Remembering Reed Mullin, Drummer for Corrosion of Conformity (1966-2020)

So far, 2020 has been a cruel mistress as the reaper has claimed several giants of the drumming world. One that hits us particularly hard is the sudden death of Wiliam “Reed” Mullin of Corrosion of Conformity, at the young age of 53. Reed was not only a stellar drummer and musician, but he was also almost universally loved by the Hardcore Punk, Thrash Metal, Doom and Stoner Rock community, which is both amazing and insane. It just goes to show the talent Reed had and the breadth of different styles he helped encompass with C.O.C. Equal to his impact on record and behind the drumkit and the microphone, Mullin impacted a ton of people in the scene with his kindness and sense of humor. Continue reading

Teenage Time Killers Book One-Off Show For September

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Teenage Time Killers, the supergroup put together by Mick Murphy (My Ruin) and Reed Mullen (COC) is putting on a one-off all-star concert in Los Angeles on September 12th. Featuring many of the big names that make up each of the tracks of Greatest Hits Vol 1, (Rise Records) taking the stage with Murphy and Mullen will be Randy Blythe, Corey Taylor, Neil Fallon, Lee Ving, Tommy Victor, Vic Bondi, Phil Rind, Ron Beam, Tony Foresta, Clifford Dinsmore, Tairrie B. Murphy, Jonny Webber, Greg Anderson, Pat “Atom Bomb” Loed, Karl Agell, and Trenton Rogers. Tickets are already on sale at this link:

 

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ALBUM REVIEW: Teenage Time Killers – Greatest Hits Vol.1

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Have you ever heard an album so good you thought it was made just for you? Like someone reached into the great boombox in your brain and pulled out just what you wanted to hear? Well, Greatest Hits Vol. 1 (Rise Records) by Teenage Time Killers is that album for me. If you have yearned for some new tunes to come along and kick your ass back to 1988, then this music is for you. Masterminded by Mick Murphy (My Ruin, and Reed Mullen (Corrosion of Conformity), the core band is rounded out by the ubiquitous Dave Grohl and chipping in everything except lead vocals and Greg Anderson (Sunn O)))/Goatsnake) and his mighty axe. In addition to a cavalcade of former and current stars from across punk and metal, it’s an ambitious attempt to turn the idea of a supergroup on its head.

Certainly, a lot of hype has gone on about the assembled players, especially the vocalists. If you re thinking of Grohl’s Probot project, you are not far off. That was Grohl paying tribute to his metal heroes. TTK is all about paying tribute to a certain mindset. An era when writing fun, smart songs that hit you where you live was the norm. Mullen has put his distinctive angry yelp on many C.O.C. albums and does a fine job here on the opening track ‘Exploder’ and on ‘The Dead Hand’. ‘Exploder’ is just a classic punk track with all the whoa-oh-ohs you can handle. Second track ‘Crowned by the Light of The Sun’ sounds like an early-era Clutch song and thus Neil Fallon is right at home singing over some stone grooves. The most blistering track here is the thrash/punk ‘Hung Out To Dry’. Randy Blythe (Lamb of God) just slays the track with his parts.

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Following these first salvos the rest of the album is a tad uneven in a few places, but on repeated listens the entire thing holds together well. Jello Biafra is predictably pissed off in the too-short ‘Ode to Hannity’. ‘Barrio’ featuring Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio/Blink 182 has the second-best track on the album. It’s another fun old-school sing-a-long that is both fun and political. Mike IX (EyeHateGod), Tommy Victor (Prong/Danzig) and Tairrie B. Murphy (My Ruin) anchor the three of the remaining real standout tracks. While it’s great to have an album in 2015 with Lee Ving (Fear), Karl Agel (COC Blind/King Hitter) and Phil Rind (Sacred Reich) altogether, at times you wish the tracks were a little stronger. Although a little short of total greatness for all the meaningful names, Teenage Time Killers backed up having the stones to call this album Greatest Hits Vol 1.

