Sunday, September 15, 2013
Corrosion Of Conformity is one of those bands that I was kind of a poser about. I had all their albums (up to their awful Blind LP which was just the final nail in the coffin) but I really never gave them much of a listen and pretty much just wanted to justify having a couple shirts with their cool radiation/skull symbol on them. I mean, shit, I actually dug the crossover Technocracy release the most even though it was hated by their old school fans. As the years went by though, I eventually gave C.O.C.'s whole catalog a listen and, while I dug the old stuff way more than anticipated, there was something about the singer's voice that irritated me. Wasting my paycheck at the Princeton Record Exchange years later I came upon their 12" extended play Six Songs With Mike Singing: 1985. Seven minutes of blistering hardcore with founding bassist Mike Dean absolutely slaying the vocals. The songs blow the Eye For An Eye versions out of the water - and this record is the only C.O.C. release still in my collection today. Essential.