News broke on Monday about the death of Corrosion of Conformity drummer Reed Mullin, passing away at the age of 53. No cause of death has been reported, as the Rock community was quick to share an outpouring of love and tributes to the influential founder of the band.
“Reed. Thank you for the crazy good times we had together. Thank you for always having the biggest smile on your face,” Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich shared in a post. The band which formed in 1982 went on several tours with Metallica over the course of their career. “And thank you for the f***** grooves and that pocket that was all your own... making Corrosion Of Conformity swing like nothing else! Rest In Peace brother.”
Reed was a founder and original member of Corrosion Of Conformity, along with Mike Dean, Pepper Keenan, and Woody Weatherman. Mullin left the group in 2001, but would eventually return in 2010. In 2018 the band released No Cross No Crown, the first album to feature the original lineup since 2000.
“Damn! So sad to hear about my ol pal Reed Mullin,” wrote Faith No More frontman Mike Patton on Facebook, with the group also following up with a tribute on their social media channels. “Rest in peace my friend. You go girl!”
In a lengthy post, Lamb Of God singer Randy Blythe also shared his memories of Mullin. Blythe talked about how he was inspired by Corrosion Of Conformity, and recalls singing with him in the group Teenage Time Killers. “Rest In Peace, Reed. You’re a legend and an influence and I’ll miss ya, bro.”
Corrosion Of Conformity has released 10 studio albums, with their debut arriving in 1984. Their final album with all original members is their highest-charting album on the Billboard chart.