Album Review: Mother Corona – “Reburn”
Mother Corona are a psychedelic inspired heavy rock outfit from Didcot, in Oxfordshire. Despite Didcot sounding like the least rock and roll name for a town ever, Mother Corona come equipped with a crushing groove, Ozzy-esque vocals (well Ozzy if Billy Corgan was doing an Ozzy impression) and riffs pilfered from every era of metal you care to mention.
The bands influences are worn very much on their sleeves, at times sounding like Queens Of The Stone Age meets Alice in Chains and others, ripping out riffs so heavy and filthy they sound more like Superjoint Ritual, but successfully marrying these influences into something that has the bands unique stamp on it. Unafraid of who they are, Mother Corona flit between riff heavy groovefests, psychedelic opuses and laid back instrumentals. If you like stoner rock there is probably something for you here.
The record opens with Cut The Rope, a heavy as hell groove monster that sets up the record perfectly. It’s followed by the twisty turny riffs of Wax and the wah-drenched stomper Black Acid Morning, but the record really takes off when the title track Reburn kicks in, it’s chorus guaranteed to remain firmly lodged in your head for days. Then things punk up a bit with Dead Space, before going back to groove-laden metal on Vertigo Terror, which seems to have appropriated it’s riff from Metallica’s Thorn Within. Other highlights include Master Bizarre and the ridiculously heavy Enough Time Spent.
At fifteen tracks, this album's only real weakness is that it's too long. With so many of the songs following the same basic template, it wouldn't have hurt to shave off 5 or so tracks, but out of the multitude of tunes on offer here the hit rate is pretty high so you can't really complain. Reburn is a good album and with a bit more pruning it could have been a great one.