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From: Raleigh, NC, United States
Last Known Status: Active
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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...
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...
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."
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.
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...
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...
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...
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.
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:
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...
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
3. Denmark Vesey
4. The Nectar (streaming here)
6. On Your Way
8. The Hanged Man
9. Tarquinius Superbus
10. Who You Need To Blame
11. The Nectar Reprised More...
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
3. Denmark Vesey
4. The Nectar
6. On Your Way
8. The Hanged Man
9. Tarquinius Superbus
10. Who You Need To Blame
11. The Nectar Reprised More...
Infamous sludge outfit Weedeater has announced a new tour in New Zealand and Australia. The tour, which begins on July 18th in Sydney, will travel through Melbourne, Perth, and more before ending on July 28th, and will see Weedeater play alongside Corrosion Of Conformity. A full list of confirmed dates can be found below.
Weedeater also released a new track as part of the "Scion AV Presents..." series. The track, titled "Hot Doughnuts Now," can be streamed below. The North Carolina-based band is currently writing new material for its first Season of Mist recording, slated for release in 2014.
7/18 Sydney NSW @ The Factory Theatre
7/19 Canberra ACT @ ANU Bar
7/20 Melbourne VIC @ 170 Russell
7/22 Auckland NZ @ The Kings Arms
7/23 Wellington NZ @ Bodega Bar
7/25 Adelaide SA @ Fowlers Live
7/26 Perth WA @ The Rosemount
7/28 Brisbane QLD @ The Hi Fi More...
Candlelight Records today confirms June 23rd as the European release date for "IX," the new album from Corrosion Of Conformity (June 24th in North America). Produced by the band and long-time comrade John Custer, the album and lead single “On Your Way” will be available for preorders via ITunes, Amazon, and other outlets beginning May 13th.
“The making of IX was drawn out because of us having to step away to do other projects,” comments vocalist Mike Dean. “I think being forced to step away kept us hungry and then being back on the case with deadlines casting a shadow gave us a ‘failure is no option’ vibe and that really helped the final product.”
“This album is another step forward for us,” adds guitarist Woodroe Weatherman. “It seems like we keep heading more and more toward our rawer live sound with the studio recordings.”
Throughout the history of heavy music, there have been many influential bands. Some see their signature sound copied by hundreds, others only one album which can spawn a movement, but few can go from one genre to another and remain just as popular and important as they were before. One of the new bands who can legitimately claim this, is Raleigh, North Carolina’s own, Corrosion of Conformity. Corrosion of Conformity, or C.O.C. for short, formed in 1982 by bassist Mike Dean, who would also handle vocal duties, along with drummer Reed Mullin and guitarist, Woody Weatherman. After recruiting vocalist Eric Eycke, the group released their first full length album, "Eye for an Eye" in 1984. The debut featured twenty tracks, including a cover of the Fleetwood Mac song, "Green Manalishi," which had also been popularised by Judas Priest, but timed in at just over half an hour. This would prove to be their only album featuring Eycke, who left the band following the record’s release and so vocal duties were shared by Reed and Mullin on their sophomore album, "Animosity." The album saw the band begin to mix their hardcore roots with the emerging thrash metal genre, creating one of the first examples of crossover thrash in the process and was received very well, with several of their songs going on to be covered by such high profile artists as Metallica and Mr. Bungle.
It was decided by the band that in order to progress, they would need a new singer so that the music would be paired with one voice and so they hired Simon Bob Sinister, formerly of Ugly Americans, who performed with C.O.C. on their next EP, "Technocracy," which veered closer to thrash metal than their previous work. Despite this noisy output however, things were soon to go quiet for the band, when Mike Dean decided to leave in 1987, followed closely by Simon Bob. More...
Following a recent performance at the Fifth Annual Scion Fest in Memphis, Corrosion Of Conformity has announced live assaults for August. In addition to the 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.”
Updates regarding progress of the band’s forthcoming album came during the band’s late April West Coast tour with Danzig. Dean said, “We have a lot of lyric writing to refine but a lot of solid musical arrangements are in place. We plan to begin basic tracking for half the songs as soon as we return to North Carolina.” More...
