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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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Saviours To Support Corrosion Of Conformity

California's Saviours will embark upon a North American fall tour supporting Corrosion Of Conformity and Brant Bjork And The Low Desert Punk Band.

The trek will commence on November 16 and run through December 10 with additional support provided by Mothership. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 18 at all local ticket outlets.

Saviour's new album "Palace Of Vision" is set to detonate via Listenable Records next month and the first single "Burning Shrine" is still available for streaming at this location. Catch the band live on these dates: More...

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Teenage Time Killers Live Footage Posted

Supergroup Teenage Time Killers - featuring musicians of Slipknot/Stone Sour, Lamb Of God, Clutch, Prong, Municipal Waste etc.- took to the stage September 12th for the band's first-ever live performance. The concert was held at "The Fonda Theatre", in Hollywood, CA.

Check out fan-filmed live footage of the Misfits cover "Where Eagles Dare" below, featuring Corey Taylor, Randy Blythe, Peter Stahl, Tommy Victor, Lee Ving:

Artists originally booked for the performance included: More...

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Heavy Metal Video Games: The Retro Edition

A month back we idly asked why more video game developers aren't using heavy metal soundtracks, since gunning down enemies, conquering rival armies, and slicing apart demonic hordes seem like they should all be tailor fit to shredding guitars and harsh vocals.

We've been bombarded with suggestions from readers since then about games with solid metal or metal inspired soundtracks, and we'll be sharing those every few weeks – but don't stop letting us know about your favorites! Be sure to give us some suggestions below or over at Facebook.

The heavy metal gaming madness continues today, and this week we're going entirely retro, ranging from Super NES and Genesis to the PS1/N64/Dreamcast era, but advancing no further into the ever-increasing hardware specs of consoles.

If you missed our previous examinations of video games with heavy metal soundtracks be sure to check 'em out here:

Part 1: Brutal Legend, Saints Row III, Killing Floor 2, Pain Killer, and Guilty Gear X2 Reload

Part 2: Splatterhouse, Twisted Metal 2, The Witcher's bonus music disc, and Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost And The Damned.

Without further ado, here's our tribute to all things metal in retro gaming history:

Rock and Roll Racing

This forgotten gem originally came out on SNES and Genesis, but was then later ported to the Game Boy Advance in 2003. For you folks who use emulators like ZSNES, this one is readily available on any given ROM site.

Featuring compressed, digitized versions (minus the vocals) of hard rock and metal songs in that distinctive Super NES quality, the soundtrack included songs like “Paranoid” by Black Sabbath and “Bad To The Bone” by George Thorogood. Like the classic Zombies Ate My Neighbors, in true old school style Rock And Roll Racing spat out a passcode to remember for returning to specific levels with all your car upgrades saved.

I have to wonder if some of the themes and imagery from these cars and tracks ended up as inspiration for the pinnacle of heavy metal video games – Brutal Legend – which featured its share of vehicle mayhem with heavy metal backing. A sequel to Rock And Roll Racing actually showed up for the Playstation a few years later titled Red Asphalt (named after those driver's ed videos meant to scare kids straight) with much updated sound quality. Seems like we're overdue for another one though – so game developers, get on it!


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King Diamond Added to Housecore Horror Film Fest

This November, Philip H. Anselmo's Housecore Horror Fest will celebrate its third year of audio and visual bedlam. Set to commence in San Antonio, Texas at the Aztec Theater (201 E Commerce St.) on November 13th -15th, 2015, the horror-themed film and metal gala promises to be louder, gorier and more bludgeoning than ever before boasting two film-screening rooms, multiple vendors, special artist signings throughout the weekend and what's morphing into one of the most debilitating lineups of the year!

Already stacked with a crushing bill that includes Agoraphobic Nosebleed performing their second show ever, Corrosion Of Conformity featuring Pepper Keenan, Claudio Simonetti's Goblin doing a live score of George Romero's Dawn Of The Dead, Superjoint, Eyehategod, Nails, Crowbar, Dropdead, Autopsy, Poison Idea, and so many others, the gatekeepers of Housecore Horror Fest today welcome the additions of thrash metal icons, Exodus, veteran death metal legion, Incantation, apocalyptic hardcore punk unit, Gasmiasma, atmospheric drone doom duo, Muscle And Marrow and theatrical heavy metal legend King Diamond whose performance will feature 1987 quintessential second full-length, Abigail, in its harrowing entirety! As an added bonus, Gwar's fabled Sleazy P. Martini will also be attending the annual gathering as a special guest!

And the awesome won't stop there. The fest has expanded the range of its grotesqueries, with a second stage located just steps away from the Aztec Theater. The Korova, at 107 E. Martin St. in San Antonio, will play host to even MORE bands throughout the weekend. Stay tuned for additional band announcements for The Korova in the coming weeks.

