Corroded – Eleven Shades of Black
Described as Heavy aggressive rock peppered with a taste of grunge , Corroded formed in 2004 after just a couple jam sessions. Judging from what they heard in their sessions, the band quickly realized that Corroded would portray a sound that mixed the heavy rock sound of the 70′s with a modern twist. Between the years of 2005 and 2007, the band released 3 demos: Heart of the Machine , Sessions ward-22 , and III .
Corroded has toured with Swedish Grammy Winners Mustasch, (which was given great reviews), and they also were booked for a Sweden Rock Festival appearance. In 2008, 2 of the original members of the group departed. But with two new members, Corroded formed a solid lineup and was signed to Ninetone Records. Now, Corroded is ready to take over the US with their debut album 11 Shades of Black .
Here We Go:
You’ll start hearing heavy guitar riffs and pounding drums beats and you’ll know that you’re deep into “6 Ft. of Anger”, the first track off of the album. Its a brilliant mix of heavy instrumentation and dark vocals that will get the blood flowing. “6 Ft. of Anger” drives straight into “Time and Again”. Track 2 offers up more intense guitar riffs, while exposing verses and choruses that connect with the listener very intensely. An impressive guitar solo leads into the final powerful chorus that wraps up the song. Track 3, “King of Nothing”, is up next and once again another awesome guitar riffs start the song. If there is one thing Corroded has proven only three songs in, it’s that they don’t lack in the riff department. Corroded takes it down a notch at the beginning of “Leave Me Alone”, but crank it back up right in time for the chorus. A great balance of hard and soft is created to make ‘Leave Me Alone” one of the stand outs on the album.
“Come On In” is another example of the superb guitar riffs and versatility of singer Jens Westin. The interesting guitar work and creepy vocals of this song captivates you for the entire time. Track 6 is an eerie, driving look of what’s “Inside You”. Another softer look at Corroded is displayed with Track 7, “Bleed”. It’s a deeper look into the lyrical content of the band and possibly one of the most personal songs, at least from what I perceived, on the album. “Scarred” picks things up again with the intensity that is display throughout most of the album.
“Token” continues the trend and “All The Voices” brings a new element of “groove” into the album. Track 10 is the biggest departure from the rest of the album as far as the feel of the song goes, but it still fits perfectly. The song is still hard and the subject matter is dark, but the sound almost makes you want to get up and move a little. It’s not going to make you want to get up and do the freaking moonwalk…however there is an element of surprise in this song that makes it stand out. It has that little added something to it that just makes it different and successful. The finale of the album is “Enigma”. The unique take on the instrumentation of the chorus is a nice addition and a cool ending to the album.
Highlights: “6 Ft. of Anger”, “Time and Again”, “Leave Me Alone” , “Bleed”, “All The Voices”
One thing I can say with 100% confidence is that this band can rock. Between the intense guitar riffs, amazing solos, intricate drum work and outstanding vocals, I see Corroded invading the US very soon. This band is very consistent with their ability to produce heavy rock music. Eleven Shades of Black is an excellent find for all hard rock music lovers.