’s SF on September 23!

SCORPION CHILD – Polygon Of Eyes

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