Comments Anselmo: "I am beyond excited to announce that the mighty King Diamond will be attacking the house on Friday the 13th at the Housecore Horror Festival. All hail the King."

Adds Maryland Deathfest co-founder Ryan Taylor, who's shaping this year's HHF lineup alongside Anselmo: "It's been a lot of fun piecing together this lineup with Philip. It's gonna be a wild one, so get your tickets while you still can!" More...

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Goblin To Perform Dawn of the Dead at HHFF

Italian prog-rock legends Goblin are set to perform the entire score to "Dawn of the Dead" at Housecore Horror Film Festival. In 2013, during the festival's inaugural run, Goblin performed the score to Dario Argento's "Suspiria." The festival will be held at the Aztec Theater in San Antonio, Texas on November 13-15. More...

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Round Three of Housecore Horror Film Fest Bands

Poison Idea, Ghoul, Dropdead and Zombi have been added to the roster of this year's bands at Housecore Horror Film Festival. These groups will join Suffocation, Corrosion of Conformity, Autopsy, Crowbar, Eyehategod, Agoraphobic Nosebleed and more bands. More...

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Housecore Horror Film Fest Announces More Bands

Housecore Horror Film Festival has announced another wave of bands. Corrosion of Conformity will be appearing with Pepper Kennan as their front man. Crowbar will make its second appearance at the festival. Agoraphobic Nosebleed will make its second ever live appearance. Also, on the bill are hardcore veterans Negative Approach and Gristnam (formerly known as haarp). More...

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Texas Independence Fest Day 3: Cavalera Conspiracy

Day three of Texas Independence was the day I looked forward to the most. The headliners included Corrosion of Conformity-Blind, Death Angel and Cavalera Conspiracy.

This day was by far the most stacked for talent. Bands as well known as Allegaeon played early in the day. I didn’t make it to the club until 2:30. The Agonist was the first band I caught. I wasn’t able to see the band with Alissa White-Gluz before she left for Arch Enemy, so it’s difficult to compare her to her replacement Vicky Psarakis. Psarakis’s vocals seemed fine, but she appeared to have lost the monitor. Her band mates were in fine form, though.


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The 70,000 Ton Hangover

Can 21st-century metalheads ever be truly happy if they’re not bitching about something on the web?

The pointless arguments over bands’ music, which mostly boil down to matters of taste, are exhausting enough. And there’s a simple solution to dissatisfaction with a particular tour package: stay home and masturbate.

But complaining about festival lineups? Really?

I have some news for you, sport: the only Perfect Metal Festival Lineup, which exists only in an individual’s imagination, attracts an audience of one. Your Perfect Lineup is different from mine.

There needs to be a common denominator, a compromise. I don’t know about you, but when I’m not basking in my serene, elite metal knowledge via trve and righteous, smarmy and self-congratulatory screeds on Facebook, I actually enjoy watching a live show in the company of others. And in reaching the compromise to make that social event possible, everyone’s Perfect Lineup inevitably becomes less than perfect. Such is the transition from fantasy to reality.

In the process, like small children finally realizing that vegetables aren’t going to kill them, we learn that the reality is almost always better than the fantasy (discounting the fact that the latter doesn’t exist). MTV’s Butt-Head once mused on this very issue: “If nothing sucked, and everything was, like, cool all the time… how would you KNOW it was cool?”

At a several-day festival with dozens of bands on multiple stages, we NEED at least a handful of acts we know we can ignore. Otherwise, think of the immense pressure to be constantly on our feet, rushing back and forth, watching every equally important band with rapt attention. Even if possible, it would be simply overwhelming. We’d pass out from exhaustion and forget to enjoy ourselves. Plus, the truly special acts wouldn’t seem as special.

Last summer at Tuska Open Air in Helsinki, rather than bitch about the injustice of Bring Me The Horizon directly preceding Anthrax, I was grateful for the chance to relax and have a beer before catching a show by one of the Big Four. More...

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Corrosion Of Conformity Discusses Vinyl Re-Issues

On January 27th, Prosthetic Records will reissue two definitive releases from Corrosion Of Conformity on vinyl. Both 1991's mainstream debut “Blind” and its groundbreaking follow-up “Deliverance” (featuring Pepper Keenan exclusively on vocals) have been repressed on 180-gram gatefold vinyl, limited to 1,000 copies each.

Pre-order packages are available exclusively via the Prosthetic webshop. Select variants of “Blind” and “Deliverance” will also be available at local independent record shops throughout North America starting next week, so contact your store directly for more information. For further details on the reissues, check out the below video featuring C.O.C. drummer Reed Mullin and lead guitarist Woody Weatherman. More...