 

8.0/10

KEITH CHACHKES

Tairrie B Drops New Lyric Video, Vintage Curses Album Due In August

Tarrie B photo by Gary Banfield, Tour Bus Live

Tairrie B photo by Gary Banfield, Tour Bus Live

Tairrie B (My Ruin, The LVRS, Teenage Time Killers) has released her first single from her return to hip-hop after a 20-plus year hiatus. ‘Beware the Crone’ dropped this week, as the first salvo from her new album Vintage Curses, releasing on August 14th. The track is a spooky slice of music, marked with her classic wordplay and deft rhyming skills. You can hear the song and watch the lyric video at this link or below:

 

 

The official video for ‘Beware The Crone’ is out on June 15th and was directed by Tairrie B herself. The track was co-produced by The Covenant (Tairrie B, Mick Murphy & Josh Lynch from Weapons of Mass Production) and can be downloaded for FREE www.tairrieb.bandcamp.com or Tairrie’s new website www.houseofcapricorn.com which officially launches on August 15th.

 

Tairrie was a ground-breaking West Coast rapper, and signed to CompTown/Ruthless Records in the late 80s. As a protegé to NWA’s Eazy-E, she released her critical and commercial smash The Power of A Woman album in 1990. Tairrie helped influence a generation of female artists across several different genres, a feat few artists can claim.

 

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Teenage Time Killers Issue More Info On Greatest Hits Vol 1

Photo credit: Tairrie B Murphy

Photo credit: Tairrie B Murphy

Teenage Time Killers will be releasing their long awaited release Greatest Hits Vol 1 on July 31, 2015 via Rise Records. The brainchild of Corrosion of Conformity drummer Reed Mullin, guitarist Mick Murphy (My Ruin, The Birds of Satan) and producer John “Lou” Lousteau, the project has released a track listing along with a breakdown of guest credits. All instrumental tracks on Greatest Hits Vol. 1 were recorded at Dave Grohl‘s 606 Studios in Northridge, California. The album was produced by Lousteau, Mullin and Murphy, engineered and mixed by Lousteau at 606 Studios.

Stream “Barrio” (with Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio) and “Hung Out To Dry” (with Randy Blythe of Lamb Of God) below.

01. “Exploder”
Vocals: Reed Mullin
Featuring Pat Hoed (Bass), London May (Drums)

02. “Crowned By The Light Of The Sun”
Vocals: Neil Fallon
Featuring Jim Rota (Guitar), Dave Grohl (Bass)

03. “Hung Out to Dry”
Vocals: Randy Blythe
Featuring Mike Schaefer (Guitar), Dave Grohl (Bass)

04. “Power Outage”
Vocals: Clifford Dinsmore
Featuring Dave Grohl (Bass)

05. “Ode to Hannity”
Vocals: Jello Biafra
Featuring Mike Dean (Bass)

06. “Barrio”
Vocals: Matt Skiba
Featuring Brian Baker (Guitar)

07. “The Dead Hand”
Vocals: Reed Mullin
Featuring Woody Weatherman (Guitar), Dave Grohl (Bass)

08. “Egobomb”
Vocals: Corey Taylor
Featuring Dave Grohl (Bass)

09. “Plank Walk”
Vocals: Pete Stahl
Featuring Greg Anderson (Guitar), Dave Grohl (Bass)

10. “Time To Die”
Vocals: Mike IX Williams
Featuring Greg Anderson (Guitar)

11. “Days Of Degradation”
Vocals: Tommy Victor
Featuring Dave Grohl (Bass)

12. “Clawhoof”
Vocals: Tairrie B. Murphy
Featuring Dave Grohl (Bass)

13. “Big Money”
Vocals: Lee Ving
Featuring Pat Smear (Guitar & Bass), London May (Drums)

14. “Devil In This House”
Vocals: Karl Agell
Featuring Dave Grohl (Bass)

15. “Say Goodnight To The Acolyte”
Vocals: Phil Rind
Featuring Jason Browning (Guitar), Dave Grohl (Bass)

16. “Ignorant People”
Vocals: Tony Foresta
Featuring Greg Anderson (Guitar), Nick Oliveri (Bass)

17. “Son Of An Immigrant”
Vocals: Johnny Weber
Featuring Brian Baker (Guitar)

18. “Your Empty Soul”
Vocals: Aaron Beam

19. “Bleeding To Death”
Vocals: Vic Bondi
Featuring Dave Grohl (Bass)

20. “Teenage Time Killer”
Vocals: Trenton Rogers
Featuring Greg Anderson (Guitar), Pat Hoed (Bass)

