Corrosion of Conformity
The 24th of March 2015
Nosturi, Helsinki, Finland
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…
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.
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…
King of the Rotten
Heaven’s Not Overflowing
Long Whip/Big America
Vote With a Bullet
Who’s Got the Fire
Clean My Wounds