CORROSION OF CONFORMITY guitarist Woody Weatherman has told West Michigan’s Revue that the four-piece version of the band — featuring Pepper Keenan on guitar and vocals — hopes to hit the studio soon to record another album with John Custer, C.O.C.’s perennial producer.
“With our last record [with Pepper Keenan], [2005’s] ‘In The Arms Of God’ — we want to pick up where that left off,” he said. “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.