In the summer of 2010, the founding members of the pioneering underground metal band CORROSION OF CONFORMITY bassist/vocalist Mike Dean, drummer/vocalist Reed Mullin and guitarist Woody Weatherman gathered at Weathermans farm in the Virginia hill and began jamming together as a three piece for the first time since the mid-1980s. This was the classic COC lineup behind 1985s "Animosity", the album that Decibel magazine recently called a crucial stylistic lynchpin in the bridge between metal and punk that irrevocably reshaped crossovers sonic possibilities.
Its been six years since the release of COCs last album, "In the Arms of God", with the lineup of Dean, Weatherman, longtime COC vocalist/guitarist Pepper Keenan, and guest drummer Stanton Moore of the jazz-funk band Galactic, one of the several drummers who filled in while Mullin recuperated from a drumming related injury.
Representing the more straightforward metal sound that characterized COCs work with Keenan beginning with 1991s "Blind", "In the Arms of God earned critical praise, with Billboard calling it a riff-fueled set that ranks with [the bands] best work. Following that release in early 2005, COC toured the U.S. and Canada with MOTÖRHEAD, one of their biggest influences, and later teamed up with CLUTCH for a UK tour.