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Corrosion Of Conformity To Play Full "Blind" Album

Vocalist Karl Agell, who sang on Corrosion Of Conformity's 1991 seminal "Blind" full-length, and founding drummer Reed Mullin will perform the LP in its entirety on Sunday, November 9th at the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The concert is a benefit show for Katherine Ludwig, former editor of long-running heavy metal magazine, Metal Maniacs, who is currently battling non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Footage of the band rehearsing for the upcoming performance can be viewed below.

Comments Mullin, "I only heard about Katherine's medical problems a month ago, and the minute after, I was on the phone with Karl Agell to see if he'd be into doing a benefit for her. I'm not sure folks today know just how instrumental she was in introducing and exposing your typical 'metal maniac' of the early '90s to so many bad ass bands. A lot of which, like COC, had never been given an audience like that before.

"We had been in fanzines with circulations of maybe a couple hundred, but Metal Maniacs was thousands and thousands! A great advocate for little known underground metal, as well as hardcore/punk bands, she promoted the Blind album to the point where by the end of the year it was on virtually everyone's top ten metal albums of 1991. I can't overstate how important she was to COC's success. Without her, Blind wouldn't have sold what it did. And after that, I don't think it's a stretch to say there probably would never have been a Deliverance album. Katherine Ludwig is wonderful person and I hope we can give back a little for all the goodness she gave us."

A Facebook page has been launched by Alicia Morgan, who worked as Ludwig's assistant and was editor for several issues of the magazine. Writes Morgan: More...

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Corrosion Of Conformity Posts "On Your Way" Video

North Carolina crossover outfit Corrosion Of Conformity is pleased to unveil the band's latest music video for "On Your Way" (courtesy of Revolvermag.com), which is the sixth cut from the recently released "IX" full-length.

In related Corrosion Of Conformity happenings, the band will take to the streets again this Fall on a North American excursion supporting GWAR.

Set to inaugurate on November 15th in Spokane, Washington, the massive trek will stomp its way through over two dozen cities, coming to a close on December 13th in Baltimore, Maryland.

Additional support will be provided by American Sharks. See confirmed dates below.


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Corrosion Of Conformity Re-Issuing Two Albums

Two seminal albums by metal pioneers Corrosion of Conformity (C.O.C.) — the 1991 landmark "Blind" and the 1994 follow-up "Deliverance" – will be reissued on vinyl by Prosthetic Records this Fall.

While an exact release date has not yet been confirmed, both titles — limited to 1,000 copies each — are currently available for pre-order in the Prosthetic webshop. Prosthetic Records also comments:

"Freshly inducted into Decibel Magazine’s Hall of Fame, 'Blind' — originally released on Relativity Records — signified an important transition for C.O.C., as the group began to move away from their crossover past toward a more streamlined, metallic thrash sound. Hailed by All Music Guide as 'one of the most important heavy rock albums of the decade,' the album saw the addition of guitarist Pepper Keenan and yielded two notable singles: 'Dance of the Dead' and 'Vote With A Bullet.'

"Previously unreleased on vinyl in North America, 'Blind' will be reissued as a gatefold double-LP available in three different 180-gram colors: purple (approx. 700 copies), black (approx. 200 copies) and clear (approx. 100 colors). A color lyric insert and liner notes by music journalist Chris Dick will also be included, as will three bonus tracks from the 1995 Columbia Records re-release of the album." More...

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GWAR Announces Tour With Decapitated

Oderus is missing. Once the Scumdogs in GWAR finally notice this (it takes them a while to notice stuff) they will set off on a journey to find their departed brother using every resource available - including recruiting an ancient Scumdog warrior.

GWAR will need the help from everyone, even the lowliest Bohab, as the band's enemies are plotting to take advantage of the hole in GWAR's ranks.

BalSac The Jaws of Death radioed in this statement on The "GWAR Eternal Tour 2014" and what to expect:

"Dark clouds of war and ill omen have gathered around GWAR. In our hour of greatest peril, Oderus has left us and our enemies stand poised, ready to strike while they sense weakness. But we shall no longer cower in our Antarctic stronghold, awaiting Destiny's final blow. This Fall GWAR sets out on the most trying quest of our career. We shall scour our leader's favorite stomping ground, North America, leaving no city unsearched, no venue unraised, and no sheep unmolested. GWAR will venture to the depths of Hell or to the very end of Time itself, and though I fear what we may encounter out there, I know that we can never return home until we have the answer we seek: 'Where is Oderus Urungus?'"

GWAR fans have been mourning the loss of Dave Brockie, GWAR's founder and lead singer, since March. The "GWAR Eternal Tour 2014" gives them an opportunity to gather and share a bunch of feels as a community while experiencing the sickest band in this or any other world. More...

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Corrosion Of Conformity Kicking Off New Live Trek

Following a recent stomp through New Zealand and Australia, North Carolina crossover act Corrosion Of Conformity is readying to kick off a short run of West Coast live assaults.

