CORROSION OF CONFORMITY (2019) Live Concert Review!

  • Venue: The Forge – Joliet, Illinois
  • Date: September 27, 2019
  • Special guests: THE SKULL, MOTHERSHIP, WITCH MOUNTAIN
  • Reviewed by Michael Juvinall – Horror Patch
  • All Photos copyright Michael L. Juvinall

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY or as they will be referred to here as COC, are a heavy/sludge metal band based in Raleigh, NC. This iconic band has been making music since early 1982. They started out as a hardcore punk band early in the day but then changed their sound to metal soon afterward and that’s where they are to this day. COC has a huge following and it’s easy to see why with their heavy riffs and breakdowns combined with thought-provoking lyrics. 

COC has influenced so many bands throughout their careers with their music. I was excited to see them live for myself. The band was celebrating the 25th anniversary of their classic album, Deliverance, and played several tracks from it in their 70-minute set. 

I am always amazed at how great of musicians some of these bands are. COC were no different, they sounded awesome. With a career that spans almost 40 years, I guess you only get better with time. Singer Pepper Keenen killed it during the show. He was spot on with vocals. Also, guitarist and only original founding member, Woody Weatherman played tight as hell without missing a lick. 

I was pretty impressed with COC. They played above my expectations for the night. I highly recommend checking them out on this tour if you are able. 

4 out of 5 Pentagrams!

Setlist: 

  1. La Grange – (ZZ Top song) Song played from tape
  2. Mano De Mono – Song played from tape
  3. Seven Days
  4. Señor Limpio
  5. Shake Like You
  6. Heaven’s Not Overflowing
  7. Albatross
  8. My Grain
  9. 13 Angels
  10. Diablo Blvd.
  11. Vote With a Bullet
  12. Born Again for the Last Time
  13. Who’s Got the Fire

Encore:

  1. Wiseblood
  2. My Wounds (extended)

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Direct support came from Chicago doom metal icons, THE SKULL! I call them icons due to the fact that one-half of the band is comprised of members of the legendary doom band, Trouble. Leader and frontman Eric Wagner, along with bassist Ron Holzner were a part of IMO, the best doom band in history. Wagner departed Trouble in 2008, and along with Ron Holzner and Jeff Olson, formed The Skull in 2012. The band’s name comes from Trouble’s second album, The Skull

The Skull plays the same devastating style of doom metal as Trouble. During each show, the band always plays some Trouble songs. This is because Wagner was the principal songwriter for the band as well as The Skull, so he has the right to play any of those songs. 

They roared out with a ripping rendition of “Trapped Inside My Mind” from their first album. Their set lasted 45 minutes and they played a combination of songs from their current album, The Endless Road Turns Dark and first album, For Those Which Are Asleep. They closed out their set with two Trouble covers. 

This was the first show I’ve seen the band with their two new members. Ex-Cathedral drummer Brian Dixon had to be replaced with Henry Vasquez due to ongoing visa issues. Guitarist Rob Wrong was replaced by Alex Johnson. I have seen The Skull several times and I feel former guitarist Rob Wrong was a better player than Johnson, but it happens. Let’s not forget lead guitarist Lothar Keller, who shreds with such ferocity that he can melt your face off from 10 feet away. His guitar playing prowess is unmatched in most bands.

The Skull may not be known by the masses but these guys are master musicians and rightly deserve their place in metal history. They play brain-melting, skull crunching heaviness with track after track. 

4.5 out of 5 Pentagrams!

Read our exclusive interview with THE SKULL frontman Eric Wagner Here!

Setlist:

  1. Trapped Inside My Mind
  2. Till the Sun Turns Black
  3. The Endless Road Turns Dark
  4. Send Judas Down
  5. Ravenswood
  6. A New Generation
  7. The Tempter (Trouble cover)
  8. At the End of My Daze (Trouble cover)

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Second support band was Dallas doom metal trio, MOTHERSHIP. They were formed in 2010 and have won numerous awards as Dallas’ best metal band. They play a mixture of stoner/doom metal that’s more on the lighter side. Great band and great players. They played for 30 minutes. 

3 out of 5 Pentagrams!

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The opening support band was Portland, Oregon doom metal outfit, WITCH MOUNTAIN. These guys and girl played for 25 minutes. Of particular note about this band – features guitarist Rob Wrong, was a former member of The Skull who was recently replaced. I wonder if playing together on the same bill was a bit awkward or not?

Witch Mountain features vocals from Kayla Dixon and was an incredible singer. 

2 ½ out of 5 Pentagrams!

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About Michael Juvinall (2569 Articles)
I am a devoted husband and father. I have been a voracious horror fan since the early age of 5. I watch all horror films but my great loves are classic horror films: Universal Monsters, Werewolves, Hammer Horror and an all around affinity for things that go bump in the night!

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