Currently out terrorizing stages on their headlining tour with Torche, Valient Thorr and A Storm Of Light, Raleigh, North Carolina cross-over legends Corrosion of Conformity have announced another round of live dates this June which will take them to the West Coast and Canada. Sponsored by Thrasher Magazine, the trek will steam-roll its way through 17 cities beginning June 1 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The band will be joined by Torche, Black Cobra and Gaza.
COC released their self-titled new studio offering to the masses via Candlelight Records. "Corrosion Of Conformity" was recorded at Dave Grohl's Studio 606 in Los Angeles, produced by the band in cooperation with long-time collaborator John Custer and mixed by John Lousteau (Foo Fighters). The 11-track offering features the esteemed "Animosity" lineup of vocalist/bassist Mike Dean, guitarist Woody Weatherman, and drummer/vocalist Reed Mullin and closes a six year recording gap for the band.
Hailed among fans and critics alike, Decibel Magazine championed the band's efforts noting: "While mastery isn't unusual in metal, 'Corrosion of Conformity' is fully baked enough to make us wish another 29 years on these f*ckers," while Stereokiller, in a 4/5 rating, noted: "The crew of Mike Dean, Woody Weatherman and Reed Mullin reconvene as a sturdy marriage of St. Vitus, Black Sabbath and Motorhead retrofitting the tried-and-true rock wisdom they've always applied to their sound." While Pitchfork echoed the sentiment: "'Corrosion Of Conformity' is what you want out of a comeback record: not just reclamation of lost vigor but a meaningful update on a vintage sound. If 'Animosity' seemed like an ugly duckling back in the mid 1980s - too punk for the metal crowd and vice versa - 'Corrosion Of Conformity' registers similarly today. In an era when doom metal keeps growing bleaker and artier, and hardcore skews ever more dire, the album serves as a reminder that swagger, soul, and songcraft still have a place in the heavy-rock underground. Corrosion of Conformity, indeed."