Corrosion of Conformity rolled into Limerick on Tuesday night (23rd October 2018), to lay siege to the southern Irish city for the first time in their career. Stopping off as part of their three-date 'No Cross No Crown' Irish trek (which also includes shows in Dublin and Belfast), the North Carolina band thrilled the packed out Dolan's Warehouse.
Mixing up the set with tracks from right across their Pepper Keenan-fronted catalogue - from fan favourites to surprising deep cuts - the Southern metal stalwarts heavy sound ignited the intimate audience in the sweaty venue.
Kicking off with a brace of new tracks from 'No Cross No Crown', in instrumental appetiser 'Novus Deus' before bleeding straight into a pulverising 'The Luddite', C.O.C pulled no punches from the off, with their hard hitting, no nonsense sound.
Greeting the crowd, Keenan asked; "Limerick, you guys like heavy shit?", before raising the roof with the first track of the evening from their classic 1995 release 'Deliverance', in a truly ferocious 'Seven Days'.
With Limerick the second stop on the brief Irish run, Keenan was keen to point out that the band were glad to have finally made it to the Shannonside town. Said Pepper; "Man, we're stoked. We've never been here. Me and Woody [Weatherman] keep bitchin' at the Irish promoters because we want more Irish shows", adding simply; "We love it here!"
With temperatures rising, guitarist Woody Weatherman quipped; "Is this Florida, man, or Ireland?", before fittingly launching into an incendiary 'Who's Got The Fire' - one of a handful of tracks from underrated 2000 release 'America's Volume Dealer'.
Rounding out the evening with the "appropriate every four years or so" 'Vote With A Bullet', an obligatory 'Albatross', led into an extended jam through encore 'Clean My Wounds', - during which Keenan couldn't resist interjecting with a humerous "There once was a man from Nantucket..." limerick.
Corrosion of Conformity play Belfast's Limelight on Wednesday night (24th October 2018), before heading to the U.K. to team up with Orange Goblin for a co-headline run. For a full list of dates, see below.
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Corrosion of Conformity with Orange Goblin 2018 U.K. Dates.
26/10 Engine Rooms - Southampton
27/10 The Institute - Birmingham
28/10 Rock City - Nottingham
30/10 The Ritz - Manchester
01/11 O2 ABC - Glasgow
02/11 The Plug - Sheffield
03/11 Cardiff University Great Hall - Cardiff
04/11 The Forum - London