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Review of the Album "No More Color" by Coroner

Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

Date of Release: September 18, 1989

Genre and style: technical thrash metal with progressive influences

Label that the band was signed to at the time: Noise Records

Rating out of 100: 98 points for its remarkable consistency and beautiful classical and progressive touch.

What Makes No More Color Different from Coroner's Debut?

No More Color is the 3rd studio album by Swiss technical thrash metal band Coroner and with this album, the band largely changes course while still maintaining its commitment to bringing thrash metal. This 3rd album is more progressive in nature. While the band’s debut focused mostly on a raw sounding structure with several instrumental songs, No More Color has a more developed riffing pattern to it and no instrumental songs in the album. Being a lover of 1980s era thrash metal I knew I had to listen to this one as well.

“No Need to Be Human” is one of those songs that has this sort of classical touch with the progressive nature in the middle of the song which makes it stronger. No More Color was released at the end of the 1980s as much of Europe was experiencing upheaval and change. This album was the right type of structured metal album for that time because many bands were experimenting with progressive stuff and becoming more melodic. “Read My Scars” has a very interesting main riff and I detect that it may have been the precursor to the song “Medicine Man” by Pantera. This song also has a sort of riffing style that Marty Friedman experimented with in his debut solo album Dragon’s Kiss. “Die By My Hand” is the song that starts off this album and it has that raw, razor sharp riffing structure and even the beginning bass work by Ron Royce is good. You can further notice the 1980s influence in the song D.O.A. If you enjoy albums such as Don’t Break the Oath, the riffing in this song resembles songs in that album but that’s not to say that Coroner are trying to or wanted to sound like Mercyful Fate. It is just that at that time period, this sort of black metal influence was there. With the disbandment of Celtic Frost, Coroner is perhaps the only old Swiss metal band left to continue the legacy of heavy metal in Switzerland.

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The Strength and Influence of the Band Coroner

There have been bands such as Algebra, Contorsion, and Comaniac that have been formed that strengthen the thrash metal scene in that country but Coroner are back and show that they finished the 1980s in super fashion. “Mistress of Deception” only continues the melodic efficiency of this album.

"No Need to Be Human"

Final Thoughts About the Album No More Color

“Why It Hurts” is a song that lyrically describes a pain or a situation that bothers the person and he does not know what is going on inside of him. He wonders what this pain is all about. No More Color ends with the atmospherically influenced song “Last Entertainment.” No matter what song you choose to play on this album they are all good and this is more than likely the best album in the career of Coroner.

"Why It Hurts"

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Ara Vahanian (author) from LOS ANGELES on February 21, 2021:

That is good to hear. Yes, being human is a given. Like I said, if I can get people to see the gift of this type of music that's a great thing. Thank you for commenting.

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez on February 20, 2021:

I'm getting to appreciate thrash music. The song No Need to be Human is nice. I'm also dwelling on the song's title since I feel like being human is a given.

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