Pepper Keenan on why Corrosion of Conformity switched from “beat-to-s**t” Gibson SGs to ESPs: “James Hetfield said, ‘Man... these guitars ain't gonna make it!”

Pepper Keenan of Corrosion of Conformity
(Image credit: Aldara Zarraoa/Redferns)

Although the co-mingling of different rock sub-genres is commonplace nowadays, back in the early ‘80s, it was a no-no. And in particular, punk rock and heavy metal were not to be mixed. 

However, several bands were bold enough to meld the speed and fury of punk with the riffs and volume of metal – creating what was then referred to as “crossover”. And Corrosion of Conformity were certainly one such band – particularly on their now-classic 1985 offering, Animosity.

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Greg Prato

Greg is a contributing writer at Guitar World. He has written for other outlets over the years, and has been lucky to interview some of his favorite all-time guitarists and bassists: Tony Iommi, Ace Frehley, Adrian Belew, Andy Summers, East Bay Ray, Billy Corgan, Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, Les Claypool, and Mike Watt, among others (and even took lessons from John Petrucci back in the summer of ’91!). He is the author of such books as Grunge Is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music, Shredders: The Oral History of Speed Guitar (And More) and Touched by Magic: The Tommy Bolin Story.