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Sunday, May 19, 2013

The 15 Greatest Christian Rock Bands: #12

12. Circle of Dust

While we’re on the subject of different Christian rock bands, we might as well honor another band who sounded nothing like most other Christian rock bands, Circle of Dust (COD). COD was a Christian industrial band in the 1990s who paved the way for a whole underground Christian genre. Before we proceed, I will say that for you Mortal fans, you can place Mortal in the same place if you like. I just never was much of a Mortal fan, but I do recognize that both bands basically created the Christian industrial genre. However, I am a huge Celldweller fan and what does Celldweller have to do with COD? Well, Klayton from Celldweller fronted the band as Scott Albert.

This choice can seem controversial for a couple of reasons. First, many would consider COD to be more on the metal side and should disqualify the band from appearing on my list. However, when it comes to industrial music, I have found that fans cannot agree on what the difference is between industrial rock and metal and thus I feel justified on including COD on a rock list. The second reason is that Scott Albert (Klayton), left the Christian music scene altogether due to criticism about lyrics not being religious enough (which I find totally bogus, check out Consequence after the jump) and other unwarranted criticisms surrounding Cornerstone festivals.

Sometimes it seems being ahead of your time can result in prejudice. Sadly, we will see this for a few more bands further ahead on the list and this is why I don’t think its improper at all to include COD as one of the greatest Christian rock bands of all time. It has always amazed me how a band like Skillet, who had an industrial sound in the late 1990s and early 2000s, could be so embraced by the Christian public; yet, COD just a few years earlier could be shunned so harshly.

Favorite songs: Consequence and Nothing Sacred