Last night, we were devastated to hear about the passing of Corrosion of Conformity drummer Reed Mullin. January has been a heartbreaking month in the metal community as we’ve lost quite a few legends. We’re still processing the loss of Rush drummer Neil Peart as each passing feels like a direct stab into our metal hearts. While we shared a few reactions last night, Crowbar, Orange Goblin, Randy Blythe, Devin Townsend, and more have taken to social media to react to the loss of Reed.
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Reed.. Thank you for the crazy good times we had together. Thank you for always having the biggest smile on your face. And thank you for the fuckin grooves and that pocket that was all your own…making Corrosion Of Conformity swing like nothing else! Rest In Peace brother.
Very sad about Reed. 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 pic.twitter.com/9WfEveYL0f
— Robb Flynn (@TheGeneralMH) January 28, 2020
— Kim Kylla Dylla (@KyllaCustomWear) January 28, 2020
R.I.P Reed Mullin. Our thoughts and condolences go out his friends, family and all associates of coccabal https://t.co/yFcrqdZPEi
— Orange Goblin (@OrangeGoblin1) January 28, 2020
Cheers Reed =/
— Devin Townsend (@dvntownsend) January 28, 2020
I JUST FOUND OUT WILLIAM REED MULLIN OF CORROSION OF CONFORMITY HAS PASSED AWAY.I PLAYED WITH HIM A FEW YEARS AGO IN EUROPE. ALWAYS CAUGHT COC WHEN THEY PLAYED NYC.DUDE WAS A GREAT UNORTHODOX DRUMMER & A NICE GUY. A TRUE HARDCORE PUNK LEGEND. REST IN PEACE!!!
— DANNY DIABLO (@DannyDiablo) January 28, 2020
I met Reed Mullin only once when COC cruised through Toronto in 1990. Even that brief meeting was memorable & I got a pretty sweet story out of it (that has to do with this exact photo). Always thought COC were the coolest band on the scene and Reed the coolest. RIP Reed Mullin pic.twitter.com/O7ZgGb8T5d
— Danko Jones (@dankojones) January 28, 2020
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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 my delivery. 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.
Heart breaking. My condolences. ❤️ https://t.co/7biIJuDWJ7
— Jamey Jasta (@jameyjasta) January 28, 2020
Rest in Peace Reed. Legendary underground music drummer of the 80’s US hardcore scene. As his band @coccabal 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 :/ #reedmullin #coc #rip https://t.co/16DKg8B0n9
— (@Michael_Amott) January 28, 2020
— David Ellefson (@ellefsondavid) January 28, 2020
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