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."

Drill 187

For fans of: Sevendust, Godsmack and Nonpoint.

DRILL was formed from the remnants of the early 2000's powerhouse band Drill 187...Using their 2003 critically acclaimed first full-length album "The Faceless Majority", the band became an unsigned Southeast regional touring juggernaut, performing in 23 different states and became a media favorite with literally 100's of international rave reviews...With a national radio campaign and distribution ...in place, Drill 187 was nearly catapulted to the next level, signing major management in 2002 with Rick Sales(SLAYER) and then again in 2003 with John Tovar(MARILYN MANSON) and very nearly inking a major label record deal...However, as the boys from Drill 187 can now tell you, everything comes with a price...All the success they were seeing had begun creating monetary issues and a line-up that seemed to waver at times due to the stress...Internal strife and mental exhaustion finally caused their untimely break-up in early 2005.

Now, after reforming in 2011 to do some reunion shows, the band had so much fun, they felt they had something left to prove...With several key "Faceless" era members now back in the present line-up, and dropping the dated sounding "187" from their name, DRILL is back on the scene again! With renewed ambition, writing strong new music and the same meticulous DIY attitude that took them to the top before, DRILL is once again a band on the rise and coming soon to a stage near you!!

Next stop must be at the debut EP from the very fine quartet Caltrop, who hail from Chapel Hill in North Carolina. Now, I'm not even sure of the status of this 27-minute release, but its very singular fucking excellence emanates in a kind of Scando-proto-metal meets early Ramasses kind of way and fugs up the room in a manner that demands repeated listenings. Check them out at www.myspace/caltropband, and be sure to listen all the way through, because these gentlemen unfold into areas only the most confident of motherfuckers dare take their shit. And while the drumming is truly something else, the hugely varied guitar playing sways from bilious, cyclical twin lead riffology to 'Eruption'-style Edward Van Halen-isms of the highest quality. Best of all, these subversives take their name from one of the most vilely-conceived guerrilla warfare weapons ever invented. Yowzah!

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Corrosion Of Conformity with Drill 187, Caltrop

Friday, August 16 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:30 PM at The Pour House Music Hall