CORROSION OF CONFORMITY went into the studio several weeks ago and recorded a brand new track, provisionally entitled "The Unholy", for inclusion on the band's upcoming album, tentatively due sometime in 2003.
The recording in question was premiered last Friday via the Raleigh, North Carolina's radio station WKNC 88.1 FM, where bassist Mike Dean appeared as a guest.
"We've been trying to record some new songs around [guitarist/vocalist] Pepper [Keenan]'s Ozzfest schedule [with DOWN]," Dean told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "['The Unholy' is] the one song that we've completed [so far].
"It's hard to say [when a new record will be released], but we plan to resume further songwriting and recording in September, after DOWN returns from tour."
The group's forthcoming effort — which will "probably" come out through Sanctuary Records, according to Dean — will mark the recording debut with the group of new drummer Merritt Partridge, who replaced Jimmy Bower several months ago after Bower's ultra-busy schedule (which includes recording/touring with such acts as DOWN, SUPERJOINT RITUAL and EYEHATEGOD) prevented him from taking part in the songwriting and recording sessions for the new album.
Meanwhile, Dean's "side project" LET 'LONES, which also features in its ranks Partridge and C.O.C. guitarist Woody Weatherman, has been busy writing material of its own, having made its live debut this past Saturday, August 17th, at Kings Barcade in downtown Raleigh.
Although LET 'LONES was initially started to "keep busy in between C.O.C. projects," according to Mike, "we really enjoyed it and decided to pursue it seriously."
"There are obvious similarities [between LET 'LONES and C.O.C.], because Woody has his signature sound, and the bands share a rhythm section," Dean stated when asked to describe LET 'LONES' sound in relation to that of his main band. "The difference would be the absence of Pepper's input. What all that equals, you tell me!
LET 'LONES are due to enter the studio this week to record nine songs for an upcoming release through an as-yet-undisclosed label.
More information about C.O.C.'s upcoming recording activities will be available in the weeks to come.