Tairrie B To Release First Hip-Hop Album In Over 20 Years

Tairrie B with My Ruin, photo by Brianna Norton

Tairrie B with My Ruin, photo by Brianna Norton

In a series of posts to Facebook, Tairrie B. Murphy, aka Tairrie B has revealed that she is working on her first full-length solo-album of original hip-hop music in over 20 years, titled Vintage Curses, planned for release as a Free Mixtape. No release date or other information is available at this time. Before her long and acclaimed career as a rock and metal artist with bands she has led such as Manhole (later Tura Satana), and My Ruin, Tairrie was a ground-breaking West Coast rapper, and signed to CompTown/Ruthless Records in the late 80s. As a protege to NWA’s Eazy-E, she released her critical and commercial smash The Power of A Woman album in 1990. Tairrie helped influence a generation of female artists across several different genres, a feat few artists can claim. Since shifting gears into heavy music in the early 90s, Tairrie has remained consistent with her album releases and touring since, while staying true to her roots while occasionally releasing rap singles, covers and collaborations, as well as her poetry project with her husband Mick Murphy, The LVRS. Tairrie will also appear on a project with Mick, the all-star Teenage Time Killers (Rise Records). On the future of My Ruin, she remarked:

“My Ruin‬ is not over. As long as we are together, we will always be a band and if or when the time is right to play a show, tour or make another record again, we will. In the meantime, Mick has a few things he is busy working on behind the scenes and I am currently conjuring various elements and images to accompany my upcoming release which is coming soon.”

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My Ruin’s last release was The Sacred Mood in 2013, and the band spent time touring Western Europe in 2014 to support that album.

Teenage Time Killer Releasing ‘Teenage Time Killer – Greatest Hits Vol 1’ In Early 2015

Photo credit: Tairrie B Murphy

Photo credit: Tairrie B Murphy

Teenage Time Killers, a supergroup led by Corrosion of Conformity drummer Reed Mullin, guitarist Mick Murphy (My Ruin/Chevy Metal/Birds of Satan) and producer John “Lou” Lousteau, they will release their debut full length release Teenage Time Killers – Greatest Hits Vol 1 via Rise Records in early 2015. The record was mastered by Bill Stevenson (Descendents, Black Flag, Only Crime).

The record features a who’s who list of guests who participated on this record. Guest artists (in no particular order) include:

Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters/Nirvana)
Greg Anderson (Goatsnake/Sunn O)
Vic Bondi (Articles of Faith)
Phil Rind (Sacred Reich)
Jason Browning (Righteous Fool & HR)
Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour)
Neil Fallon (Clutch)
Jim Rota (Fireball Ministry)
Tommy Victor (Prong/Danzig)
Jello Biafra (Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, Dead Kennedys)
Mike Dean (COC)
Woody Weatherman (COC)
Karl Agell (COC/King Hitter)
Clifford Dinsmore (BL’AST!)
Tairrie B. Murphy (My Ruin)
Pete Stahl (Scream/Goatsnake)
Matt Skiba (Alkaline Trio)
Brian Baker (Minor Threat/Bad Religion)
Pat Hoed (Brujeria/Nip Drivers)
London May (Samhain/Danzig Legacy/Tiger Army/Son of Sam)
Randy Blythe (Lamb of God)
Mike Schafer (Blatant Disarray)
Aaron Beam (Red Fang)
Lee Ving (Fear)
Pat Smear (Foo Fighters/Nirvana/Germs)
Mike “IX” Williams (Eyehategod)
Nick Oliveri (Kyuss/Queens of the Stone Age)
Tony Foresta (Municipal Waste/Iron Reagan)
Trenton Rogers (Chaotic Justice)
Johnny Weber (The Ghost of Saturday Night)

 

Reed Mullin’s Teenage Time Killer Sign With Rise Records

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Teenage Time Killer, an all star project headed by Corrosion of Conformity’s Mike Dean and Reed Mullin, has reportedly signed a record deal with Rise Records. The name was taken from a Rudimentary Peni song. The instrumental parts for the upcoming CD were recorded at Dave Grohl’s (FOO FIGHTERS, NIRVANA) Studio 606 in Northridge, California on the famous Sound City mixing board, which was the central focus of Grohl’s acclaimed “Sound City: Real To Reel” documentary. The effort was mastered by Bill Stevenson (THE DESCENDENTS, BLACK FLAG).

