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Formed: 1983
From: Raleigh, NC, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete Corrosion of Conformity news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Ministry Holds Mass At The Fillmore New Orleans

The Fillmore was brimming with excitement. Though Corrosion of Conformity and The Melvins are fairly regular acts in New Orleans, Ministry is not. The industrial outfit’s last visit to the Crescent City was back in 2015. Though the Melvins were not able to make the show, we found out as COC was playing, the show was no less thrilling.

Corrosion of Conformity, complete with guitarist and vocalist Pepper Keenan, had the amazing skill of making that big venue and wide stage feel really small. We were transported to an old, small, smokey bar somewhere in the backwoods of the deep south as they started into their set that began with “Bottom Feeder,” “Paranoid Opioid,” and “Shake Like You.” Woody Weatherman was deep into his guitar and seemed not to even notice anyone else was in the room with him. Mike Dean would get on the mic to help emphasize Pepper’s vocals, but he was also deep in the groove with Woody.

“You guys want to hear some heavy shit.” Asked Pepper to which the audience enthusiastically responded. They ran through their slow, groovy, whiskey-drenched hits “The Door,” “Vote With a Bullet,” and “Wiseblood.” “How many of you guys like to boogie woogie.” Pepper said before launching into COC’s very popular bangers “Born Again for the Last Time,” “Albatross,” and “Clean My Wounds.” Corrosion of Conformity was able to play all of these great songs because The Melvins were not in attendance.

Before Ministry came out, a foreboding chain-link fence was brought out to the stage. It would separate the band from their audience for most of their show. The lights dropped out, and the colors of the Ukrainian flag splashed across the stage. Ministry made it clear that they stand with the brave people of Ukraine during this current onslaught.

Ministry on stage

The band powered onto the stage, seeming like wild animals thrown into a cage. They viciously launched into “Breathe,” “The Missing,” and “Deity.” Al Jourgensen spent very little time behind his glowing green cross-laden podium and instead menaced the audience from behind the fence. He would grab onto it and shake it, nearly toppling it at times.

Al also spoke about the band’s history between songs and explained why he wanted to revisit some of their early records for this tour. To explain one aspect of Ministry’s creation, they performed “Supernaut,” a Black Sabbath cover as spacey visuals illuminated them and a sound bite talked about how youths are doing acid. Two more non-Ministry songs came after, this time from the band Pailhead that Al played with in the 1980s: “Don’t Stand In Line” and “Man Should Surrender.”

Al finally picked up a guitar of his own for “N.W.O.” as visuals of flags from many nations flooded the stage. You could feel the floor tremble when people saw their favorite flag and would jump with joy upon seeing it.

Cesar Soto and Monte Pittman’s guitars were tight and precise. Razor sharp. Roy Mayorga’s drums were prominent and clean among the churning guitars. The juxtaposition of this precision with COC’s bluesy, soulful sound was so interesting. This was a lineup where you used both sides of your brain to take it in.

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Desertfest UK Announces Lineup Changes

The organisers of the British edition of Desert Fest, which will celebrate it's tenth incarnation next month, have announced that a number of bands have been unable to make it to this year's festival, including Corrosion Of Conformity and The Obsessed. The good news however is that they have booked a number of replacements. A message from the organisers reads as follows:

"Due to circumstances well beyond our control, the following artists are no longer able to perform at DF London ’22: Corrosion of Conformity, The Obsessed/Wino, Khemmis, Somali Yacht Club, Mos Generator, URNE, Shuck.

"We know this news comes as a disappointment however, all is far from lost as we are thrilled to be welcoming 1000mods, Greenleaf, DVNE, Ritual King, Shooting Daggers, Old Horn Tooth & Personal Hell to the bill!

"We hope you understand that touring is still extremely difficult to navigate during these times, with a lot of decisions taken out of our hands. But your continued support of independent live music means everything to us. We cannot wait to see you in a little over a month!