Corrosion of Conformity will perform at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe, Arizona tomorrow night as part of the band's trek with Danzig, which began on April 17th. 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.”
The band’s current set includes a mix of new and old songs, including “Deliverance,” “Priest Brains,” “Strong Medicine Too Late,” “Holier,” “Mad World,” “Hungry Child,” “Technocracy,” plus “Psychic Vampire,” “Your Tomorrow,” and “The Moneychangers” from the 2012 self-titled album. More...
Antarctic rock-gods GWAR today released the first line-up for this year's GWAR-B-Q, located at Hadad's Water Park in Richmond, VA.
This year sees the event entering its fourth consecutive year while offering its most bone crushing lineup yet, setting the stage for what will certainly be the most massive GWAR-B-Q in the history of the human or any other race!
The event is scheduled to take place Saturday August 17th, 2013 at Hadad's Water Park in Richmond, VA, located at 7900 Osbourne Turnpike. Doors will open at 10:00 AM and the first band will hit the stage at 11:00 AM. For more information be sure to visit this location. Ticket information will be announced shortly.
Municipal Waste will provide main support to the mighty GWAR, and in turn will be supported by a plethora of devastating acts like Corrosion of Conformity, Pig Destroyer, Cannabis Corpse, Loincloth, Kung-Fu Dykes and many more. Once again Hadad's will host not one but TWO stages which will be packed with bands all day...and finally there are rumors of a yet-to-be-announced act that will put this year's GWAR-B-Q 2013 completely over the top. More...
Extreme metallers The Agonist will be hitting the road this week with Danzig, Corrosion of Conformity, and more in support of latest album, "Prisoners."
Check the dates below to see when The Agonist will be coming to a city near you.
4/13--The Level--Kelowna, BC
4/14--Studio Seven--Seattle, WA
4/17--House of Blues--Las Vegas, NV **
4/19--Ogden Theater--Denver, CO **
4/20--Sunshine Theater--Albuquerque, NM **
4/22--Stubbs BBQ--Austin, TX **
4/23--Concrete Street--Corpus Christi, TX **
4/24--Palladium--Dallas, TX **
4/26--Marquee Theater--Phoenix, AZ **
4/27--Fox Theater--Pomona, CA **
4/28--Ventura Theater--Ventura, CA **
5/1--Chameleon Room--Oklahoma City, OK
5/2--The Riot Room--Kansas City, MO
5/3--Smith's Downtown--Mishawaka, IN
5/4--Club Envy--Muskegon, MI
5/6--Broadway Joe's--Buffalo, NY
5/17--Resto-Bar Le Top Shot--Lachute, QC
5/18--K-Baret (Maison des Musiciens)--Jonquiere, QC
7/13--A2 Fest--Ann Harbor, MI
7/15--Vaudeville Mews--Des Moines, IA
7/16--RSR Stage--Madison, WI
7/17--Diamond Pub & Billiards--Louisville, KY
7/18--Headliners Middle Room--Toledo, OH
7/19--Rock the Farm Fest--St. Paris, OH
7/20--Tammany Hall--New York, NY
7/21--Upland Theatre--Utica, NY
7/22--Montage Music Hall--Rochester, NY
**=with DANZIG and CORROSION OF CONFORMITY More...
Extreme metallers The Agonist have announced a string of dates with Danzig and Corrosion of Conformity along the West Coast.
In regards to these upcoming tour dates (and the recent cancellation of the band's trek with Cradle of Filth in February/March), The Agonist comments:
"We were very honored and excited to have been included on this tour with three amazing bands that we have the utmost admiration and respect for...So when news of the cancellation came through we were not only disappointed but heartbroken about losing out on the entire experience of touring with Cradle of Filth, The Faceless, and Decapitated.
"All the members of The Agonist have been gearing up for this tour since the fall of last year and we were really looking forward to putting on an amazing show for both old fans and new fans alike...But alas, The Agonist moves on and is proud to announce an upcoming tour with the almighty Danzig (!!!) as well as the legendary Corrosion of Conformity in the month of April, 2013! More...