Reed Mullin, the pioneering metal drummer of influential band Corrosion of Conformity, has died at the age of 53.
While no cause of death has been revealed, the band took to social media to confirm the news: “It’s with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to a friend, a brother and pioneer,” they wrote on Twitter. “Reed you are loved and always will be. Let’s all take a moment…”
Mullin, a founding member of Corrosion of Conformity in 1982 alongside his bandmates Mike Dean and Woody Weatherman, has been a major figurehead of the metal and hardcore punk genres for decades.
In 2001, Mullin left COC due to a back injury and, given his commitment to the music he created, continued to work in numerous different side projects before returning to the group in 2010 with the Animosity era lineup.
With nine studio albums to his name with the band, the most recent coming in 2018 with No Cross No Crown, Mullin also co-founded the hardcore punk supergroup Teenage Time Killers alongside his COC bandmate Mike Dean and Mick Murphy, the guitarist from My Ruin.
Teenage Time Killers had an open-door policy and would often welcome new guests to record music or perform live with them. Of the high-profile figures to be connected with the band, the likes of Dave Grohl, Greg Anderson, Randy Blythe, Stone Sour, Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor and more.
RIP Reed Mullin.