Corrosion of Conformity (C.O.C.) recently embarked on a European tour with Pepper Keenan who has been away from the band for a long time. Metal-Rules.com sat down with the band’s bassist, Mike Dean, to talk about the reunion with Pepper, the different versions of C.O.C., and of course to reflect on the past of the band from their heyday and hardcore era.
REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY ARTO LEHTINEN AND MARKO SYRJALA
Corrosion Of Conformity known as C.O.C got activated a few years back as a three piece and released one album. However the outfit has outspoken admitted keeping the doors open for Pepper Keenan’s return to C.O.C. Due to the insane schedule of Down, the return had to be waited until now. C.O.C embarked on the European tour with Pepper on the ship. Originally C.O.C with Pepper Keenan on the fold was supposed to open for Motorhead back in 2006, but the devastating hurricane Katrine rampaged the life of the C.O.C guys. However it took some years until C.O.C got to Finland with Pepper as the last time they supported Metallica in the mid 90’s.
Despite the club wasn’t even sold out, which is truly pity, that didn’t prevent C.O.C from creating the groove full filled night with a plenty of killer tunes from the Keenan era. However the four piece turned out to be in a helluva good strike as well as shape. Another interesting aspect to be paid attention to was the audience being more middle aged than young hungry metal stoner rock fans. Quite shocking…
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The nearly 90 minute set proved the four piece hasn’t lost any inch what comes to the hybrid of heaviness and groove sounding stoner rock metal. C.O.C literally blasted the stoner groove full filled set. The whole set was based on the Pepper Keenan era as none of those songs from the first hard core influenced albums was played, nor from the latest self titled album. The audience had indeed entered to see Keenan in action and hear those tune from that era. His role and character as the front man for C.O.C is definitely highly appreciated amongst the fans. As for the set list in general, the set consisted of songs of the essential albums such as “Albatross”, “Seven Days” and “Vote With A Bullet”. The most eccentric thing C.O.C had agreed to play two songs from the IN THE ARMS OF GOD as the founding member and drummer of C.O.C Reed Mullin wasn’t involved on the album. The sounds were murderous heavy and were rolling over the audience. Pepper sounded great and literally had a dominating grip on the audience. Mike Dean and Woody Weatherman brought to lay the need pieces to the sounds of C.O.C and of course drummer Mullin beat the drums with the intensive groove touch.
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C.O.C delivered the heavy and above all great show with the great songs from the Pepper era. The four piece sounded strong and tight. Hopefully C.O.C will make to Finland sooner than another 17 years with Pepper as a frontman.
These Shrouded Temples… Señor Limpio King of the Rotten Heaven’s Not Overflowing Long Whip/Big America Wiseblood Seven Days Paranoid Opioid 13 Angels Albatross My Grain Stonebreaker Goodbye Windows
Broken Man Vote With a Bullet Who’s Got the Fire Clean My Wounds
Oh my. Now this is something. North Carolina metallers, and some time three-piece, Corrosion of Conformity (COC) reunited with frontman and guitarist Pepper Keenan for the first time in almost a decade. Scratch that; more like two for this line-up in the UK. Stuff dreams are made of? Perhaps a bit strong, but it’s been doing nicely for a couple of nights, culminating in this, the last date of the UK Deliverance tour. So deliver us.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: North Carolina’s KING HITTER will release their self-titled debut ep via Restricted Release/Plastic Head Music on March 24. Featuring vocalist Karl Agell (ex-Corrosion Of Conformity) and his Leadfoot band mate, guitarist Scott Little, the ep will be available for preorders via ITunes, Amazon, and other music outlets in North America beginning February 10. The label has started early cd preorders HERE and digital preorders HERE. The album will also be available on limited-edition 10 inch vinyl; order details to be announced shortly.
