Corrosion of Conformity explained

Corrosion of Conformity
Background:group_or_band
Landscape:yes
Origin:Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Genre:Heavy metal, stoner metal, sludge metal, hard rock, crossover thrash
Years Active:1982–present
Label:Sanctuary, Columbia, Metal Blade, Relativity, Caroline, Southern Lord
Associated Acts:Down, Snake Nation
Current Members:Reed Mullin
Woody Weatherman
Mike Dean
Pepper Keenan (hiatus 2012)
Past Members:Karl Agell
Phil Swisher
Simon Bob Sinister
Eric Eycke
Robert Stewart
Benji Shelton
Jimmy Bower
Jason Patterson

Corrosion of Conformity (also known as C.O.C.) is an American heavy metal band from Raleigh, North Carolina formed in 1982. For almost the majority of its existence, the band has consisted of guitarist Woody Weatherman, bassist Mike Dean (who left in 1987 but rejoined six years later), drummer Reed Mullin (who left in 2001 but rejoined nine years later) and vocalist and rhythm guitarist Pepper Keenan (who joined the band in 1989). After a hiatus in 2006, Corrosion of Conformity returned in 2010, without Keenan who is currently in Down (although it has been disputed whether Keenan has left the band).

To date, Corrosion of Conformity has released seven studio albums, two EPs, one compilation, and one live album. Three independent albums, Eye for an Eye (1984), Animosity (1985) and Blind (1991), attracted the attention of Columbia Records, who signed the band in 1993. They released Deliverance, their most successful album to date, in 1994. Their next three albums, Wiseblood (1996), America's Volume Dealer (2000) and In the Arms of God (2005) were also critically acclaimed. Their latest studio album, Corrosion of Conformity, was released in February 2012 to mostly positive reviews.

History

Early years (1982–1987)

Corrosion of Conformity (C.O.C.) was formed in Raleigh, North Carolina by bassist and vocalist Mike Dean, guitarist Woody Weatherman and drummer Reed Mullin in the early '80s.[1] Their hardcore punk-oriented 20-track debut Eye for an Eye—the only album featuring the vocalist Eric Eycke—was released in 1984 (later re-released by Caroline Records during 1989).[2]

Notes and References

  1. Web site: [{{Allmusic|class=artist|id=p3967/biography|pure_url=yes}} Corrosion of Conformity]. Allmusic.
  2. Web site: – Artists – Corrosion of Conformity|publisher=MusicMight]|accessdate=2008-11-07}].