Miikka Skaffari/FilmMagicReed Mullin, the founding drummer for the influential metal band Corrosion of Conformity, has died. He was 53.
Mullin’s C.O.C. band mates confirmed the news in a Facebook post Monday night, writing, “It’s with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to a friend, a brother and pioneer. Love and condolences to the family, friends and fans who will miss you and thanks for the music.”
In addition to his work in Corrosion of Conformity, Mullin also played in a number of side projects, including the all-star hardcore band Teenage Time Killers, featuring Dave Grohl and Slipknot‘s Corey Taylor.
A number of prominent members of the metal community have shared their thoughts and condolences over Mullin’s passing. Here are a selection of the tributes:
Metallica’s Lars Ulrich: “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…grooves and that pocket that was all your own…making Corrosion of Conformity swing like nothing else! Rest in Peace brother.”
Lamb of God‘s Randy Blythe: “Rest In Peace, Reed — you’re a legend & an influence & I’ll miss ya, bro.”
Megadeth‘s David Ellefson: “Very sad to hear about the passing of our friend @ReedMullin of @coccabal. Prayers and condolences to his family, friends and bandmates….RIP.”
Hatebreed‘s Jamey Jasta: “Heart breaking. My condolences.”
Faith No More‘s Mike Patton: “Damn! So sad to hear about my ol pal Reed Mullin. Rest in peace my friend. You go girl!”
Stone Sour‘s Roy Mayorga: “What an amazing drummer. 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!”
Anthrax‘s Charlie Benante: “I’m so saddened to hear about #reedmullin. I think back to the days of meeting him and getting to know this person that had a glow around him. I’ll never forget the time he lost one of his shoes in the pit at one of our shows. He came backstage with one shoe on like it was nothing, he just rolled with it. I always loved his style of drumming too…He will be missed.”
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