Review: No Cross No Crown

I haven’t heard much Corrosion of Conformity in the better part of fifteen years. I did not appreciate their slow Black Sabbath inspired music back then and it still does nothing for me now. Interesting to see how much has not changed over the years.

Despite the hype over the album, No Cross No Crown, I have not been sold on the record. The album boasts a very familiar sound, one that has become quite popular with younger crowds and in some cases have been done much better in recent years. The songs are all mid tempo rockers with a heavy guitar tone and a style that directly resembles Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath. Because of these striking similarities, it feels like the band are going through the book of “which Sabbath riff to use next”.

The music is played very well on a technical level. The band sound very tight and it all comes together very nicely. The bass is a bit lacking for my cup of tea, I can barely hear it in the mix as it is thoroughly drowned out and in this case I think the culprit is the twin guitar sound. It is very over powering and a single guitar approach would have given the bass enough room to shine. The production style of the band is very much raw and in your face. It suits their style to a point but sounds a little bit amateurish by the standards of these music veterans. The style works on multiple occasions, but on others it does make me desire a cleaner much more professional sound.

Despite not being my cup of tea, I can see the appeal in No Cross No Crown. It is an enjoyable enough album and fans will no doubt be happy to own it. But from my point of view, this is just another run of the mill heavy rock album that will be forgotten in no time at all.

Rating : 7 / 10

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Track Listing :

  1. Novus Deus
  2. The Luddite
  3. Cast the First Stone
  4. No Cross
  5. Wolf Named Crow
  6. Little Man
  7. Matre's Diem
  8. Forgive Me
  9. Nothing Left to Say
  10. Sacred Isolation
  11. Old Disaster
  12. E. L.M
  13. No Cross No Crown
  14. A Quest To Believe (A Call to the Void)