"If you are still after a weekend ticket, the best thing to do is sign up to the DICE waiting list. Or you can nab yourself a Saturday + Sunday (Non-Roundhouse access) combo ticket here.

"More info regarding after-parties, merch + a very exciting reveal of what's going to be on offer down on Greenland Place is all to come.. stay tuned!" More...

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Ministry Reschedules North American Tour Dates

Out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of the band, fans and venue staff, Ministry’s upcoming tour – scheduled to kick off in October – has been moved to March and April 2022.

The Melvins and Corrosion of Conformity will now appear on all show dates as the tour’s special guests.

Each show date will celebrate 30 years of Ministry’s landmark album The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste as well as debut new songs from the forthcoming 15th studio album Moral Hygiene, out October 1 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Tickets are on sale now with the exception of the St Paul, Montclair and Huntington dates that will go on sale at 10 am local time on Friday, October 1.

Due to scheduling changes, some of the original show dates have regrettably been canceled as some venues are not available for this updated time period; as well, some new show dates have been added. All tickets will be transferred to the new dates. More show dates will be added to this tour and announced soon.

The full rundown of updated tour dates are as follows:
*Moved to larger venues due to popular demand More...

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DesertFest Announces Full 2022 Lineup

As the home for all the things truly heavy, leading independent UK festival Desertfest have announced their full line up for 2022, which will take place in Camden, London from Friday 29th April – Sunday 1st May.

Celebrating their tenth year, next year’s festival promises to be their biggest and most diverse yet. Covering six venues across the heart of Camden and now including a full line up at The Roundhouse on both Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May.

Founding owner of Desertfest Reece Tee comments, "Desertfest is 10 years old! I’m so proud that our independent festival has stood the test of time. What we have created is special, a decade of great bands, great friends and amazing memories. This year’s line up is a true reflection of how diverse Desertfest has become and with such a loyal audience, Desertfest can champion the underground for decades more to come."

Headlining the Friday will be Swedish heavy rock masters Witchcraft, with a UK exclusive performance and their first UK show in over a decade.

Saturday’s headliners are none other than Chicago’s Shellac, who in another UK exclusive will be bringing their experimental post-hardcore sound to the Roundhouse. Fronted by the iconic Steve Albini, Shellac are one of those bands we all need to experience live, at least once. Whilst closing the festival on Sunday will be UK doom legends Electric Wizard, whose heavy sound encompasses the spirit of Desertfest.

Other acts confirmed include the likes of Corrosion Of Conformity, Orange Goblin and Truckfighters who all played the festival in its debut year in 2012 and there are further UK exclusive performances from hardcore-punks Integrity and the Ukrainian psych space rock trio Somali Yacht Club. More...

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Corrosion Of Conformity Drummer Passes Away

Corrosion Of Conformity has announced that drummer Reed Mullin has died at the age of 53. No cause of death has been confirmed as of yet. A post on the band's official website featured a photo of the music with the simple caption, "You are loved Reed," while a longer post on Twitter reads:

"It’s with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to a friend, a brother and pioneer. Reed you are loved and always will be. Lets all take a moment..."

Mullin was a founding member of the band, staying behind the kit until 2001 when he left after a back injury. In 2010, Mullin took part in the "Animosity" lineup reunion and recorded a further three albums with the band; an eponymous full length in 2012, "IX" in 2014 and most recently, "No Cross No Crown" in 2018. More...

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Corrosion Of Conformity & Crowbar Tour Announced

Corrosion Of Conformity, Crowbar, Lo-Pan and Quaker City Night Hawks will be out together this summer for the ‘A Quest To Believe, A Call To The Void II Tour‘.

In related news: Lo-Pan have a new album entitled “Subtle” scheduled for a May 17th release through Aqualamb Records. An official music video for a new track from it called “Ten Days” has premiered and is streaming for you below:

‘A Quest To Believe, A Call To The Void II Tour‘ dates: More...

