“The Luddite” is a performance video which features some unique kaleidoscope visions. Black and white background effects morph to color as the video progresses.

The musical career of Corrosion of Conformity has been full of ups and downs. I originally got into them in the ‘80s during their ‘crossover’ phase. The record Animosity (1985) has always been one of my favorites. I’ll admit that I lost touch with the band until 1991’s Blind, a pinnacle achievement for the group and for heavy metal music as a whole because it blurred so many genre lines. It also kept metal relevant in the face of the impending ‘grunge movement’.

After this release, the band parted ways with vocalist Karl Agell and I lost track of them again until the album Wiseblood (1996). From hardcore / crossover thrash to a southern rock vibe covered in a doom laden sludge, I started to realize the greatness of this act. Corrosion of Conformity has been the chronical of metal. Constantly ahead of the game, they are pioneers who’ve become a sort of beacon for the extreme. If COC can do it that means it’s ok. Corrosion of Conformity’s tenth studio effort, No Cross No Crown, was released earlier this month via Nuclear Blast Records.

“The Luddite” is the second video to be released in support of this effort. The first “Wolf Named Crow” was released late last year. Before I tell you about this current video, let me tell you what a Luddite is. The Luddites were 19th century English textile workers who destroyed machinery, such as the cotton gin, as a form of protest. Basically they were opposed to the idea of mechanization, humans losing jobs to machines. This is a powerful concept enhanced by a dynamic riff. The musicality gives both the ideology and visuals an undeniable boost.

“The Luddite” is a performance video which features some unique kaleidoscope visions. Black and white background effects morph to color as the video progresses. Eventually the entire backdrop evolves into a combination of stars, skies and flames. My favorite part is when the kaleidoscope backdrop turns to fiery flames just before Woody’s (Woody Weatherman) insane guitar solo.

Corrosion of Conformity have proven once again why they are ahead of the curve. Check out the “The Luddite” and embrace this metallic rebellion! \m/

Corrosion of Conformity are :

  • Pepper Keenan – Vocals, Guitars
  • Mike Dean – Bass
  • Woodroe Weatherman – Guitars
  • Reed Mullin – Drums
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