Corrosion Of Conformity kicks off a U.S. tour Thursday that will see it playing as part of a heavy star-studded roster this weekend during the third annual Housecore Horror Film Festival. C.O.C. performs Saturday night at the Aztec Theatre among the likes of Crowbar and Suffocation. The festival runs Thursday through Sunday with main-stage acts at the Aztec and secondary-stage bands playing down the street and around the bend at The Korova. A slew of horror films will be shown throughout the weekend as well.
The significance of C.O.C.’s set won’t be lost on metal fans. Vocalist/guitarist Pepper Keenan is back in the band, previously making a record with C.O.C. on 2005’s In the Arms of God. Although the group released IX in July 2014, Keenan decided to return to the band last December, rejoining bassist Mike Dean — who sang lead vocals in the years Keenan was gone — guitarist Woodroe Weatherman and drummer Reed Mullin. After touring this past summer with Clutch and Mastodon, Keenan will be on stage with C.O.C. as part of an extravaganza that will also include his former bandmates in Down being here with their respective bands such as HHFF co-founder Phil Anselmo with Superjoint, Jimmy Bower with Eyehategod and Kirk Windstein with Crowbar.
Today, Keenan graciously, exclusively and humorously went “Into the Pit” to discuss his return to the group and the music it has planned going forward with longtime producer John Custer. The disc is scheduled for a fall 2016 release and will be C.O.C.’s 10th studio album. Keenan also recalled a wild party on San Antonio’s River Walk back in the day, elaborated on the evolution of C.O.C.’s original hardcore punk sound to what it is today and shared how he helped James Hetfield through a difficult time in the Metallica vocalist/guitarist’s life during the St. Anger period.
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