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C.O.C. Teams Up With Orange Goblin In Cardiff

We all look forward to seeing our favourite bands live in almost any setting. The most special though is when they're part of an impressive touring lineup. This Autumn, North Carolina's legendary Corrosion Of Conformity returned to the United Kingdom for a headlining tour, teaming up with British heavy metal flag bearers Orange Goblin, as well as fellow Americans Fireball Ministry and Yorkshire bred, Black Moth. At the penultimate show of the tour in Cardiff, I had the pleasure of witnessing this stellar combination for myself.

Opening the bill was Black Moth, the youngest band on the trek. While only having a short set, spanning a little over twenty minutes, this stoner metal outfit boast an impressive sound and presence, led by vocalist Harriet Hyde. Not being too familiar with the band, I'm not able to name any of the songs they performed, but Black Moth were good enough to warrant looking up at home afterwards. Better than that, they're a group that deserved to be checked out again when given a longer set. A great way to open the show. More...

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C.O.C. Announces Tour With Crowbar

Raleigh, North Carolina based metal veterans Corrosion Of Conformity has announced that they will embark on a headlining tour of North America this January, where they will be joined on all dates by Crowbar and Mothership, with Weedeater also on board from January 19th - February 13th and The Obsessed from February 16th - 27th. The tour is in support of the band's latest album, "No Cross No Crown," which was released at the beginning of the year through Nuclear Blast and marks their first album with vocalist/guitarist Pepper Keenan since 2005's, "In The Arms Of God." The band's guitarist Woody Weatherman recently sat down with Metal Underground to discuss the album and more, which you can see below.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Corrosion Of Conformity Announces Irish Shows

Raleigh, North Carolina based metal favourites Corrosion Of Conformity has announced two headlining shows in the Republic Of Ireland, in addition to a headlining show in the Northern Irish capital, Belfast. These do not appear to be part of their UK tour with Orange Goblin, Fireball Ministry and Black Moth.

The current Irish/UK tour scheduled for Corrosion Of Conformity now reads as follows:

October 22 Dublin - Tivoli
October 23 Limerick - Dolan's
October 24 Belfast - Limelight
October 26 Southampton, UK – Engine Rooms
October 27 Birmingham, UK – O2 Institute
October 28 Nottingham, UK – Rock City
October 30 Manchester, UK – Ritz
November 1 Glasgow, UK – O2 ABC
November 2 Sheffield, UK – Plug
November 3 Cardiff, UK – The Great Hall
November 4 London, UK – O2 Forum Kentish Town

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Corrosion Of Conformity UK Tour Announced

Corrosion Of Conformity announce that they will head back again overseas later this year for a UK run with Orange Goblin, Fireball Ministry and Black Moth.

Here’s what the band have booked at present:

06/09 Donington Park, UK – Download Festival
06/11 Colchester, UK – Colchester Arts Centre
06/12 Nijmegen, NET – FortaRock
06/13 Luxembourg, LUX – Den Atelier
06/14 Stuttgart, GER – Universum
06/16 Pratteln, SWI – Konzertfabrik Z7
06/17 Milan, ITA – Santeria Social Club
06/18 Roma, ITA – Orion (feat. Converge)
06/19 Innsbruck, AUT – Vaz Hafen (feat. Converge)
06/20 Grenoble, FRA – La Belle Electrique (feat. Converge)
06/22 Clisson, FRA – Hellfest
06/23 Kobenhavn, DEN – Copenhell
06/24 Dessel, BEL – Graspop

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Reed Mullin To Rejoin Corrosion Of Conformity

Drummer Reed Mullin will be rejoining Corrosion Of Conformity in July, having undergone knee replacement surgery this spring. States Mullin:

“Howdy y’all! I am super megabummd that I’m not gonna be able see you folks & do the upcoming slammin’ UK/European giggage and crushing festivals. Crestfallen even. I’m nearbowt healed up from my knee replacement surgery, but wanna be at 100% “Mule Power” when I return for the CoC onslaught.

