Sat Jun 23 2012

8:00 PM - 1:30 AM (Doors 8:00 PM)

Middle East - Downstairs

472 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge, MA 02139

$23.00

Ages 18+

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Saturday, March 23 | The Middle East Downstairs

Thrasher presents:

Corrosion of Conformity
Torche
Black Cobra
Gaza

18+
8:00 PM doors
Tickets are $20 in advance and $23 day of show
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*** Advance ticket sales typically stop one hour before doors open day of show (at DAY OF SHOW price). Any remaining tickets will be available after doors open -- CASH ONLY. Headliners always go on later than openers, and all set times are subject to change without notice. Set times are announced day of show, and are available by calling the Middle East Box Office -- (617) 864-3278 -- dial *(star)100 for a recorded listing, or ext. 221 for questions.

VALID I.D. is required for entry to ALL 18+ and 21+ events. All ticket holders will be carded regardless of apparent age. NO I.D.=  NO ENTRY, NO EXCEPTIONS.

Ticket valid for 20% OFF your meal, day of show, at the Middle East!

Thrasher presents
Corrosion of Conformity
Torche, Black Cobra, Gaza

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  • Corrosion of Conformity

    Corrosion of Conformity

    Heavy Metal

    Founded by three teenagers in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1982, Corrosion of Conformity began as an underground band and went on to transform heavy music, challenging boundaries and serving as what Decibel Magazine called “a crucial stylistic lynchpin in the bridge between metal and punk” that “irrevocably reshaped crossover’s sonic possibilities.”

    Thirty years and many changes later, COC’s original trio is back with a self-titled release for London-based independent Candlelight Records.

    “Corrosion of Conformity isn’t a comeback album or an example of diminishing returns,” Invisible Oranges observed. “It’s a testament to immense talent and the elusive endowment of staying power.”

    In the summer of 2010, COC’s founding members—bassist/vocalist Mike Dean, drummer/vocalist Reed Mullin and guitarist Woody Weatherman—gathered at Weatherman’s farm in Virginia to get to work again after a five-year hiatus. With longtime vocalist/guitarist Pepper Keenan busy working with metal supergroup Down back home in New Orleans, COC began playing together as a three-piece for the first time since the mid-1980s.

    That’s the same lineup behind 1985’s Animosity, widely considered a crossover classic. While the trio re-visited songs from that album and 1987’s Technocracy, this was not just an exercise in nostalgia, and they soon began writing new material.

    “It was a little strange at first but pretty quickly it felt like we hadn’t missed a beat,” recalled Dean.

    After touring the U.S. and Europe with bands including Goatsnake and Clutch, and appearances at festivals like Deathfest and Roadburn,, COC joined with longtime producer John Custer in early 2011 to begin recording what would be the band’s first release since 2005’s critically acclaimed In the Arms of God, which featured Stanton Moore of Galactic on the drums filling in for an injured Mullin. COC recorded all 11 tracks at Dave Grohl's Studio 606 in Los Angeles with help from Foo Fighters' engineer John Lousteau.

    During the sessions, Custer commented on COC’s uncanny ability when in the studio to “behave as a single organism.”

    Corrosion of Conformity was officially released on February 28, 2012, with artwork that features a revamp of the band’s iconic spiked-skull logo by Seldon Hunt (Melvins, High on Fire). Critics and fans alike have greeted it warmly.

    Corrosion of Conformity not only brings back one of heavy rock’s most seminal and defining bands, but it pushes that band into new ground it’s never yet known,” observed The Obelisk. “The achievement is substantial, the performances crisp, the production clear but organic, but sure enough, these elements and the varied aesthetic of the band come together to create something wholly stronger than its parts.”

    Corrosion of Conformity is the band’s first release with Candlelight, which has also hosted bands including Opeth and Orange Goblin. “Animosity is one of my favorite records ever,” said Candlelight’s Steve Beatty. “To have COC on Candlelight with that line-up is simply mouthwatering.”

