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Corrosion Of Conformity Teams Up With Orange Goblin, Fireball Ministry And Black Moth In Cardiff

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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.

Up next was Fireball Ministry. Based out of Los Angeles, they bring a blues based sound which was perfect for this tour and a solid, hard rock vibe. Promoting their latest album, "Remember The Story," the quartet brought aired "End Of Our Truth" and "The Answer" back to back, while always performing a few songs each from their second and third albums, "The Second Great Awakening" and "Their Rock Is Not Our Rock." It was a delight to hear "The Broken" as for many, it was their first time hearing the band thanks to the video game WWE Smackdown VS Raw 2006, as well as set closer "King," which appeared on Bam Margera's "Viva La Bands" compilation. All in all, a solid and enjoyable set.

Following Fireball Ministry was one of Britain's most beloved heavy/stoner metal bands to emerge in the nineties, Orange Goblin. The London four piece also has a new album, "The Wolf Bites Back," from which the band performed "Renegade," "Sons Of Salem," "Ghosts of the Primitives" and the title track, each one going down really well with the crowd. Of course, with such an extensive and rich catalogue, not every album can be represented but the ones that were were celebrated in style with performances of such songs as "Saruman's Wish" from debut, "Frequencies From Planet Ten" and "The Devil's Whip" from "Back From the Abyss." It was an electric set from start to finish, with other Orange Goblin classics like "Scorpionica" being brought out, before they finished for the night with "Red Tide Rising." Orange Goblin are a respected band among metal fans in Great Britain and no more do they prove why they're so revered than in the live setting.

Finally, it was the turn of Corrosion Of Conformity to take to the stage. As expected, material from their new album, "No Cross No Crown" was on display tonight, in the forms of "The Luddite," "Forgive Me" and the awesome, "Wolf Named Crow." C.O.C. played no less than four songs from "Deliverance," including "Albatross" and "Broken Man." A particular highlight was "Vote With A Bullet," with frontman Pepper Keenan referencing the American mid term elections that occured this week. The smokey, dimly lit hall proved the perfect setting for the eclectic group whose music proved to be the brightest thing there. While there's always songs left out that fans would have liked to have heard, it's safe to say that C.O.C. fans left the venue very happy with the set and everyone left very happy with the show overall... Except perhaps the drunk who was thrown out.

You can check out interviews with Corrosion Of Conformity and Orange Goblin filmed at the show, below.

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com since 2007 and a metal fan since 2001, going as far as to travel to other countries and continents for metal gigs.

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1. Graeme Watkins writes:

The line-up for this tour was immense. For me, the highlight was the Goblin but then I'm probably biased. COC were incredible but nothing can better OG's sound. Joe Hoare is such a great guitar player and Big Ben is the greatest British frontman going today. Top night.
P.S. drunk guy needs to work on not getting that smashed!

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