Taking their name from the 1975 song “Black-Eyed Bruiser” by Australian pop icon Stevie Wright, King Hitter properly introduces the Raleigh-based five-piece to the world. Under the guidance of producer James Lugo (Fuel/Matt Sorrum/311), King Hitter was recorded during the mid months of 2014 at Hemispheres Recording. Featuring five herculean songs that are comfortably familiar yet fresh and new, it showcases the band’s tempered chops. In a recent interview Agell shared, “I remain proud of the work I did with Corrosion of Conformity and Leadfoot. That satisfaction has always led me to wonder if I would ever feel the same achievement that I still have for the Blind album. I finally have my answer to that; let me introduce you and the rest of the world to the real King Hitter.”
Following their recent performance at the Fifth Annual Scion Fest in Memphis, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY has announced live assaults for August. In addition to their already planned participation at Gwar’s annual BBQ, the trio will perform a headlining show in Wilmington, Delaware before heading to South America for a string of dates. The August shows mark a break from continued work in the recording studio on the band’s new album, expected for release in early 2014.
“We need a little escape from the studio,” comments vocalist/bassist Mike Dean. “We thought it would be good to see the light of the day a little bit. We are excited to play Brazil, Peru, Columbia, and Argentina for the first time ever. Of course returning to Mexico City and playing Gwar’s BBQ will be highlights for our summer as well. The new material is sounding really good but it’s time to get the perspective provided only by playing in front of a live audience. And we are talking about some very live audiences in this case.” Read the rest of this entry »
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY will perform at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe, Arizona tomorrow night as part of their trek with Danzig which began on April 17. The short tour allows the trio a momentary break from work on the follow-up to 2012’s self-titled album. The dates with Danzig follow the band’s recent festival appearance in Santiago, Chile; the band playing The Metal Fest alongside Down, Twisted Sister, Devin Townsend Project and others.
Vocalist/bassist Mike Dean comments, “We took time out from writing and recording to play Chile for the first time. We had a blast hanging out with Down. Of course Pepper [Keenan] played a couple of songs with us and I got to listen to Jimmy Bower and Pat Bruders sing Eagles songs for the entire flight back to the states. We picked up some rented gear in Los Angeles and drove through the desert to start the Danzig tour in Las Vegas. Things have been rolling since then and it has been really good travels. Denver and Albuquerque were particularly awesome. Austin was great too.”
Candlelight Records today confirms November 6 as the North American release date of CORROSION OF CONFORMITY’s Eye For An Eye. This special reissue has been remastered/packaged and includes the EP Six Songs With Mike Singing. Both titles have been out of print for years. It follows the successful release of the band’s self-titled album earlier this year. A deluxe digibook edition of the album, limited to 1000 for North America, will be available at limited retailers and via Candlelight’s official webstore. The digibook version includes extended liner notes and a rare pictorial gallery.
Twenty-six songs showcase the early sonic years of the North Carolina-based band. Far more punk than their later recordings, the album found an immediate fanbase. Amazon customers over the years have called the album an “undisputed classic,” while noting it is “for the true skaters of the mid-to-late-‘80s,” and “brings me back to a good time of hardcore/punk.” Guitarist Woody Weatherman comments, “We were just kids when we wrote and recorded these tunes.” Vocalist/bassist Mike Dean notes, “Making that album was our dream and we worked hard to make it happen because it was the vehicle to allow us to go out and play two hundred shows a year, like the bands we looked up to – Black Flag, Bad Brains, D.O.A.”
Originally released in 1984, Eye for An Eye featured the original lineup of Weatherman, Dean, drummer Reed Mullin, and vocalist Eric Eycke. Reissued to incorporate the 1989 EP by Mike Dean (who left the band between 1987-1992), Eye for An Eye is raw in sound but focused on message. The years that followed would see the band rise to worldwide popularity with breakthrough and Billboard-charting releases Blind and Deliverance.
Formed in Raleigh in 1982, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY quickly transformed heavy music. Politically charged and socially aware, the band has influenced countless others and today remains humble about their accomplishments. With over 1.1 million albums sold in the United States, the band continues to find new fans via nonstop touring.
