Wiseblood (Corrosion of Conformity album)

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Studio album by
Released October 15, 1996
Recorded 1995 - 1996
Genre Stoner rock, sludge metal, Southern metal
Length 58:00
Label Columbia
Producer John Custer
Corrosion of Conformity chronology
America's Volume Dealer

Wiseblood is the fifth album by Corrosion of Conformity. Its name comes from the novel Wise Blood, written by Southern Gothic author Flannery O'Connor. Metallica's lead vocalist, James Hetfield, provides his voice as backup on the album's ninth track, "Man or Ash". The song "Drowning in a Daydream" was nominated for Best Metal Performance at the 40th Grammy Awards ceremony (which went to Tool for "Ænema").


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Wiseblood received a mixed review from Allmusic writer Stephen Thomas Erlewine, who gave the album four stars out of five. He describes Wiseblood as the "closest Corrosion of Conformity have gotten to old-school heavy metal, yet their fondness for industrial soundbites and thrash-metal keeps the group sounding contemporary." However, Erlewine states that it "doesn't have half the hooks of its predecessor, which means it sounds great while its playing, but it disappears into the abyss once it's finished."[1]

Despite receiving mixed reviews, Wiseblood is one of Corrosion of Conformity's most successful and best-selling albums to date, peaking at number 104 on the Billboard 200; this was the band's highest position on the chart for 22 years, until No Cross No Crown, which peaked at number 67.[2] It also peaked at number two on the Heatseekers chart.[3] One of the album's singles, "Drowning in a Daydream", peaked at number 27 on the Mainstream Rock chart.[4]

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "King of the Rotten" Pepper Keenan 3:14
2. "Long Whip / Big America" Keenan, Reed Mullin, Woody Weatherman 4:52
3. "Wiseblood" Keenan, Mullin 3:01
4. "Goodbye Windows" Keenan, Weatherman 5:41
5. "Born Again for the Last Time" Keenan, Mullin 4:39
6. "Drowning in a Daydream" Keenan, Mullin, Weatherman, Mike Dean 4:22
7. "The Snake Has No Head" (featuring Alex Montana) Keenan, Dean 4:13
8. "The Door" Keenan, Mullin, Dean 3:28
9. "Man or Ash" (featuring James Hetfield) Keenan, Dean 5:13
10. "Redemption City" Keenan, John Custer 4:51
11. "Wishbone (Some Tomorrow)" Keenan 3:59
12. "Fuel" Keenan, Mullin 2:39
13. "Bottom Feeder (El Que Come Abajo)" Keenan, Mullin, Weatherman, Dean 7:51
14. "The Land of Free Disease" (japanese bonus track) Keenan, Mullin 4:20


Corrosion of Conformity

Additional personnel

Chart positions


Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1996 The Billboard 200 104


Year Single Chart Position
1996 "Drowning in a Daydream" Mainstream Rock Tracks 27


  1. ^ a b "Wiseblood - Corrosion of Conformity". Allmusic.
  2. ^ "Corrosion of Conformity Billboard 200 Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  3. ^ "Corrosion of Conformity - Awards". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2013-01-29.
  4. ^ "Wiseblood - Corrosion of Conformity - Awards". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2013-01-29.
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