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Coroner - No More Color (9/10) - Switzerland - 1989

Genre: Thrash Metal
Label: Noise Records
Playing time: 34:21
Band homepage: -

Tracklist:

  1. Die By My Hand
  2. No Need To Be Human
  3. Read My Scars
  4. D.O.A.
  5. Mistress Of Deception
  6. Tunnel Of Pain
  7. Why It Hurts
  8. Last Entertainment
Coroner - No More Color

If there ever was a band that deserved to make it big but never did, it has to be CORONER. I first heard of this Swiss trio around 1990 on Much Music’s Power Hour show, where I saw the “Masked Jackal” video (from 1988’s “Punishment For Decadence”). I remember the VJ referring to CORONER as being the Thrash Metal equivalent of power trio RUSH. Now THAT, more than anything else, got my attention going. So I watched the video. And instantly liked it. And then planned a trip to downtown Rock en Stock (the Metal fans from Montreal will remember this famous but now closed store) to get my hands on a CORONER album, not knowing how many they had put out. Turns out they only had the “No More Color” album and since it was a quite expensive imported copy of an album I knew nothing about (I was still hooked on “Masked Jackal” and was hoping to find the album it was pulled from), I hesitated a bit before forking out some of my hard earned money to acquire this sucker. Which I ultimately did. And boy oh boy! was I in for a great ride!

 

“No More Color” turned out to be the last conventional Thrash Metal album by CORONER. Not as fast as the 2 previous offerings, yet still very much on the technical side of things, with most of the songs relying on very heavy and twisted, complex structures. I honestly can not understand why guitarist Tommy T. Baron never got the recognition he deserved for his playing on this record: believe me when I say he is all over the fretboard, yet he never sounds like showing off or on a mission to scare/bore us with his great technical abilities, like so many other well known guitarists. He is simply amazing… Pete Hinton, of SAXON fame, is producer here and even though I think he could have given the band a heavier overall resonance, his production truly shines in allowing the band’s sound to breathe and expand a bit beyond the conventional thrash style, thus offering a taste of things to come for the next albums. I have heard some people complain about Ron Royce’s vocals (I do not agree with them) and here they are a bit buried in the mix, which I think is sad. Anyway, if you like thrash metal, I can only urge you to buy this album; this is very heavy, quite complex yet instantly memorable music. Thrash Metal doesn’t come any better than this. (Online April 13, 2004)

 

Guest reviewer Jean-Yves Fournier



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