Corrosion Of Conformity
Torche, Black Cobra, Gaza
2208 Elliston Place
Nashville, TN, 37203
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Corrosion Of Conformity
In the summer of 2010, the founding members of the pioneering underground metal band Corrosion of Conformityâ€”bassist/vocalist Mike Dean, drummer/vocalist Reed Mullin and guitarist Woody Weathermanâ€”gathered at Weatherman's farm in the Virginia hills and began jamming together as a three-piece for the first time since
the mid-1980s. This was the classic COC lineup behind 1985's Animosity, the album that Decibel
magazine recently called "a crucial stylistic lynchpin in the bridge
between metal and punk" that "irrevocably reshaped crossover's sonic possibilities."
The trio re-learned songs from that album and 1987's Technocracy, but this was not just an exercise in nostalgia. They soon began writing new material. "It was a little strange at first but pretty quickly it felt like we hadn't missed a beat," says Dean. By August COC had released
the single "Your Tomorrow" on experimental metal label Southern Lord Records and went on to play shows from coast to coastâ€”everything from the renowned Power of the Riff festival in Los Angeles (with a set that LA Music Blog called "incredible") to an underground party in the band's hometown of Raleigh, N.C. COC is currently planning a European tour as well as an appearance at Maryland's Deathfest in the spring and summer of 2011, with a full-length album of new material due out this fall. It's been six years since the release of COC's last album, In the Arms of God, with the
lineup of Dean, Weatherman, longtime COC vocalist/guitarist Pepper Keenan, and guest drummer Stanton Moore of the jazz-funk band Galactic, one of the several drummers who filled in while Mullin recuperated from a drumming-related injury. Representing the more straightforward metal sound that characterized COC's work
with Keenan beginning with 1991's Blind, ITAOG earned critical praise, with Billboard calling it a "riff-fueled set that ranks with [the band's] best work." Following that release in early 2005, COC toured the U.S. and Canada with
Motorhead, one of their biggest influences, and later teamed up with Clutch for a UK tour. But after Hurricane Katrina and the catastrophic flooding of New Orleans that
August, COC canceled a scheduled trip to Europe so Keenan and Mooreâ€”both New Orleans residentsâ€”could go home to help rebuild. Meanwhile, Keenan got back together with the New Orleans-based metal supergroup Down, putting out one album in 2007 with another set for a 2011 release.COC has plans to record again as a four-piece. But for now, the new "old" lineup is enjoying the return to their roots.
"Mike, Woody and I essentially learned together how to play music and cultivated our own style and sound and unspoken language," says Mullin. "I've known Woody since fifth grade and Mike Dean since 1982, and re-bonding with them musically has been the greatest thing that's ever happened to me."
The four-pronged Floridian Riff Colossus that has steamrolled its way across the international underground. Led by vocalist/guitarist Steve Brooks (formerly of doom dropouts Floor) and featuring the myriad talents of drummer Rick Smith, bassist Jonathan NuĂ±ez and guitarist Juan Montoya, Torche unfurled their self-titled debut in 2005 via Richmond, Virginia's Robotic Empire. The glorious half-hour of blissed-out power-grooves, triumphant vocal harmonies and cosmic resonance within was variously hailed as "stoner pop," "thunder rock," and "doom pop," but a consensus was quickly reached within the Fourth Estate: Both the underground and mainstream press had their hands halfway down their pants just thinking about listening to Torche. The band was immediately lauded as giants among men, leaders among sheep, and powerbrokers of a deadly new sonic idiom founded upon Brooks' signature "bomb-string" detonation-detune. As Decibel magazine so righteously pointed out in May of 2005, Torche "carries on in the dizzying Sabbathian tradition of Floor, only potentially more bottomless and epic." Seven months later, the same publication would declare Torche as the # 7 album of the year in its annual top 40.
After logging several years of experience with sludge metal icons Cavity and doom prognosticators Acid King, among other bands, New York-based vocalist and guitarist Jason Landrian and L.A.-based drummer Rafael Martinez began working in 2001 on a new project that would ultimately become known as Black Cobra. An eponymous EP eventually saw the light of day in 2004, followed by the full-length Bestial in 2006 and mini-album Feather and Stone in 2007, by which time the duo had developed into a vicious, super-distorted heavy metal machine reminiscent of Mastodon and High On Fire. Their latest release 2011's "Invernal" is receiving rave reviews across the metal community and beyond.
From Salt Lake City, Gaza play a dark, glooming and frantic breed of hardcore and metal mixed with grind. Combining the sludgy, droney elements of Crowbar or Soilent Green with the absolute blasting force of Pig Destroyer, adjectives like abrasive and devastating, do not even begin to touch the full extremes of this group. I Don't Care Where I Go When I Die was an absolutely bleak & terrifying experience and follow up He Is Never Coming Back took the band to new extreme heights and has won all sorts of critical acclaim.