What a great album this is. I remember that I was in eighth grade when I found this album. The local radio station had been playing "Albatross" and "Clean My Wounds" quite a bit. The latter song was the real impetus for picking up the album. There's just something about the mix of heavy metal, southern rock, and hardcore. It's a unique sound that comes off extremely well. The songs are all incredibly powerful and catchy as hell.
This was one of the early albums in my metal collection. I still pull the tape out every once in awhile and I always think to myself "why do I not listen to this album more often?"
Corrosion of Conformity was an early band blending the aforementioned variety of styles. Bassist and vocalist Pepper Keenan is a massively influential figure in metal and served time in Down and was even offered the bassist position in Metallica at one point. Without Corrosion of Conformity, there would probably be no Mastodon, Baroness, or many of the other sludge metal bands that have achieved fame in the last few years. I still prefer C.O.C. though. This album is incredible.