Vinyl Music Hall Presents:
Corrosion of Conformity with Guests: Crowbar, The Obsessed, Mothership
Crowbar, The Obsessed, Mothership
2 S. Palafox St.
Pensacola, FL, 35202
This event is all ages
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Corrosion Of Conformity
Corrosion of Conformity are reuniting with guitarist/vocalist Pepper Keenan for UK/European and North American dates. Other than a few surprise appearances, this will be the first time Keenan has toured with the band since 2006. This will also be the first time the "Deliverance" lineup of the group has played together since 2001.
C.O.C. recently emerged from hibernation as a trio and released 2012's eponymous album and 2014's "IX" to wide acclaim, but many have been eagerly awaiting the return of Pepper Keenan.
The band were originally an influential hardcore punk/heavy metal crossover act before reaching critical success with a new lineup on 1991's "Blind" album. That trajectory continued with wider appeal as Keenan took over as primary vocalist on "Deliverance" (1994) and "Wiseblood" (1996).
These two recordings in particular fused the raw energy of the previous albums with some great strides forward in classic rock inspired songwriting and more spacious production and execution, which were often copied but rarely equalled.
This juggernaut gained mass and momentum with relentless touring alongside Metallica, Clutch, Eyehategod and many more.
Eventually following "In the Arms of God", 2005, Keenan focused all energy on his hometown band Down.
Until now, that is. Recent internet chatter on the subject of a reunion turns out to be true.
For nearly three decades, the name Crowbar has been synonymous with HEAVY.
Since rising ominously from the swamplands of New Orleans in 1990, they’ve been
hailed internationally as one of the world’s foremost purveyors of crushing, melodic
sludge. Crowbar’s eleventh and latest album, The Serpent Only Lies, is both an
affirmation of the band’s staying power and a nod to their legacy. “To me, it’s a
freshsounding version of oldschool Crowbar,” says vocalist, guitarist and
mastermind Kirk Windstein. “I intentionally went back and listened to a lot of old
Crowbar stuff, like the selftitled and Broken Glass albums, to get a feel for what my
mindset was 20plus years ago. I also went back and listened to the bands that
influenced Crowbar in the beginning, like Trouble, Saint Vitus, Melvins, and the first
Type O Negative record. So it was kinda me doing my homework.”
The result is an album that stands toetotoe with those early Crowbar classics while
maintaining the lumbering hooks of midperiod standouts like 1998’s Odd Fellows
Rest and 2000’s Equilibrium. Bolstered by massive riffage, new songs “I Am The
Storm,” “Embrace The Light” and the title track explore the themes of life, loss and
spirituality, respectively. “Even lyrically, the approach was a little more oldschool,”
Windstein offers. “Some of the songs have less lyrics to let the riffs breathe a little
more, which I had kind of gotten away from over the years. It was a conscious thing
to go back to that.”
The album’s bruising centerpiece “The Enemy Beside You” opens with the line “If
you grow a set of balls, you might just change your life.” It’s a rallying call to
woeisme types everywhere. “The song is not about anyone in particular—it’s
about negative people in general,” Windstein explains. “People who bitch about
everything, but don’t get up and do anything for themselves. I know a lot of people
like that. If you need a job, get off your ass and get one. If you need to get off dope, go
get help. Don’t just sit there and whine about it.”
The tour cycle for The Serpent Only Lies marks the return of original Crowbar
bassist Todd “Sexy T” Strange, who left the band back in 1999 but now joins
Windstein, drummer Tommy Buckley and guitarist Matt Brunson in forging
Crowbar’s future. “Todd helped start the band, so having him back is important to
me and, I think, the fans,” Windstein offers. “It’s a great feeling to be standing
onstage next to him. It’s a breath of fresh air for the band and makes us stronger.”
“Having this be our eleventh record, we’re very fortunate because so many bands
don’t last this long,” Windstein adds. “My whole outlook on music as a career is the
Motörhead outlook, which is that slow and steady wins the race. If you continue to
put out killer records, continue to kick ass onstage every night and continue to treat
your fans with respect, that’s the stuff people will remember.”
THE OBSESSED was formed in the late 1970’s in Potomac, Maryland by legendary guitarist Scott “Wino” Wenrich (Saint Vitus/Spirit Caravan). The band spawned in the realm of musicians/artists such as Black Sabbath, Frank Zappa, The Dictators and The Stooges. The earliest lineup consisted of Wino, Mark Laue (Bass), John Reese (Guitars) and Dave Flood (Drums). In 1983, Wino took over vocals duties and the band became a 3-piece to record the Sodden Jackal EP.
The band broke up in the late 80s after Wino moved to California to join Saint Vitus. At that time, a German label, Hellhound Records, and the booking agency that had signed Saint Vitus, released The Obsessed, originally recorded in 1985, prompting Wino to reform THE OBSESSED. After multiple lineup changes the band signed to Columbia Records in 1994 to release their third and final album, The Church Within. Despite highly acclaimed reviews, THE OBSESSED would breakup once again following the release, seeing Wino forming Spirit Caravan (Then Shine) and other projects.
In September 2011, THE OBSESSED returned to the stage at Roadburn Festival with The Church Within legendary lineup (featuring Wino, Greg Rogers and Guy Pinhas). The band played a few more reunion shows over the next couple years at Hellfest Open Air 2012 and Maryland Deathfest XI in May 2013 with Reid Raley (Bass).
Wino announced the full-time return of THE OBSESSED in March 2016 and the band’s official signing to Relapse Records to record the follow up to The Church Within. The new lineup originally consisted of Spirit Caravan bassist Dave Sherman and Wino’s longtime friend and former road crew member Brian Costantino (Drums). On October 31, 2016, Wino announced another new lineup change for THE OBSESSED, including Bruce Falkinburg (Bass) and Seraphim (Guitar), making that the first time the band had been a four piece in over 35 years.
Now in 2017, THE OBSESSED will unleash Sacred, the band’s first studio album in over 20 years. With renewed energy and purpose, THE OBSESSED sounds heavier and more relevant than ever before. On Sacred, the band doubles down on enormous, heaving riffs and pummeling low-end across 12 tracks of eternal doom. Rounded out by Wino’s lyrical honesty and iconic throaty vocals, Sacred is an album that further pushes THE OBSESSED into the annals of heavy metal history, well worth the two-plus decade wait. The band will perform once again as three piece featuring Wino, Reid Raley and Brian Costantino.
Supersonic intergalactic heavy rock trio Mothership based out of Dallas, TX give a real sense of hope that all is well in the universe, and that pure honest rock and roll has once again returned to the planet on a mission to unite true believers. Consisting of brothers Kyle Juett on bass/lead vocals, Kelley Juett on guitar/vocals, and Judge Smithon drums. Mothership’s goal from the beginning has been to carry on the tradition of the classic rock style of the ’70′s, updated and amped up for the modern day. The band has been non-stop road warriors since the release of their debut album in February 2013 on Ripple Music successfully invading the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Europe playing either on festival stages, night clubs, or outdoors under the sun at motorcycle parties. Do not miss your chance to hop on board and TRIP ON THE SHIP
General Admission * Standing Room Only- Any Available Seating Will Be On A Strictly First Come-First Serve Basis * All Ages * Additional $5 Cash Surcharge At The Door For Under 21 * Attendees Under 16 Must Be Accompanied By A Ticketed, Adult Guardian * Posted Times Are Door Times- Events Generally Begin 30-60 Minutes After Doors Open