The near two-week trek will commence tomorrow in Spokane, and come to a close in Vancouver on September 1st. The band will be joined by Bl'ast!, Brant Bjork & The Low Desert Punk Band, and Lord Dying.

Corrosion Of Conformity will be touring in support of the fittingly titled "IX" full-length released last month via Candlelight Records (reviewed here). See the band live on these dates:

8/19/2014The Hop - Spokane, WA
8/21/2014 In The Venue - Salt Lake City, UT
8/22/2014 Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO
8/23/2014 Sister - Albuquerque, NM
8/24/2014 Club Red - Mesa, AZ
8/26/2014 Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA
8/27/2014 The Roxy - Los Angeles, CA
8/28/2014 DNA - San Francisco, CA
8/29/2014 Catalyst - Santa Cruz CA
8/30/2014 Dante's - Portland, OR
8/31/2014 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
9/01/2014 The Rickshaw Theater - Vancouver, BC More...

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Corrosion Of Conformity Drummer To Miss Tour

Due to a torn rotator cuff, Corrosion Of Conformity drummer Reed Mullin has been forced to sit out the band's upcoming live dates. The band comments:

"We are sorry to announce that Reed Mullin will not be onboard for this tour. He's been playing through pain, awaiting a strategic time to repair a full tear of his rotator cuff. That's a seriously bum shoulder. So he's going to get that repaired and rehabbed.

"During the interim, we've enlisted Mr. Eric Hernandez formerly of Kylesa to help us until then. Eric came to our attention when we approached Rick Smith of Torche about filling in and he recommended Eric, who he grew up with in Miami. Eric has also filled in for Ricky in Torche a few times with great results. He is, like Reed, a hard hitter, and thankfully possesses the capacity to learn and digest detailed material quickly and accurately."

Corrosion Of Conformity is currently leveling the stages of New Zealand and Australia, which will be followed by a two-week North American run scheduled to commence on August 20th in Spokane, and come to a close in Vancouver on September 1st. The band will be joined by Bl'ast!, Brant Bjork & The Low Desert Punk Band and Lord Dying.

The band released the fittingly titled "IX" full-length (reviewed here) earlier this month via Candlelight Records. More...

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Corrosion Of Conformity Release New Lyric Video

Corrosion of Conformity released a new lyric video for the track "Tarquinius Superbus." The song appears on the latest album "IX," which was issued this month via Candlelight Records (see review here).

The band confirmed tour dates in support of the new release, which can be found at this location.

Check out "Tarquinius Superbus" here:

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Corrosion Of Conformity Announces New Shows

With the official release of new full-length, fittingly titled "IX" (reviewed here), now just days away, North Carolina's Corrosion Of Conformity is very pleased to announce North American live assaults in support of the offering.

The near two-week run will commence on August 20th in Spokane, and come to a close in Vancouver on September 1st. The band will be joined by Bl'ast!, Brant Bjork & The Low Desert Punk Band and Lord Dying. See Corrosion Of Conformity live on these dates:

7/18/2014 Kings Arms - Auckland, NZ
7/19/2014 Valhalla - Wellington, NZ
7/20/2014 Churchills - NZ
7/24/2014 Crowbar - Brisbane, AUS
7/25/2014 NSC - Sydney AUS
7/26/2014 Reverence Hotel - Melbourne AUS
7/27/2014 Enigma Bar - Adelaide AUS More...

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Corrosion Of Conformity Streams "On Your Way"

With the official unveiling of Corrosion Of Conformity's "IX" full-length due out June 24th, today a new track from the album has made its way online. Listen to "On Your Way" below, thanks to Loudwire.com.

Captured by the band alongside long-time friend and colleague John Custer, writing for "IX" commenced in the early months of 2013 with demoing and recording starting by Summer's end. Completed in January, "IX" clocks in at nearly forty-five minutes. The album's track listing is:

1. Brand New Sleep
2. Elphyn
3. Denmark Vesey
4. The Nectar (streaming here)
5. Interlude
6. On Your Way
7. Trucker
8. The Hanged Man
9. Tarquinius Superbus
10. Who You Need To Blame
11. The Nectar Reprised More...

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Corrosion Of Conformity Streaming "The Nectar"

Corrosion Of Conformity's new album "IX" is due out via Candlelight Records this coming June 23rd (European release), and June 24th (in North America).

Pre-orders are now available at this location, and new track "The Nectar" can be heard below. The full track listing will be as follows:

1. Brand New Sleep
2. Elphyn
3. Denmark Vesey
4. The Nectar
5. Interlude
6. On Your Way
7. Trucker
8. The Hanged Man
9. Tarquinius Superbus
10. Who You Need To Blame
11. The Nectar Reprised More...

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