Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Corroded Credibility Nope, Says Corrosion of Conformity, It's Still Doing Its Thing

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Corroded Credibility Nope, Says Corrosion of Conformity, It's Still Doing Its Thing

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Like nearly every band that starts out recording for an independent record label, the members of Corrosion of Conformity heard cries that they had compromised their music and credibility by signing with major label Columbia Records last year.

At one time, such accusations of sell-out might have been valid, but to Corrosion of Conformity drummer Reed Mullin, the old rules of independent music-making no longer apply.

"That's all nonsense," he said. "So much has changed since bands of a heavier nature have proven to some of these record labels that they can generate income for them. The labels are opening up their minds to letting bands do what they want to do.

"We have a tremendous amount of freedom as well as the ability to get our records in the stores. So what the hell is wrong with that, if you're being true to yourself and you're being true to what you want to do? You're not compromising your thing."

Mullin's observations on life in the major-label music world carry plenty of credibility simply because of his band's history. Formed in 1982 by Mullin, bassist Mike Dean and guitarist Woody Weatherman, Corrosion of Conformity was smack in the middle of a groundswell of groups that formed a musically diverse, do-it-yourself rock 'n' roll underground. With its self-released 1983 debut "Eye for an Eye," C.O.C. made immediate waves by becoming one of the first groups to effectively merge punk and heavy metal.

But over the next 10 years, the band was continually tripped up by changes in bass players and vocalists and record-company problems. Now Mullin thinks the band may be on track once and for all. And the switch from Relativity Records to Columbia isn't his only reason for optimism. …

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