HOWEVER.. My CoC brothers are still in mighty good hands with my fill-in John. He is a mf baadasss. Not-to-mention.. He’s Pretty! He’s the King of the World!! HE’s A BAAAAAAAAAAD MAN!!!!
He Needs a blonde wig though..

Anyways.. Do yourselves a favour & GO SEE the “rippers of flesh” … COC.
Much much love to all y’all.”

Corrosion Of Conformity’s July touring plans include this North American tour with Black label Society, Eyehategod and more: More...

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Black Label Society Announce Summer Tour

Black Label Society summer tour dates with Corrosion of Conformity and Eyehategod supporting.

Telekinetic Yeti will play select dates.

07/16 Peoria, IL – Monarch Music Hall (with Telekinetic Yeti/no Eyehategod)
07/17 Joliet, IL – The Forge (with Telekinetic Yeti/no Eyehategod)
07/18 Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live
07/20 Lincoln, NE – The Bourbon
07/21 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
07/22 Wichita, KS – The Cotillion
07/23 Sioux Falls, SD – The District
07/25 Ft. Wayne, IN – The Clyde Theatre
07/27 Syracuse, NY – SI Hall at The Fairgrounds
07/29 Hartford, CT – The Webster (with Telekinetic Yeti/no Eyehategod)
07/30 Wilmington, DE – The Queen
08/01 Knoxville, TN – The Mill & Mine
08/02 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte
08/03 Lynchburg, VA – Phase 2
08/05 Norfolk, VA – The NorVA
08/07 Toronto, ON – Rebel
08/08 Montreal, QC – Mtelus
08/09 Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater
08/10 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
08/11 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom

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Converge & CoC Announce Three European Dates

Converge and Corrosion Of Conformity will be performing a trio of European shows together in June. Converge vocalist Jacob Bannon says of those forthcoming dates:

“I always get stoked when we get to tour/play with bands that have made an impact on me. “Eye For An Eye” was one of my first hardcore records. Later in their career they released “Animosity” and “Blind”. Both of those albums were game changers for me. They’ve morphed and mutated into different sounds over the years, all of which have been awesome…”

06/18 Rome, ITA – Orion
06/19 Innsbruck, AUT – Hafen
06/20 Grenoble, FRA – La Bell Electrique More...

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Graspop Adds 26 More Bands

The organisers of Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting has announced a further 26 bands for this year's edition of the festival, including Swedish death metallers Arch Enemy, Korn frontman Jonathan Davis and costumed rockers, Ghost. Also newly confirmed are Septicflesh, Skindred, Corrosion Of Conformity, Accept, Skillet, Tremonti, Baroness, Shinedown, Hollywood Undead, Seether, Neurosis, Dead Cross, Eisbrecher, Pertubator, Wolves In The Throne Room, L7, Carach Angren, Dool, The Vintage Caravan, Diablo BLVD, Batushka, Mantar and Ego Kill Talent. The event's Facebook post claims that the lineup is now "more or less complete" with "a few finishing touches" to come. It will be held in the town of Dessel from June 21 - 24th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Black Stone Cherry
Bury Tomorrow
Follow The Cipher
Guns N Roses
Iced Earth
Jonathan Davis
The Pink Slips More...

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Corrosion Of Conformity Premieres New Music Video

American metal veterans Corrosion of Conformity has posted a new music video online the track, "The Luddite." You can check it out below. The song comes from the band's new studio album, "No Cross No Crown," which is released today through Nuclear Blast Records and is the group's first album with vocalist Pepper Keenan since 2005's, "In The Arms Of God." More...

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Corrosion of Conformity Issues New Blog Clip

Corrosion of Conformity issues the sixth clip in the No Cross No Crown videoblog series. In an in-depth roundtable discussion conducted by J. Bennett, the band talks about forthcoming fan reactions and album reviews.

Watch the latest segment below:

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Corrosion Of Conformity Premiere New Music Video

Corrosion Of Conformity debut their new music video for their track “Wolf Named Crow“. The song appears on the group's upcoming new album “No Cross No Crown“, which finds them reunited with vocalist/guitarist Pepper Keenan. Nuclear Blast will release it on January 12th.

