Apr 9, 2016

Corrosion of Conformity / Mothership - Ottobar

Category: Live Reviews


April 9, 2016


Baltimore, MD


COC Set List:  Bottom Feeder, King of the Rotten, Broken Man, Heaven’s Not Overflowing, Long Whip, Wiseblood, 7 Days, Paranoid Opiod, 13 Angels, Albatross, Stone Breaker, Who’s Got The Fire, Senor Limpio, Vote With A Bullet, Clean My Wounds

 Corrosion of Conformity sold out the Ottobar in Baltimore and their set was a proper mix of familiar classics from the Pepper era of the band.

 Mothership are direct support for this leg of the tour and they destroyed every ear drum in the room with their thick, heavy, sludgy riffs which borrow equally from Black Sabbath and COC collectively.

 When Corrosion took the stage it was pure stoner rock magic!  The crowd was calm for most of the show but once “Albatross” started a large “stoner mosh pit” broke out and if you ever see stoners mosh it’s a tad different than how metal fans do it.  

 I expected a mosh pit for “Vote With A Bullet” because it’s a heavy song; “Albatross” was introduced by Pepper as “A song that’s about getting stoned out of your mind!”

 “Bottom Feeder” was the calm before the storm and a perfect intro for the band to open with.  “King of the Rotten” officially kicked the show off and it was nice to see Pepper fronting the band again because his vocals and added guitar make COC a stronger unit.

 “Who’s Got The Fire” was dedicated to Waylon Jennings who recently passed away, and “Senor Limpio” was added to the encore despite not being part of the set list according to the list on Mike Dean’s side of the stage.

 Sound wise this show was very loud and at times you could not hear Pepper’s vocals BUT the fact that the crowd knew every song made it not matter because all of the crowd knew every song regardless.


 What made this show truly memorable was how enthusiastic the crowd were to see COC and how appreciative COC were that the crowd enjoyed themselves.  The onstage chemistry between band members was tight and everyone was smiling and clearly having fun.

 Pepper announced onstage that COC had recently signed a new record deal with Napalm Records and that there would be a new COC record with Pepper coming soon!

Author: Bob Suehs