CORROSION OF CONFORMITY (1982–PRESENT). Mike Dean (bass/vocals, replaced for several years by Phil Swisher, returned 1993), Woody Weatherman (guitar/vocals), Reed Mullin (drums, replaced by others, now Jason Patterson).
This punk metal crossover band originally started in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1982. The band’s first record, Eye for an Eye, is a standard thrash record, but subsequent records and new vocalists saw the band evolving in a more metal and then Southern rock direction. The band continues to this day with a lineup of Reed, Patterson, and Dean.
COC will long be remembered for being one of three key punk bands to cross over and do so in a hard and fast direction, maintaining their integrity while trying to open up the palette of the punk scene to accept more diversity. Although some of the later records veer in more of a Southern rock direction, fans to metal/punk crossover cannot go wrong by picking up Animosity, Technocracy or Blind.
Discography: Eye for an Eye (Caroline, 1983, 1990); Animosity (Combat, 1985; Metal Blade, 1994); Technocracy (Combat, 1987; remastered, Sony, 1995); Blind (Combat, 1991; extra tracks and remastered, Sony, 1995); Vote with a Bullet (Relativity, 1992); Deliverance (Sony, 1994); Wiseblood (Sony, 1996); America’s Volume Dealer (Sanctuary, 2000); Live Volume (Sanctuary, 2001); In the Arms of God (Sanctuary, 2005).