As I was preparing for my almost 3 hour drive to the V Club in Huntington WV to cover Corrosion Of Conformity. I was wondering who might want to go with me on short notice and one person came to mind, Metal Nexus’ own Axe. So about an hour into my drive I picked him and away we went. Traveling in and out of rain showers we talked all things rock and roll, concerts, bands, venues even listened to a little rock and roll. Well, it may have been more than a little listening! I have heard of the V club but this was my first visit and I’m sure not my last. Very cool venue and a great place to catch a live show.
Both opening acts are home town bands. First on stage was 4OHM MONO a hard hitting quartet with a heavy sound. The band has a truly ambient sound that really sweeps you off your feet. John Lancaster’s vocals are soothing and have an almost grunge like feel at times. Their sound matches well with Corrosion Of Conformity and was a great addition to this lineup. Their songs have intense tempo changes and go from soothing to breakdown in the blink of an eye. If you haven’t yet heard the bands new track “Dead Calm Dwellers” (Listen to it here now) from their upcoming EP ‘Dissonant Praises’ I suggest you check it out. It’s one of those songs that will instantly make you a fan. Get out and see this band anytime they play, they are truly another unique West Virginia band that is keeping music alive and well.
Signals were next on stage, also a heavy hitting quartet but minus a singer. I know what you’re thinking, how did that work? Well, it worked! Of course instrumental bands are no stranger to the Mountaineer state or even The V Club for that matter. West Virginian’s Karma To Burn have long been one of the premier instrumental bands not only in the Wild and Wonderful state but in all of music; and let me tell you now Signals is certainly making headway to become the kings of instrumental music. Also opening for The Obsessed previously the band has a unique style that doesn’t leave you craving vocals. Their stage presence and electric paced style keeps your heart pounding and your horns in the air.
The reason I drove three hours and the rest of this crowd was here was about to take the V Club stage, Corrosion of Conformity. C.O.C. took the stage and for the next hour with very little interruption ripped through their set. One that included major hits from their vast discography like “13 Angels”, “Albatross” and my personal favorite song from 1991 “Vote With A Bullet”. Pepper Keenan, Woody Weatherman, Mike Dean and Reed Mullin performed these songs to perfection! The V Club crowd loved every minute of this stellar performance! The band had previously been touring as a trio while Pepper was on tour with Down, but now that he is back at the helm of this ship they are on top of their game. Woody slays his old and worn ESP, Reed slams on his kit with his long blonde locks flailing through the air and Mike Dean adds a major dose of funk with his bass playing style. The 4 piece C.O.C. are alive, and kicking ass. Pepper spoke a minute about the new album the band has coming out then closed the show with the extremely popular “Clean My Wounds”. C.O.C. wrap up their tour on September 15th in Detroit at the Fillmore, after a short run of dates with Danzig and a few off dates. Hopefully soon we will be getting more info on the upcoming album and alas more tour dates.
This was a great way to spend a rainy Wednesday evening in West Virginia!