Back in the early 1980s, COC released the classic "crossover" LP "Animosity". Bassist/vocalist Mike Dean, drummer/vocalist Reed Mullin and guitarist Woody Weatherman created a masterpiece that brought together hardcore and metal in a way that changed music.
Thirty years on and the original lineup is back together and have released a fantastic, stoner metal, rock, hardcore gem of a record on Candlelight, called "Corrosion of Conformity".
I have to admit, I actually was blown away by the live new material more than the "Animosity" material. Maybe it is because I was lucky enough to see COC multiple times back in the day (even pre-Animosity) including attending a COC / Malefice gig rather than attending my prom. The new material rocked. COC creates effortless intensity!
My timing was off. Honestly, I was planning on missing 3 Inches of Blood. Turns out Black Tusk opened the show. My bad. But, my good.
Not sure if it is their commitment to metal, their skill at playing their instruments or that this just comes across better in a live setting, but 3 Inches of Blood were the surprise of the evening.
Working the door was my old pal Jamie Getz (Gods and Queens, Very Distro, R5 Productions etc...). He somehow blames me for ruining his life by helping him get into punk/hardcore/etc... Oh well.
Bands had lots of vinyl for sale! I ended up picking up the Municipal Waste / Toxic Holocaust split LP and the Black Tusk LP "The Fallen Kingdom"
On my way back into the club, from running my vinyl out to the car, this woman approaches me and asks me... "Have you ever seen a toothless piranha?"
I reply, "I've actually never seen any piranha!"
Camera around my neck, she asked me to take her photo!
I love music, Union Transfer, Philadelphia and living life!