- Corrosion Of Conformity
- No Cross No Crown
- Sludge/Heavy Metal
Corrosion of Conformity are nearly ancient. Black Sabbath managed to hit 50 years and I think COC will too eventually. They had a real messy start but have been in the clear ever since. They aren’t trailblazers or savants by any means, but they know how to kick out some rock and/or roll.
What we’re dealing with here is a thick sound that threatens to border on hard rock but punches high enough to be metal. Sludge is a classic element that has worked well for Corrosion Of Conformity. They apply it within an old-school heavy metal framework used by bands like Judas Priest and Black Label Society. You can see what I mean about sludge if you look at what Melvins did for grunge by adopting the deeper tones and held notes.
Pretty standard guitars with the heavy distortion but the tones do clean up a bit for certain licks and for solos. The drums aren’t any different from what you’d expect from classic rock or heavy metal, nothing too fancy but it does the job. I’d say the real MVP is their sound engineer. This LP isn’t about being impressive or complex. It’s not sophisticated. It’s about drinking beers and jamming with friends, which they achieve in spades.
It’s one of those genres, like doom, that you can’t ever call outdated or obsolete because it’s so timeless. What appealed to stoners twenty years ago still does now, there’s always someone willing to jam out to the low rumbling and sawing of sludge. Despite how clean the vocals are and how traditional the song writing is, it still feels heavy. Heavier than some releases from extreme metal bands with poor production. It’s a more upbeat and rolling kind of heavy that feels good with bassy headphones.
No Cross No Crown is a generous offering of music at 15 tracks, perhaps a sign of their age in the music industry. You’ll find a healthy variety on their signature sound and even a ballad or two. You’re getting your money’s worth. So, check it out. You won’t be surprised but you won’t be offended either. You’ll hear some music.