Mike Dean (musician)

Thomas Michael Dean (born August 24, 1963) is the bassist for American metal band Corrosion of Conformity. He sang on the band's early recordings from their crossover thrash era before leaving the band in 1987. In 1989 Dean, along with C.O.C. guitarist Woody Weatherman and artist Brian Walsby on drums, released the Snake Nation album on Caroline Records.[1] Dean rejoined C.O.C. as the bass player and occasional vocalist in 1993 and has remained with the band since. Along with several production and engineering credits he also collaborated with Dave Grohl on the Probot song "Access Babylon", a return to the punk/metal fusion of old.

Mike Dean
Dean performing in 2005
Background information
Birth nameThomas Michael Dean
Born (1963-08-24) August 24, 1963
GenresCrossover thrash, hardcore punk, heavy metal, sludge metal
Occupation(s)Musician, bassist, singer
InstrumentsBass, vocals
Years active1982–present
Associated actsCorrosion of Conformity
Vista Chino
Lightning Born
Righteous Fool
Snake Nation

As of 2010 the original lineup of Corrosion of Conformity consisting of Mike Dean, Reed Mullin, and Woody Weatherman are once again performing and recording as a three-piece. They've released two albums, 2012's Corrosion of Conformity and 2014's IX, along with an E.P. entitled Megalodon in 2013.

Dean currently plays bass for Lightning Born, a four-piece out of Raleigh, North Carolina formed in 2016.

Dean served as the engineer for C.O.C.'s 2005 Sanctuary Records release, "In the Arms of God." He was also the producer and engineer for Vampire Circus, an album by Maryland-based doom-metal band Earthride released in 2005 by Southern Lord Records.

He also served as touring bassist for Vista Chino in 2013 and played bass on the song "As You Wish", on Vista Chino's 2013 album Peace.



Date of release Title Label Chart positions US sales
1984 Eye for an Eye Caroline Records
October 1985 Animosity Metal Blade Records
October 12, 1989 Snake Nation Caroline Records
November 27, 1994 Deliverance Sony Records
October 12, 1996 Wiseblood Sony Records
October 10, 2000 America's Volume Dealer (Available as Dualdisc) Sanctuary Records
August 7, 2001 Live Volume CD, DVD and DVDA Sanctuary Records
February 10, 2004 Probot Southern Lord
April 5, 2005 In the Arms of God Sanctuary Records
February 28, 2012 Corrosion of Conformity Candlelight Records
September 3, 2013 Peace Napalm Records
June 24, 2014 IX Candlelight Records
January 12, 2018 No Cross No Crown Nuclear Blast Records
June 21, 2019 Lightning Born Ripple Music


Date of release Title Label Chart positions US sales
1987 Technocracy Metal Blade Records
1989 Six Songs With Mike Singing: 1985 Metal Blade Records
2013 Megalodon Scion/AV


  • No Core (1982, split)
  • Why Are We Here? (1983, split)
  • Cleanse the Bacteria (1985, compilation)
  • Complete Death (1985, compilation)(Metal Blade Records)

Music videos

  • "Albatross" (1994)
  • "Clean My Wounds" (1994)
  • "Wiseblood" (1996)
  • "Drowning in a Daydream" (1996)
  • "Live Volume" DVD (2001)
  • "Stonebreaker" (2005)
  • "Psychic Vampire" (2012)
  • "The Moneychangers" (2012)
  • "Feed On" (2013)


  1. brian walsby (2007-12-06). "Introverted Loudmouth: Snake Nation". Introvertedloudmouth.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2011-07-06.
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