“We had a lot of fun doing it and it’s great to have this album officially back out there again,” says Weatherman. “I had basically written this off as being our sloppy beginner’s effort but listening to it now, I really hear a few songs that hold up well,” adds Dean.
Every good old barge is corroded. But they are better, they are the BARGE TO HELL, The World’s Most Extreme Metal Cruise and they have CORROSION OF CONFORMITY!
BARGE TO HELL, the cruise where everyone has a backstage pass and you can mingle side-by-side with the Artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison.
The madness begins on December 3rd, when 40 of the most extreme Metal Bands and 2,000 headbangers from around the world will go to the Caribbean to take over a luxury cruise ship for a 5 day and 4 night trip to the undead! See each of the 40 bands play two live shows on two different days. That’s 80 shows with unrestricted festival access to the three stages, each with it’s own unique atmosphere:
– The luxurious “A Chorus Line” theater where they spare no expense to have the benches removed on the floor. Because at a Metal show, who actually wants assigned seating in front of the stage?
– The cozy “Spectrum” that gives you the real club feeling.
– And their jewel: The open air stage on the pool deck. The biggest festival stage to sail the Oceans.
You can also get all your memorabilia signed at the Meet & Greet sessions. Be part of their infamous Metal Karaoke and many other special activities with the Artists. And last, but not least: Don’t forget that they have bars on board that never close! What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done.
BARGE TO HELL: The World’s Most Extreme Metal Cruise!
Some cabin categories are already sold out so don’t delay! Book now at http://www.bargetohell.com/ before it is too late! Of the 40 bands on board, 26 have been announced:
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BARGE TO HELL will sail Monday, December 3, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and will not return you to the real world for five days until Friday, December 7, 2012.
Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$289 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and even 24 hour room service!
What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out http://www.bargetohell.com/ for more information.
North Carolina crossover luminaries CORROSION OF CONFORMITY are pleased to announce their addition to this year’s Hopscotch Music Fest. The three-day event is set to take place on September 6 – 8, 2012 on their home turf of Raleigh. The band will play alongside a throng of artists from all genres including Sunn O))), The Roots, Baroness, Yo La Tengo, The Jesus And Mary Chain and many more.
Comments guitarist Woody Weatherman:”I always enjoy playing these festivals with such a diverse collection of bands; it’s awesome this time it is in our hometown.”
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY will return to the road this June on a previously announced stretch of West Coast and Canadian headlining dates. Sponsored by Thrasher Magazine, the tour will commence on June 1 in Charlotte, North Carolina and include a spot on the Ink-N-Iron Festival in Long Beach, California with Suicidal Tendencies, TSOL, Pennywise and more. Support will come from Torche, Black Cobra and Gaza. Tickets are on sale now through all major ticket outlets.
06/02/12 Masquerade – Atlanta GA [tickets]
6/03/2012 Exit/In – Nashville, TN [tickets]
6/05/2012 Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK [tickets]
6/07/2012 Club 910 – Tempe, AZ [tickets]
6/08/2012 Ink-N-Iron Festival @ The Queen Mary – Long Beach, CA w/ Suicidal Tendencies, TSOL, Torche, Pennywise, more [tickets]
6/09/2012 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA [tickets]
6/11/2012 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA [tickets]
6/12/2012 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR [tickets]
6/13/2012 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC [tickets]
6/15/2012 Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT [tickets]
6/16/2012 Summit – Denver, CO [tickets]
6/18/2012 Firebird – St. Louis, MO [tickets]
6/19/2012 The Ballroom @ The Taft Theatre – Cincinnati, OH [tickets]
6/20/2012 Machine Shop – Flint, MI [tickets]
6/21/2012 The Opera House – Toronto, ON [tickets]
6/22/2012 Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC [tickets]
6/23/2012 Middle East – Boston, MA [tickets]
9/6 – 8/2012 Hopscotch Music Fest – Raleigh, NC
In related news, the band recently released a video for “Psychic Vampire.” Presented exclusively by Scion AV, the production was directed by Charles Cardello of Bifocal Media and is viewable at THIS LOCATION.
