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CORROSION OF CONFORMITY LIVE REVIEW 2014

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY LIVE AT THE reverence hotel, melbourne - july 26th 2014

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY
THE REVERENCE HOTEL, MELBOURNE

JULY 26th 2014

Corrosion Of Conformity finally hit Melbourne on this coldish night as the fans prepared to welcome the punk/crossover rockers at the Reverence Hotel. It's been a while since they came to Australia and any fan, regardless of whether they prefer the 80's hardcore stuff or the 90's southern stoner rock tunes will no doubt have appreciated it.

Opening up for the night were a few local Aussie bands with Caged Grave, a grindcore heavy band with a singer insisting on doing the whole show on the floor in front of the fans all while blasting through short 1 to 2 minute heavy hitters. A fine opening to what would become a very cool night. Next up was 3 piece outfit Wolf Pack who's vocalist was also the drummer which as we eventually saw through their set, was an amazing display of skill and talent. Musically it fitted with the COC theme night with a mix of crossover/punk kind of style but with some heavy thrash riffage going on. They earned their opening slot for the night judging by the crowds receptive reaction afterwards.

 

Next up was of course Corrosion Of Conformity, otherwise known as COC and seeing Mike Dean on bass, also doing vocals and Woody Weatherman on guitar casually stroll on stage to prepare for the show, it was a great feeling to be there and see these legends who have been at it for over 30 years. Opening the show with doomy IX opener "Brand New Sleep", it set the tone for the whole night where the doom and riff factor in this song can really be seen in a lot of their stuff, especially in their later albums. After that it was a setlist comprised mostly off tracks from their 2012 self titled album, their first as a 3 piece band without Pepper Keenan. While not their best album, seeing it live certaintly put some guts into the songs and like I said, the doom factor really came out strong in a lot of them.

 

 

Woody's guitar sound was truly amazing, the crunch and pure loudness of it was really a strongpoint of the whole band's sound (although going deaf from it might be a concern!). The simplicity of his setup, the same battered old ESP guitar plugged in and melting the faces of the enthusiastic crowd showed that you don't need to be fancy to put out a quality show. Mike's bass sound was a driving force in the set, playing as rhythm for the band and his vocals not overshadowed by the loudness of the racket coming from the amplifiers. Original drummer Reed Mullin unfortunately had to sit out the tour due to an injury so filling in was Kylesa drummer Eric Hernandez who did a spot on job.

 

Only one track from the 90's era with "Deliverance" and a couple of tracks from the 80's including the closer of "Technocracy" which I found to be a slight disappointment but the newer songs especially off "IX" were certaintly nothing to disregard as the heaviness of a lot of those tracks come across even better live. Add this to the list of bands to tick off the must see list.

 

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by Andrew Schizodeluxe July 2014

 

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