    The band plans to embark on a world tour starting in the United States in March 2012, including three performances at this year's SXSW Music Conference in Austin. Joining them for most of those U.S. dates will be Torche, Valient Thorr and A Storm of Light—a lineup that Dean noted is “really compatible without every band doing the same thing.” COC will then head to Europe and the UK with Black Cobra and Zoroaster.

    The original members of COC are excited to be working together again.

    “Mike, Woody and I essentially learned how to play music together and cultivated our own style, sound, and unspoken language,” said Mullin. “Re-bonding with them musically has been the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me.”

  • Torche

    Torche

    Heavy Metal

    After the breakup of Floor in 2004, Torche vocalist/guitarist Steve Brooks decided to carry on the thundering tradition of his former band, recruiting guitarist Juan Montoya (also formerly of Floor), drummer Rick Smith, and bassist Jonathan Nu??ez. This lineup evolved the sonic template Brooks had created with Floor into a lush and more fully realized sound. In 2005, the Miami, FL four-piece released their eponymous debut on Robotic Empire, introducing the world to a new brand of doom/stoner metal that replaces the bleakness and despair typical of the genre with a more triumphant and anthemic sound: the heavy metal equivalent of Chariots of Fire. Combining de-tuned, droning guitars reminiscent of doom luminaries Earth and Sunn 0))) with soaring, harmonic vocals, Torche created a new take on the genre that is best described as "doom pop." After the album's release, the band began extensive cross-country touring, sharing bills with the Sword, Mouth of the Architect, Jesu, Isis, and Mogwai. In March of 2007, Torche released a remastered version of their self-titled album featuring the bonus track "Make Me Alive." In the summer of 2007, Torche released the beautifully packaged EP In Return on Robotic Empire, featuring a jacket designed by John Baizley of Baroness. Late in 2007, the band announced that they had finished recording their second album, Meanderthal, which was slated for a spring 2008 release. ~ Gregory Heaney, Rovi

  • Black Cobra

    Black Cobra

    Heavy Metal

    After logging several years of experience with sludge metal icons Cavity and doom prognosticators Acid King, among other bands, New York-based vocalist and guitarist Jason Landrian and L.A.-based drummer Rafael Martinez began working in 2001 on a new project that would ultimately become known as Black Cobra. An eponymous EP eventually saw the light of day in 2004, followed by the full-length Bestial in 2006 and mini-album Feather and Stone in 2007, by which time the duo had developed into a vicious, super-distorted heavy metal machine reminiscent of Mastodon and High on Fire. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia, Rovi

  • Gaza

    Gaza

    Heavy Metal

    The sound of extremity defined, Salt Lake City's Gaza performs an unpredictable mixture of metal, sludge, and grindcore, which could very well be termed "progressive" due to its highly technical and innately unconventional approach. Introduced to mere mortals via 2006's bludgeoning and audacious Metal Blade debut I Don't Care Where I Go When I Die, the music's sense of dark mystery is further enhanced by players who prefer to keep their names and instruments anonymous. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia, Rovi

Thrasher presents

Corrosion of Conformity
Torche, Black Cobra, Gaza

Sat Jun 23 2012 8:00 PM - 1:30 AM

(Doors 8:00 PM)

Middle East - Downstairs Cambridge MA
Corrosion of Conformity, Torche, Black Cobra, Gaza
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$23.00 Ages 18+

Saturday, March 23 | The Middle East Downstairs

Thrasher presents:

Corrosion of Conformity
Torche
Black Cobra
Gaza

18+
8:00 PM doors
Tickets are $20 in advance and $23 day of show
-----
*** Advance ticket sales typically stop one hour before doors open day of show (at DAY OF SHOW price). Any remaining tickets will be available after doors open -- CASH ONLY. Headliners always go on later than openers, and all set times are subject to change without notice. Set times are announced day of show, and are available by calling the Middle East Box Office -- (617) 864-3278 -- dial *(star)100 for a recorded listing, or ext. 221 for questions.

VALID I.D. is required for entry to ALL 18+ and 21+ events. All ticket holders will be carded regardless of apparent age. NO I.D.=  NO ENTRY, NO EXCEPTIONS.

Ticket valid for 20% OFF your meal, day of show, at the Middle East!