Founded by three teenagers in 1982, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY began as an underground band and went on to transform heavy music, challenging boundaries and serving as what Decibel Magazine called “a crucial stylistic lynchpin in the bridge between metal and punk” that “irrevocably reshaped crossover’s sonic possibilities.” Thirty years and many changes later, COC’s original trio is back with a self-titled release for London-based independent Candlelight Records. Released Stateside this past March Corrosion Of Conformity was recorded at Dave Grohl’s Studio 606 in Los Angeles, produced by the band in cooperation with long-time collaborator John Custer and mixed by John Lousteau (Foo Fighters). The 11-track offering features the esteemed Animosity lineup of vocalist/bassist Mike Dean, guitarist Woody Weatherman, and drummer/vocalist Reed Mullin and closes a six year recording gap for the band. Hailed among fans and critics alike, Decibel Magazine championed the band’s efforts noting: “While mastery isn’t unusual in metal, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY is fully baked enough to make us wish another 29 years on these fuckers,”while Stereokiller, in a 4/5 rating, noted: “The crew of Mike Dean, Woody Weatherman and Reed Mullin reconvene as a sturdy marriage of St. Vitus, Black Sabbath and Motörhead retrofitting the tried-and-true rock wisdom they’ve always applied to their sound.” Independent Weekly opined:“…as CORROSION OF CONFORMITY draws from the past, it refuses to replicate it here. These tracks are too mid-paced and riff-dominated to be punk, too gruff and volatile for the bluesy hard-rock of the band’s latter days. And yes, there’s no Keenan, giving Dean’s higher register the chance to replace the departed vocalist’s smooth confidence with welcome tension—more Ozzy than Dio, in other words,” while Pitchfork echoed the sentiment: “Corrosion Of Conformity is what you want out of a comeback record: not just reclamation of lost vigor but a meaningful update on a vintage sound. If Animosity seemed like an ugly duckling back in the mid 1980s — too punk for the metal crowd and vice versa– Corrosion Of Conformity registers similarly today. In an era when doom metal keeps growing bleaker and artier, and hardcore skews ever more dire, the album serves as a reminder that swagger, soul, and songcraft still have a place in the heavy-rock underground. CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, indeed.”
“The Moneychangers” Video To Premiere On Headbangers Ball; U.S. Tour To Commence This Thursday
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY’s self-titled new studio offering is out NOW. Released via Candlelight Records, Corrosion Of Conformity was recorded at Dave Grohl’s Studio 606 in Los Angeles, produced by the band in cooperation with long-time collaborator John Custer, mixed by John Lousteau (Foo Fighters) and features artwork by Seldon Hunt (Melvins, High On Fire). Featuring the esteemed Animosity lineup of vocalist/bassist Mike Dean, guitarist Woody Weatherman, and drummer/vocalist Reed Mullin, the album’s release closes a six year recording gap and completes over a year of concentrated writing and recording for the band.
Said Pitchfork in their review of the record: “CORROSION OF CONFORMITY is what you want out of a comeback record: not just reclamation of lost vigor but a meaningful update on a vintage sound. If Animosity seemed like an ugly duckling back in the mid 1980s — too punk for the metal crowd and vice versa– Corrosion Of Conformity registers similarly today. In an era when doom metal keeps growing bleaker and artier, and hardcore skews ever more dire, the album serves as a reminder that swagger, soul, and songcraft still have a place in the heavy-rock underground. CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, indeed.”
In conjunction with the record’s release, the Raleigh, North Carolina legends will embark on a full U.S. headlining tour beginning this Thursday at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City. The trek will hit 16 cities including two performances at this year’s SXSW Music Conference in Austin. The band will be joined by Torche, Valient Thorr and A Storm Of Light unless otherwise noted.
