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The Rock World Reacts To The Death Of Reed Mullin

Members of Machine Head, Stone Sour and Faith No More pay tribute to Corrosion Of Conformity’s Reed Mullin

Early this morning (January 28) news broke that Corrosion Of Conformity drummer Reed Mullin had passed away at 53.

“It’s with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to a friend, a brother and pioneer,” read a post from the band. “Reed you are love and always will be. Lets all take a minute…”

Forming Corrosion Of Conformity in 1982 with Woody Weatherman and Mike Dean, Reed left an impact on fans and artists alike, with his ferocious drumming cementing COC’s trademark crossover sound.

“Very sad to hear about Reed,” said Machine Head’s Robb Flynn. “SUPER nice guy, fantastic drummer. MH toured with C.O.C. back in 97 and he was great dude to hang with. Their album Animosity and especially the song Loss For Words blew my mind back in the day. Blind will be in heavy rotation tmro. Rest In Peace brutha.”

“What an amazing drummer,” added Stone Sour drummer Ray Mayorga. “He was definitely an influence and had a huge impact on myself and so many others. I remember the first time seeing him crush those drums so fast and so powerful. He was EPIC!”

Arch Enemy’s Michael Amott said, “Rest in Peace Reed. Legendary underground music drummer of the 80s US hardcore scene. As his band crossed over into Metal/Rock (and then back into punk!) he was always crushing it behind the drums. One of the friendliest dudes too. This sucks.”

You can read more tributes from across the world of rock and metal below, including Randy Blythe, Faith No More, Fu Manchu, Devin Townsend and COC’s former label boss Brian Slagel.

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I got the sad news last night that my friend Reed Mullin passed away. Reed was the drummer for one of my all-time favorite bands, Corrosion of Conformity, & he is also one of the reasons I am a singer in a band today. Back in 1985, C.O.C. put out their ground-breaking hardcore crossover record, “Animosity” & from the first time I heard it I loved it- I wore that freaking tape out. My favorite track on that album is one Reed sang, “Hungry Child.” One day I was going skateboarding with some older dudes in Wilmington, NC (I was around 15 years old at the time) & we were in a car driving to the spot- someone threw “Animosity” into the cassette deck. When “Hungry Child” came on, I started singing along. The driver turned around & said “Damn, kid- you can actually sing like that. You should be in a band one day.” That was the first time anyone had ever told me that, I never forgot it, & I never will. If you listen to the way I scream at times, & you listen to “Hungry Child” you’ll hear Reed in the way I do it. I told Reed that story many years later, after we had become friends, & he was super stoked. Reed was an O.G. punk rocker from the American South, a place where it wasn’t easy to be different in back in the day. He booked shows for other bands who came through Raleigh, NC, & was super important to the development of the hardcore scene in general. I met him for the first time in an airport when he came up to me & said “Nice shirt!” (I was wearing a C.O.C. one)- we became friends, I got to interview him for my radio show, & I even sang in his super group, Teenage Time Killers. Once in the 80’s my brother & I went to go see C.O.C.- my brother didn’t have enough money to buy a t-shirt, so Reed (who was selling merch after the gig) traded him one for the Black Flag t-shirt he was wearing- that’s the kinda dude he was. Reed also played at the hands-down greatest gig I ever saw- Bad Brains, C.O.C., & Leeway in VA Beach in the 80’s. I took this photo when my band took out C.O.C. on tour- we played freaking Red Rocks on that run- not too shabby for two dirt bag punk rockers from the South. Rest In Peace, Reed- you’re a legend & an influence & I’ll miss ya, bro.

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Posted on January 28th 2020, 11:18am
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