Add to Calendar20220312 18:0020220312 23:59:00America/New_YorkMinistry with The Melvins and Corrosion of ConformityDoors open at 6:00 PM. More show details at: https://wellmonttheater.com/shows/ministry-with-helmet-and-front-line-assembly-2/The Wellmont Theater, 5 Seymour St, Montclair, NJ 07042
The Melvins formed in Aberdeen/Montesano, WA in 1983 the founding members were Buzz, Mike Dillard (drums), and ex-Mudhoney bassist Matt Lukin. Buzz, Mike, and Matt all went to high school in Montesano. The name Melvins came from a grocery clerk at the Thriftway in Montesano where King Buzzo served as clerk and vandal. Melvin was the most hated fellow employee and they felt it to be an appropriately ridiculous name.
The Melvins Discography is an exhaustive resource of their many releases. They were on a major label Atlantic Records for three albums, although most would agree they’re not the type of band that would appeal to a major label. They are often quoted as knowing this while they were on the label and just took advantage of the drunken blitz the record companies were on in signing any band connected to a supposed Seattle “grunge” sound. Melvins have also released music on Ipecac Recordings, Boner Records, Alchemy Records, Amphetamine Reptile Records, Alternative Tentacles Records, and numerous others in the manner of 7″s and whatnot.
Melvins have toured with KISS, White Zombie, NIN, L7, Primus, Tool, and Rush, among others and were also on the Ozzfest tour in 98. They toured with a second guitarist at one point David Scott Stone (a great noisician). Former bassist Kevin Rutmanis (1998 – early 2005) used to be in the band Cows, he was also in another Mike Patton project along with Duane Denison of the Jesus Lizard called Tomahawk. If you ever get the chance to see them live be sure to give them gifts, they prefer Cracker Barrel gift certificates.
Corrosion of Conformity (short C.O.C.), one of the first punk metal fusion bands, was founded in North Carolina by guitarist Woody Weatherman in the early 1980s. C.O.C. were known in their early years for their aggressive sound, their clever political lyrics and their willingness to turn away from hardcore and metal conventions. Their shift to a more essential and reduced sound (kind of a deep-South Black Sabbath) in the 1990s brought them closer to the alternative metal zeitgeist and gave them some favors within the mainstream scene.
C.O.C.’s debut was the 1983 thrashy and BLACK FLAG influenced “Eye For An Eye”, which brought the lineup Weatherman, drummer Reed Mullin*, vocalist Eric Eycke and bassist Mike Dean to the screen for the first time. They laid the first stone of their cult after the 1985 release “Animosity”. However, their former label did’nt cope with the band’s internal instability – Eycke had to be replaced by Simon Bob – and gave them up after “Technocracy” (1987). It took several years until a new lineup could come together – with Weatherman, guitarist Pepper Keenan, Mullin, vocalist Karl Agell and bassist Phil Swisher – but it finally resulted in the release of “Blind” (1991), a powerful, focused, metallic record which significantly increased their audience. Agell got fired after this success and later founded LEADFOOT with Swisher; meanwhile, Keenan became full-time vocalist on the even more Sabbath inspired “Deliverance” (1994) which also saw the return of original bassist Mike Dean. In 1995, Keenan made a short detour to the southern metal supergroup DOWN (also featuring PANTERA’s Phil Anselmo and members of CROWBAR).
Thanks to a change in popular taste in favor of the ultra heavy side of alternative metal which helped the band getting established, C.O.C. found a bigger fan base than ever before with the release of “Wiseblood” (1996), expanding their rock radio success even further. After a long break from recording and a tour with METALLICA, C.O.C. came back in autumn 2000 with a new album entitled “America’s Volume Dealer”. Another break followed, where they delivered the live album “Live Volume” in 2001. The band came back only in April 2005 for the harsh and complex “In the Arms of God”. C.O.C. had another break (members were involved in several side projects) until 2010, when drummer Reed Mullin rejoined the band, reviving the lineup of “Animosity” while Pepper Keenan stayed with his other band DOWN. The remaining trio started to work on new material and released the eponymous eighth record “Corrosion of Conformity” in 2012. Their ninth album, wisely named IX, came out in 2014.
Rumors keep saying that the legendary southern rock band would one day reunite to blast the scene once again. Ladies and gentlemen, the waiting comes to an end. CORROSION OF CONFORMITY are back with “No Cross No Crown” – an album that lets one think, no time passed between “In The Arms Of God” and today.” ~ Nuclear Blast Records
* Reed Mullin passed away on January 27, 2020. Fly on Reed.
About Ministry with The Melvins and Corrosion of Conformity
All tickets for 7/17/20, 4/16/21, and 10/16/21 will be honored for this rescheduled date.
The Industrial Strength Tour
Celebrating 30 years of Ministry’s iconic record “The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste.”
Born in 1981 in Chicago, Ministry has been the lifetime passion project of founder Al Jourgensen, considered to be the pioneer of industrial music. In its early days, Ministry was identifiable by its heavy synth-pop material in line with the new sounds and technology that were being developed in the ‘80s. Ministry’s output began with four 12” singles on Wax Trax! Records in 1981 before the first LP With Sympathy in 1983 via Arista Records. As time progressed however, so did Ministry, quickly developing a harsher, and more stylized sound that the band soon became infamous for on seminal albums Twitch (1986), The Land of Rape and Honey (1988), and The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste (1989). With the release of Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and The Way to Suck Eggs (1992), Ministry hit an all time high in the mainstream musical realm and received its first Grammy nomination. In total, Ministry has been nominated for a Grammy award six times. After an indefinite hiatus in 2013, Ministry’s 2018 album, AmeriKKKant, continues to reflect Jourgensen’s views on the frightening state of society and politics. The latest lineup features Sin Quirin and Cesar Soto on guitars, John Bechdel (Killing Joke) on keys and Paul D’Amour (Tool) on bass,