And the fun doesn’t end there! Coinciding with the tour kick off, a video for “The Moneychangers” will make its worldwide premiere via Headbangers Ball on Thursday, March 1. The video was filmed in Raleigh by Charles Cardello and features the band in a storyline that brings the song’s lyrics out visually (even Jesus makes an appearance). To check out video stills from the shoot, point your browser
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY w/ Torche, Valient Thorr, A Storm Of Light
3/01/2012 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY [TICKETS]
3/02/2012 Sonar – Baltimore, MD [TICKETS]
3/03/2012 Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, NC [TICKETS]
3/05/2012 Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH [TICKETS]
3/06/2012 Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI [TICKETS]
3/07/2012 Double Door – Chicago, IL [TICKETS]
3/08/2012 Triple Rock – Minneapolis, MN [TICKETS]
3/09/2012 Beaumont Club – Kansas City, MO [TICKETS]
3/10/2012 Downtown Music Hall – Little Rock, AR [TICKETS]
3/11/2012 Hi-Tone Café – Memphis, TN [TICKETS]
3/12/2012 Trees – Dallas, TX [TICKETS]
3/14/2012 SXSW – Austin, TX ! #
3/15/2012 SXSW – Austin, TX ! #
3/16/2012 The Big Spill @ Korova – San Antonio, TX # w/ Saviours, Zoroaster, more [TICKETS]
3/17/2012 One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA ! # w/ Zoroaster [TICKETS]
3/18/2012 Zydeco – Birmingham, AL ! # w/ Zoroaster [TICKETS]
! = No Torche
# = No Valient Thorr
To order Corrosion Of Conformity (and to nab the limited edition autographed bundle), point your browser HERE or HERE.
Following a short batch of dates with Clutch in December, Raleigh, North Carolina legends CORROSION OF CONFORMITY are pleased to announce a U.S. headlining tour this March. Set to commence on March 1 at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City, the trek will hit 15 cities including two performances at this year’s SXSW Music Conference in Austin. The band will be joined by Torche, Valient Thorr and A Storm Of Light.
Commented vocalist/bassist Mike Dean of the upcoming shows: “We think the lineup of music on this tour is really compatible without every band doing the same thing. We’re really proud to be on this bill and touring on a new album.”
As a precursor to the tour, the band will play one-off show with Hail!Hornet at the Orange Peel in Asheville, North Carolina on January 22. The special performance will coincide with a screening of Slow Southern Steel,the long-anticipated southern metal documentary produced by Rwake vocalist, CT.
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1/22/2012 The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY w/ Torche, Valient Thorr, A Storm Of Light
03/01/2012 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
03/02/2012 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
03/03/2012 Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, NC
03/05/2012 Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH
03/06/2012 Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI
03/07/2012 Double Door – Chicago, IL
03/08/2012 Triple Rock – Minneapolis, MN
03/09/2012 Beaumont Club – Kansas City, MO
03/10/2012 Downtown Music Hall – Little Rock, AR
03/11/2012 Hi-Tone Café – Memphis, TN
03/12/2012 Trees – Dallas, TX
03/14/2012 SXSW – Austin, TX ! #
03/15/2012 SXSW – Austin, TX ! #
03/17/2012 One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA #
03/18/2012 Zydeco – Birmingham, AL #
! = No Torche
# = No Valient Thorr
The U.S. run of dates will coincide with CORROSION OF CONFORMITY‘s self-titled full-length, set for North American release on February 28, 2012 via Candlelight Records. Recorded at Dave Grohl’s Studio 606 in Los Angeles, the 11-track offering was produced by the band in cooperation with long-time collaborator John Custer, mixed by John Lousteau (Foo Fighters) and sports artwork by Seldon Hunt (Melvins, High On Fire). Featuring the esteemed Animosity line-up of vocalist/bassist Mike Dean, guitarist Woody Weatherman, and drummer/vocalist Reed Mullin, the album’s release closes a six year recording gap and completes over a year of concentrated writing and recording for the band.
