Corrosion of Conformity

Six Songs with Mike Singing: 1985

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As the title suggests, this EP -- released after Corrosion of Conformity's debut Eye for an Eye -- features Mike Dean taking over vocal duties for the departed Eric Eycke. The bassist does a fine job pulling double duty, actually making a minor improvement over Eycke's erratic punk styling. Signaling the band's movement towards a heavier sound, Six Songs with Mike Singing is tighter and thicker-sounding than the group's debut. On this release, Dean, drummer Reed Mullin, and guitarist Woody Weatherman match their 1985 breakout recording, Animosity, in thematic and textural muscle. Originally distributed in 1984, Caroline Records inserted Six Songs with Mike Singing on the 1989 re-release of Eye for an Eye. Serious fans of C.O.C.'s early work must include this short but fierce effort before considering their collection complete.

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