Corrosion of Conformity have been making the heaviest of music for roughly three decades. Of course, a lot has changed since these punk-metal gents first started out in the ‘80s; notably, the Internet has altered the playing field. Drummer Reed Mullin is taking all the change in stride and even finds little humor in the many various names people have made up to describe different genres of music these days.
Corrosion of Conformity
Listening to the band's latest, unmistakably brutal self-titled album, it’s obvious the guys are Corrosion of Conformity -- but it certainly doesn’t sound like their past work. As it turns out, guitarist Woody Weatherman says the band were completely spontaneous when recording, and what came out was a set of songs that fits into the next generation of Corrosion of Conformity’s sound.
Oh what a tangled web Corrosion of Conformity aka COC weave. While the classic 'Animosity' lineup of drummer Reed Mullin, vocalist/bassist Mike Dean and guitarist Woody Weatherman are back together for a new album, sometime frontman/guitarist Pepper Keenan's official "status" within the band remains nebulous and up in the air, even though he was the one who facilitated the reunion of the current incarnation of the band. Keenan's currently not an active member, but he's not exactly an "ex" member, either.
Good news for Down fans who have been anxiously awaiting any updates on the EPs that the band have been working on. According to drummer Jimmy Bower, the first EP has been mixed and now it just needs to get the finishing touches of mastering and artwork before it can be released. Bower is anticipating an early May release date and although the album title hasn’t been officially confirmed, it is tentatively titled ‘Down IV.’
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