Once again it is April and time to return to the Roadburn festival in Tillburg, Holland. The line-up for 2011 looked absolutely awesome in every aspect. A few of the bands who were forced to cancel their appearance last year had been re-booked (i.e. Candlemass and Evoken). Roadburn offered a nice deal of Finnish bands as well such as Hooded Menace. It was the sonic masters Sunn O))) who had been chosen to guide and be a curator of the Roadburn 2011. The members of Sunn O))) which have plenty of other bands picked up bands fitting to their taste and the concept of the Roadburn festival. Roadburn could be bigger and larger, but due to the cult status and the will of the organization of the fest, it will remain as intimate as it has been since the beginning. Metal-Rules.com got an excellent privilege of visiting the Roadburn festival for the second time in a row to see plenty of killer bands, smell the taste of weed with awesome people, and be a part of an awesome festival atmosphere.
FORTHCOMING RELEASE THE FIRST FROM THE ANIMOSITY-ERA LINE-UP IN TWENTY PLUS YEARS
Apr. 27, Raleigh, N.C. — Corrosion of Conformity, the legendary North Carolina trio who reunited last summer for a dozen dates and a seven-inch single, have confirmed a full summer tour kicking off May 26 in Carrboro, N.C. at Cat’s Cradle with the illustrious hardcore band Scream as support.
The band’s upcoming schedule also includes an extensive European run with stops at a number of the continent’s major summer festivals including Hellfest, Getaway and Graspop. Returning to the States in mid-July, COC joins Clutch for a handful of dates.
Corrosion of Conformity is wrapping up work on a new album, the first new release featuring the Animosity-era line-up of Woodroe Weatherman, Reed Mullin and Mike Dean since the mid-’80s. Further details to be announced shortly.
DOWN guitarist Pepper Keenan spoke with Elliot Levin from Examiner.com recently about a number of topics. A few excerpts from the chat follow:
Examiner: When does North America get to see Down play live again?
Pepper: “That’s a good question. Right now we’re working on new material, so we’re trying to keep up more of a brisk pace, once we get some new shit out. We’re moving backwards towards the NOLA sound, go-for-the-throat kind of shit. We’re not putting too much time into the production of it, like the last two records we did. Which I enjoyed doing, but now it’s time to go backwards a little bit, have some fun. So maybe this summer.”
Examiner: I recall reading recently that you’re thinking of releasing say a four song EP, and then hitting the road.
Pepper: “Well it’s more than a four song EP, but we’re talking about finally getting this thing together, I don’t wanna go into any detail yet, but it’s going to be pretty massive. The first EP will be the first section of a whole big deal we’re working on. It’s gonna be fucking nuts.”
Examiner: The original line up of CORROSION OF CONFORMITY is out on tour right now, what’s your take on that?
Pepper: “I think it’s a bunch of shit.”
Examiner: You’re not happy about it?
Pepper: “No, no, no. I mean, we want to do something again, it’s just I was so busy with Down and those guys had an opportunity as a three piece which is cool because some of the Animosity stuff people were asking about, and now with (drummer Reed) Mullin back in the band we’re gonna try to get back together and get the four piece going (with Woody Weatherman on lead guitar and Mike Dean on bass), Deliverance, with that same lineup.”
Examiner: So you’re going to let them ride out this tour and then everything’s back to normal?
Pepper: “Yeah, that’s what we’re talking about. They’re gonna do a recording of some of the songs they wrote, which is cool, hell I’ve been doing Down shit. So hopefully we’ll get that shit wrapped up and get back out there, we don’t have a record deal or nothing, but we got a shitload of interest that want to see CoC out there, it’s just kind of a matter of getting all our ducks in a row.”