CORROSION OF CONFORMITY‘s Pepper Keenan recently shared with PureGrainAudio his thoughts on what’s metal and what’s not. Check out the clip below.
The four-piece version of CORROSION OF CONFORMITY — featuring Pepper Keenan on guitar and vocals — recently inked a deal with Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The band will enter the studio late this winter/early spring with longtime producer John Custer. Custer has recorded such C.O.C. classics as “Deliverance”, “Wiseblood”, “America’s Volume Dealer” and “In The Arms Of God”. The as-yet-untitled-album will mark CORROSION OF CONFORMITY‘s studio reunion with Keenan and the Pepper-fronted version of C.O.C.‘s first full-length record since 2005. A fall 2016 release is expected.
Guitarist Woody Weatherman told West Michigan’s Revue about C.O.C.‘s forthcoming album: “With our last record [with Pepper Keenan], [2005’s] ‘In The Arms Of God’ — we want to pick up where that left off. We were on to something there, and then [Hurricane] Katrina happened [in New Orleans, where Keenan is based]. Then the band went on hiatus and we never picked it back up until 2010 when we started doing the three-piece stuff.”
Weatherman believes “In The Arms Of God”, which featured GALACTIC‘s Stanton Moore on drums, wasn’t promoted properly. “We put a lot of effort into that and it took some doing to get it done,” Weatherman said. “But I think it didn’t get a fair shake. We got cut off from supporting it.”
Keenan played his first full show with CORROSION OF CONFORMITY since 2006 on March 7 at Manchester Academy 2 in Manchester, England.
Speaking about the differences between writing music for CORROSION OF CONFORMITY and DOWN, Keenan told “Maximum Threshold”: “The biggest difference with the C.O.C. stuff is that I’m singing, so my brain acts differently towards that writing songs for Phil [Anselmo, DOWN frontman] to sing. It’s two different entities. I don’t know how I split it in half, but I do it. I just go off the catalyst of what the last C.O.C. record was, which I thought was an extremely strong record. So we’re just gonna shoot for that angle. And those guys have got a bunch of great riffs, and it’s a different machine.”
Keenan joined CORROSION OF CONFORMITY in 1990, but he did not become the band’s lead singer until the recording of “Deliverance”, which came out in 1994.