Corrosion of Conformity Tickets
Formed in 1982 in Raleigh, Corrosion of Conformity is one of the biggest music acts to emerge from the city. Heavy metal veterans, the band has released seven full length studio albums and has a loyal fan following. Having started out as a hardcore punk band, as the lineup changed, so did the sound. They eventually moved toward a more heavy metal sound; a sound which defines who they are today. C.O.C, as they are sometimes known, are now set to embark on a nationwide tour alongside fellow metal acts, Lambs of God and Clutch. To watch the all these bands live on one stage, get Corrosion of Conformity tickets.
Corrosion of Conformity has gone through several lineup changes over the course of their career; however they have continuously maintained their presence in the hardcore music scene. The band’s most recent album, IX, was released in 2014 after the band reunited in 2010.
Formation and Early Years
C.O.C. was officially formed in 1982 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The band comprised vocalist and bassist Mike Dean, drummer Reed Mullin and guitarist Woody Weatherman. Initially Eric Eycke was on vocals and they recorded the album, Eye for an Eye with him. He didn’t last long and left the band shortly afterwards. C.O.C. continued on for a few years as just a three-piece outfit.
Corrosion of Conformity was heavily influenced by metal heavyweights like Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Scorpions and Iron Maiden. They also drew influences from bands in the hardcore punk genre such as Minor Threat, Germs, Black Flag, Circle Jerks and Bad Brains. Their debut album featured a blend of these influences and was released in 1984.
In 1985, the band released its second album, Animosity. On this record, Dean and Mullin shared vocal duties, which made for a more harmonic sound. A couple of years later, the band recruited Simon Bob Sinister to join the band and subsequently released the album Technocracy in 1987. This album saw them move in the direction of a more hectic thrash sound than the one they had in the past.
The Years of Flux
It wasn’t always smooth sailing for C.O.C. In 1987, founding member Mike Dean left the band and was soon followed by Simon Bob Sinister. This left the group in a tricky situation and they were forced to go on a hiatus as they searched for new members.
A new C.O.C. lineup eventually emerged. Apart from the original members, it featured Karl Agell on vocals, Pepper Keenan on guitars and Phil Swisher on bass. With these new members C.O.C. released the album Blind in 1991. An immediate success, the album got them mainstream attention and their songs were played on MTV and charted well on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.
More Line-Up Changes and New Albums
In 1993, the band’s new members Agell and Swisher left the band and founding member Dean returned. In 1994 the band signed with Columbia records and released the album Deliverance. This album was C.O.C’s most successful album and spawned singles which became top hits on rock radio stations. These included the songs "Albatross" and "Clean My Wounds". The album was on the Billboard 200 chart for four months, and peaked on the Heatseekers chart at number five. It is estimated that the album has sold close to 500,000 copies in the U.S. and therefore may be eligible for a Gold certification soon.
In 1996, the album Wiseblood was released; it featured the hit single ‘Drowning in a Daydream’, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance. In support of this album, C.O.C also did a worldwide tour with Metallica.
Following the album’s success, C.O.C switched record labels and signed with Sanctuary Records. They released the albums America’s Volume Dealer and In the Arms of God under this label. That was followed by a long hiatus for the band between 2006 and 2010, after which they signed with Candlelight Records and released a self-titled album in 2012. This was followed by their most recent release, IX, in 2014.
Corrosion of Conformity Today
In 2015 C.O.C announced that the Deliverance era line-up was reuniting. This includes Mike Dean, Pepper Keenan, Reed Mullin and Woody Weatherman. The band has already performed several shows since reuniting and in 2016 they will be touring with Lamb of God and Clutch. Grab your Corrosion of Conformity tickets to see them live in concert.