Tom Sinclair
November 29, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

Wiseblood

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Metal

We gave it an A-

While many latter-day headbangers continue to churn out artless thrash-and-bash hokum, this long-running North Carolina band is making metal exciting again with Wiseblood. Corrosion of Conformity’s guitarists shred clichés as well as notes, adding groove, nuance, and melody without diluting the music’s brute force. Here’s hoping Metallica fans who buy this for James Hetfield’s cameo on ”Man or Ash” will know what they’ve lucked into. A-

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