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CORROSION OF CONFORMITY – AMPLIFIER BAR

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY
AMPLIFIER BAR
6 February

Photos by Damien Crocker

It’s my first trip to the Amplifier Bar this year and it was to see a band I had not really known much about until the last few weeks of blasting their tunes on Spotify, and that’s Corrosion Of Conformity. Judging from those blasting sessions, I knew this was the gig for me.

The night started with local band GIANT DWARF who warmed us up for the evening well and got us in the mood for some good old fashioned Heavy Metal. I felt like they were hampered by having to place their drums in front of C.O.C’s, because that stage isn’t exactly the biggest in the world, so I would have liked to have been able to see more movement from them on stage but there’s really not much they could do about it without stepping on eachothers toes. Full props to these boys for playing a loud and solid opening set. I was particularly impressed with their Drummer Luke Drag, who was sharp as a thistle throughout the proceedings.

The crowd were ready and set after an hours intermission for a bit of C.O.C and the room was packed to the bloody rafters. Corrosion burst into their set with such passion and energy that it was infectious. The audience were completely with them from the moment of the first note. The first tune of the night was the powerful ‘Seven Days’, which was easily my favorite Corrosion song on my fortnight-long listening sessions of their work. It’s just got such a lean, mean vibe to it and it gets my rocks off. This is a band that is under rated, and I quipped to my mate Jacob ‘These guys have riffs that others bands wish they had thought of first’.

Frontman Pepper Keenan commanded this audience on this night. The whole set was so solid from go to woah, with killer tracks like ‘Paranoid Opioid’, ‘Wolf Named Crow’, ‘Broken Man’ and ‘Albatross’ setting the night alight in such an intense way, these were songs I really enjoyed during my Spotify run with C.O.C, and it was an even bigger treat to hear them live. They were great from start to finish, never relenting on their assault on our eyes and ears.

They ended the night with an encore with the songs ‘Born Again For The Last Time’ followed by ‘Clean My Wounds’ which to me were two of the best tracks of the evening. They were so beloved by the audience that was there on the night, and it makes me feel like I missed out on what could have been 20 years of fandom for a band that clearly deserves more props than they get for the music and performances that they create and do.

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