Reported artists who have contributed to the project include:

Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God)
Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters)
Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour)
Neil Fallon (Clutch)
Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys)
Lee Ving (Fear)
Tommy Victor (Prong)
Nick Oliveri (Mondo Generator, ex-Queens Of The Stone Age/Kyuss)
Aaron Beam (Red Fang)
Pete Stahl (Scream, Goatsnake)
Greg Anderson (SUNN O))), Goatsnake)
Karl Agell (ex-Corrosion Of Conformity)
Tairrie B Murphy (My Ruin)
Mick Murphy (My Ruin)
Vic Bondi (Articles Of Faith)
Clifford Dinsmore (BL’AST!)
Pat Hoed (Brujeria)
Max Cavalera (Soulfly)
Tony Foresta (Municipal Waste/Iron Reagan)
Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein (The Misfits)
Keith Morris (Black Flag, etc.)
Phil Rind (Sacred Reich)

Asked if there are any plans for TEENAGE TIME KILLER to go on the road in support of the upcoming CD, Mullin told INDY Week: “Touring, I don’t know. Dave Grohl’s folks — his management and marketing people — are going to help us do all that with the thing. We recorded about 98 percent of it at his studio. They were talking about — since there’s so many people from so many different bands — maybe do something like ‘[Jimmy] Kimmel [Live!]’ and have three or four different singers come out at one time, like Jello and Lee Ving, maybe Randy from LAMB OF GOD, something like that. All the songs are real short, so we could do, easily, four songs and not go over. But you know, we’d have Brian Baker come out and play guitar, Pat Smear play bass or guitar or whatever. It’s pretty star-studded.”

He added: “It sounds really organic. It sounds like we — the people that we associated with for the different songs — wrote the songs together.”

My Ruin – Sanctorium -Extreme O.D. -Nomad: Live at Sound Control, Manchester, UK

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Tonight Manchester welcomes one of rock’s most outspoken characters in Tairrie B., despite her reputation for being a firebrand who provokes controversy and debate in many circles, My Ruin’s front-woman clearly still inspires many, male and female, to rage against the societal ills of sexism and homophobia. Bringing with them three capable support acts there is the feeling of anticipation and celebration on this rainy Tuesday night.

Nomad keep it tight, groovy and full of soul. Vocalist Drian snarls through the likes of ‘Burn The Water’ with a confident assurance that is only gained from a steady work rate of playing every dive bar going while drummer Hayley McIntyre anchors the muscular rhythms with a powerful backbeat.

Steadily gaining a loyal following through determination and hard work Nomad is one of the more rich prospects in the fertile UK scene right now.

Quite the contrast to her vicious death growls, Extreme O.D.’s Katie Cairns is all smiles in between songs clearly loving every moment of tonight’s performance. Laying down a set of vicious double kick and neck breaking riffs. It’s a feeling mirrored by the audience who lap up everything Cairns and co have to offer.

Sanctorium’s tight exuberant groove metal recalls the work of Lamb Of God and Chimaria. The undercurrent of savagery recalls many of the early noughties Roadrunner bands but while they remain a tight outfit they offer precious little in the way of surprises.

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Tairrie B. and company enter to an enthusiastic response. Sure the venue is only half full but the assembled throng makes more than enough noise to supplement the lack of bodies.

Crashing into ‘Monolith Of Wrath’, My Ruin channel the spit and sawdust vitriol of Black Flag and Black Sabbath with husband Mick Murphy doling out slabs of discordant hostility.

 

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Ms B. is in a jovial mood,  snarling through a triumphant rendition of ‘Digging For Ghosts’.

 

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The feeling of celebration is tangible not least as this is, at least for now, My Ruin’s final jaunt this side of the pond. Girls and guys alike flock towards the stage raising their fists and voices to the paint stripping intense cover of Mudhoney classic ‘Touch Me I’m Sick’ and a raucous ‘God Is A Girl With A Butcher Knife’. A My Ruin gig is a full contact sport where the intensity of the performance is only mirrored by the reaction of their devoted fanbase.

 

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‘Beauty Fiend’ ends a sermon of black clad blasphemy with Tairrie thanking the fans for their support before sweeping off stage. If this is truly My Ruin’s swansong appearance in the UK then they went out with all the guts, desire and raw power that they have always possessed.

My Ruin Set List:

Monolith of Wrath

Long Dark Night

Heretic Dreams

Diggin for Ghosts

Moriendo Renascor

The Devil Walks

Touch Me I’m Sick

(Mudhoney cover)

The Harsh Light of Day

Burn The Witch

Excommunicated

God Is a Girl With a Butcher Knife

Heartsick

Del Riche

Made to Measure

Blasphemous Girl

Beauty Fiend

 

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WORDS: ROSS BAKER

PHOTOS: BRIANA NORTON (with permission from My Ruin)