Corrosion of Conformity
Tavastia, Helsinki, Finland
August 14th, 2012
Articles and pics by Petri Da Costa
Now that the “festival season” here in Finland was coming to an end, bands started to come here for usual club gigs, and Corrosion of Conformity stopped by Helsinki to one of the best known clubs in all Finland.
C.O.C. had been on a short European tour, and this Helsinki gig was one of their last dates. Even though the gig was at the beginning of the week, plenty of people showed up in Tavastia to finally see them live. Opening for C.O.C. was Jess and the Ancient Ones, which was in some way is a good fit to be the opening band, but sometimes it felt that it wasn’t. Just like C.O.C., Jess and the Ancient Ones have that 70’s influence, but their 45 min set felt sometimes a lot longer than that. What was lacking was energy, something to leave the audience wanting for more, but I don’t think that happened.
After a quick change of equipment, C.O.C. got on stage casually and without much fuss started to play. Since the band had released a new album this year it was obvious that the set would include some of these new songs, and they played some of the best songs from “Corrosion of Conformity”: “Psychic Vampire”, “Your Tomorrow”, “The Doom”, “The Moneychangers” and “Rat City”. Not to disappoint their more old school fans, C.O.C. included in their set “Mad World”, “Holier”, “Technocracy” and others.
One great moment in their gig was when the band out of nowhere just started to jam Black Sabbath’s “Hand of Doom”, and let the crowd sing the song. They didn’t play the whole song, but that moment was in a way a definition of tonight’s gig: spontaneity. The band just seemed to be having fun on stage, just doing what they want, playing loud and letting their songs do all the talking.
Personally, I think they work and sound better as a trio (Reed Mullin, Woody Weatherman and Mike Dean), although Pepper Keenan played a big part in the band’s history, I don’t think there was anybody that was missing him. Tonight showed how good these legends are after 30 years of existence and just a 70 min set was more than enough to prove that.