Corrosion Of Conformity

Corrosion Of Conformity

Founded by three teenagers in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1982, Corrosion of Conformity began as an underground band and went on to transform heavy music, challenging boundaries and serving as what Decibel Magazine called "a crucial stylistic lynchpin in the bridge between metal and punk" that "irrevocably reshaped crossover's sonic possibilities."

Thirty years and many changes later, COC's original trio is back with a self-titled release for London-based independent Candlelight Records.

"Corrosion of Conformity isn't a comeback album or an example of diminishing returns," Invisible Oranges observed. "It's a testament to immense talent and the elusive endowment of staying power."

In the summer of 2010, COC's founding members—bassist/vocalist Mike Dean, drummer/vocalist Reed Mullin and guitarist Woody Weatherman—gathered at Weatherman's farm in Virginia to get to work again after a five-year hiatus. With longtime vocalist/guitarist Pepper Keenan busy working with metal supergroup Down back home in New Orleans, COC began playing together as a three-piece for the first time since the mid-1980s.

That's the same lineup behind 1985's Animosity, widely considered a crossover classic. While the trio re-visited songs from that album and 1987's Technocracy, this was not just an exercise in nostalgia, and they soon began writing new material.

The original members of COC are excited to be working together again.

"Mike, Woody and I essentially learned how to play music together and cultivated our own style, sound, and unspoken language," said Mullin. "Re-bonding with them musically has been the greatest thing that's ever happened to me."

1989. That's 24 long years ago. Countless memories. Some still vivid, most just a blur. The one constant thing has been my focus and desire. The same vision I had in '89 is still burning strong in my head. Possibly stronger than ever. When you put this much blood, sweat and tears into something you can never look back. Fueled by the down-tuned sludge of the Melvins and the over-the-top aggression of Peter Steele's Carnivore, I set out to create my own beast and Crowbar was born. The band's sound was labeled Doom-Core by the European press shortly after the debut release of OBEDIENCE THRU SUFFERING. I found it to be quite fitting then and still do honestly. Crowbar have released 9 full length cd's, the second selling over 100,000 units worldwide. We threw in a live EP and a few compilations for good measure and that's where we stand today. Anyone who knows Crowbar is familiar with the numerous label and line-up changes over the years. I couldn't be more happy with the group of guys in our current lineup. In terms of musicianship, loyalty and friendship, this is our strongest lineup to date. Period.

As I am typing this, we are furiously writing a new full length for you. We will also be re-releasing most of our back catalog and a new live +2 full length thru Housecore records. I've lived a thousand life times over the course of the last 24 years, but this old dog's got a lot more than you think left in the tank!

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