The band’s bassist Mike Dean tells of the track: More...

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Corrosion Of Conformity Reveals New Album Details

American heavy metal veterans Corrosion Of Conformity has announced that they will be releasing a new studio album, "No Cross No Crown" on January 12th next year through Nuclear Blast Records. This will mark their first album with frontman Pepper Keenan since the 2005 release, "In the Arms of God" and will contain no less than fifteen tracks, the first of which, "Cast The First Stone" can be heard below and will be available as a free download when the album is pre-ordered.

The tracklisting for "No Cross No Crown" is as follows:

1. Novus Deus
2. The Luddite
3. Cast The First Stone
4. No Cross
5. Wolf Named Crow
6. Little Man
7. Matre's Diem
8. Forgive Me
9. Nothing Left To Say
10. Sacred Isolation
11. Old Disaster
12. E.L.M.
13. No Cross No Crown
14. A Quest To Believe (A Call To The Void)
15. Son And Daughter More...

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Corrosion Of Conformity Gearing Up For Tour

Corrosion Of Conformity will join Danzig on a short run of live dates next month. The week-long trek will commence on September 7th in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire and includes stops in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Montclair, New Jersey; Huntington, New York; Lewiston, Kentucky; Cleveland, Ohio and Detroit, Michigan.

As a precursor to that run with Danzig, Corrosion Of Conformotiy will play Psycho Las Vegas this weekend at the Hard Rock Hotel And Casino in Las Vegas alongside the likes of Mastodon, Swans, The Murder City Devils, Cult Of Luna with Julie Christmas, and many more.

The following week the band will make its way to the Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. See all confirmed dates below. In other news, CoC has been diligently working on the follow-up to 2014's "IX" offering. Helmed by longtime producer John Custer, the record will mark the band's studio reunion with vocalist/guitarist Pepper Keenan.

8/20/2017 Psycho Las Vegas @ Hard Rock Hotel And Casino - Las Vegas, NV
8/26/2017 Mohegan Sun Wolf Den - Uncasville, CT

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9/07/2017 Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom - Hampton Beach, NH
9/08/2017 Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA
9/09 /2017The Wellmont Theater - Montclair, NJ
9/11/2017 The Paramount - Huntington, NY
9/12/2017 Artpark Amphitheater - Lewiston, KY
9/14/2017 Agora Theatre - Cleveland, OH
9/15/2017 The Fillmore Detroit - Detroit, MI

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Blackest Of The Black 2017 Lineup Revealed

This year marks the first Blackest Of The Black destination festival. The brainchild of Glenn Danzig, the event not only serves as a music festival, but as a cultural experience.

Coming to Oak Canyon Park in Silverado, CA in Orange County on Memorial Day Weekend, Friday, May 26th and Saturday, May 27th, Blackest Of The Black will host two music stages curated by Danzig, with performances by Danzig, Ministry, Suicidal Tendencies, Atreyu, Vamps, and many more.

The festival will be hosted by Full Metal Jackie and will feature camping, along with a number of sinister attractions including Castle Danzig -- a fully immersive walkthrough experience of agony, ecstasy and more, all based on the music and graphic novels of Glenn Danzig. Information on tickets, VIP packages, camping and more can be found at this location.

Glenn Danzig comments: “I first started Blackest in the early 2000s and finally my full vision is being realized. Get ready for sensory overload, from films to comics to Castle Danzig. This is going to be the real Blackest Of The Black."

The music lineup for Blackest Of The Black is as follows:

Friday, May 26: Suicidal Tendencies, Corrosion of Conformity, Suicide Silence, Discharge, Belphegor, Butcher Babies, 3 Teeth, and more to be announced!

Saturday, May 27: Danzig, Ministry, Vamps, Atreyu, Venom Inc, DevilDriver, Fear Factory, Marduk, Combichrist, Ghoul, Ritual, and more to be announced! More...

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