CORONER - NO MORE COLOR + Collector Card (*NEW-GOLD DISC CD, 2022, Brutal Planet) elite Swiss Thrash Metal
BPCD1607 CORONER - NO MORE COLOR
- Started as Celtic Frost roadies!
- Gold Max CD for superior audio clarity and protection
- Gold Disc to discourage disc rot and add beauty and elegance
- 12-page expanded booklet w lyrics and band pics
- 1989 classic officially licensed from Century Media (Noise International)
- Elite 2022 Remaster by Rob Colwell of Bombworks Sound
Every CD comes with a deluxe foil-stamped collector's card of Coroner (1st pressing only)
Gold Disc border on the front cover - but the back of the booklet features the front cover with no Gold border around the edges
- Technical thrash metal masterpiece
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT NO MORE COLOR...
"No More Color" is intense aggression, technical superiority, and songwriting originality in one package, and there´s really nothing like it out there. Coroner hit gold here and I consider "No More Color" a technical thrash metal masterpiece. A 5 star (100%) rating is deserved. METAL ARCHIVES REVIEWS
Man, how awesome were Celtic Frost? So awesome, even their roadies could blow lesser metal bands off the stage, that's how! Coroner's No More Color sees Tom Warrior's former road crew craft a punchy thrash metal classic which is actually more interesting than what the Frost were coming up with at the same time. Clever and showing a degree of technical adeptness without crossing the line into showing off, the trio cook up an intriguingly original thrash sound which proves that even as the 80s drew to a close there were still plenty of directions to take the subgenre in beyond what the Big Four were up to at the time. METAL ARCHIVES REVIEWS
Up until the end of the 80s, the Swiss CORONER became one of the prime leaders in Technical Thrash Metal, they were the masters in their field, a force to be reckoned with in musical terms. Their perception of Thrash Metal appeared to be almost uncanny, and so little time, they became proficient. Following the supreme sophomore, “Punishment For Decadence”, a release of an equal or stronger album was bound to happen. A year or so after the former, “No More Color” was released, originally by Noise Records.
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ABOUT THE ALBUM
Coroner – No More Color (Brutal Planet Records, 2022)
Coroner hit their peak with this third full-length. Like Rush 1974-1981 and King’s X 1988-1992, and so many other elite bands, Coroner are technical thrash perfection from the beginning of their career to their last album in 1993. With No More Color the drums find the proper mix finally and the choruses are contagiously catchy. This is hands-down my favourite Coroner album. Peter Hinton of Saxon gets recognition for manufacturing a magnificent sound.
Die For Myself starts with what any listener will identify as a great improvement in song writing and overall sound dynamics, which continues onto the rest of the album. No Need To Be Human does not disappoint, pulling the brakes for a slower entry, then following up with neo-classical guitar. D.O.A. is unadulterated thrash goodness, flying into many directions yet still remaining coherent.
The highlight of this album is found in Mistress Of Deception. If you hear only one song from Coroner’s catalog, let it be this bombastic masterpiece! Another heavy delight is Tunnel of Pain, which continues to honor Coroner as true statesmen of thrashdom with compelling and skilled musicianship. Seriously, this is some of the most accomplished metal you are likely to hear in a couple lifetimes.
Ending track Last Entertainment throw in keyboard accents for an experimental metal meets dark wave composition. Ron Royce does spoken word while drummer Marky plays with an echo effect on the drums. As with any band challenged to turn over new ground, this song indicates they are avoiding being pigeon-holed in their musical aspirations.
No More Color is a prestigious and powerful album, one that will endure the test of time. Now available on Gold Disc CD, this comes highly recommended.
--Doug Peterson, Down The Line zine
Die By My Hand 3:46
No Need To Be Human 4:30
Read My Scars 4:31
Mistress Of Deception 4:57
Tunnel Of Pain 4:29
Why It Hurts 3:47
Last Entertainment 3:59
DECIBEL MAGAZINE ALBUM REVIEW
The story of the creation of Coroner’s No More Color is one absent of any of the hardship, debauchery and/or numerous lineup changes that have plagued many of the albums previously anointed official badass status in our esteemed Hall. This isn’t the story of a band having a killer piece of metal history emerge from a well of chaos and uncertainty. It’s simply the tale of three dudes from Zurich with a deep admiration for thrash metal, an open ear for other styles and genres of music, a penchant for being able to combine their many musical loves, and a love of doing just that. There may be an undercurrent of perseverance to Coroner’s story, one brought about by the trials and tribulations involved in attempting to make a name for one’s band in the pre-Internet age, especially when hailing from a country with as (then, anyway) limited a metallic pedigree as Switzerland, but that’s about all the drama 1989’s No More Color can muster. You might be able to kick-start a rousing message board debate about whether or not No More Color—or its predecessor, Punishment for Decadence—is the Hall of Fame-worthy work, but that’s not really the stuff battle royales are made of. It’s all very reserved; very Swiss, if you will.
The band originally caused a small stir as a result of their networking prowess three years earlier. Basically, while roadie-ing for Celtic Frost on their “Tragic Serenades” tour, the Coroner dudes would talk up anyone who would listen about their Death Cult demo (on which Tom Warrior did guest vocals). Coming off the underground success of Punishment for Decadence, the trio of Markus “Marquis Marky” Edelmann, Ron “Ron Royce” Broder and Tommy “Tommy T. Baron” Vetterli retired to their Zurich home base to painstakingly pour over the minutiae that would eventually comprise the forward-thinking No More Color. The sinister shuffle of “Die by My Hand,” the classically inspired precision of “D.O.A.,” the scalar runs and Middle East-meets-Haight-Ashbury groove present on “Mistress of Deception,” the eerie epic-ness of “Last Entertainment” and the angular post-punk rumble of “Read My Scars” were amongst the album’s many highlights. The output was a collective work that retained the unhinged nature of thrash, but refined it with appropriate smatterings of dissonant chords, flashy guitar shred, baroque melodic layers and a progressive, far-reaching psych-jazz undercurrent that confused and alienated those who enjoyed their metal raw, rare and bloody, while clicking with those already searching for more from their thrash to the tune of tens of thousands of copies sold.
After two more albums, the trio split up without much fanfare in 1996. However, Coroner have since caved to the demand of both the fans who rabidly and originally worshipped their output and those posthumous discoverers who can hear the steps they were making in advancing thrash metal 20+ years ago. This year, Coroner will reconvene to perform at France’s Hellfest, the U.K.’s Bloodstock Open Air Festival and the Maryland Deathfest. As the world prepares to celebrate the return of one of thrash metal’s quirkiest innovators, Decibel’s Hall of Fame celebrates the band’s crowning achievement with our latest induction.