Markus' Heavy Music Blog

My world of music - est. 2013

36 crazyfists

CD review 36 CRAZYFISTS "Lanterns"

Veröffentlicht am 27. September 2017 von Markus W. in 36 Crazyfists, Alternative Metal, Modern Metal, Nu Metal, Hardcore, News, CD Review

CD review 36 CRAZYFISTS "Lanterns"

(8/10) Hot stuff from cold Alaska means talking about 36 Carzyfists. The four-piece band from Anchorage debut in 1999 with the self-released “In the Skin” before finding a home at Roadrunner Records. Their seventh album “Time and Trauma” was their first one for their new label Spinefarm, followed by the next power-hitter “Lanterns”.

36 Crazyfists has 12 new songs in their offer, each of them reflecting melodic Metalcore that fires on all cylinders. The tunes on the new album have one theme in common. Like the album title indicates it about light, which might not even be a surprise, considering the fact that the band comes from Alaska where you can find endless light in summer and almost eternal darkness in winter. But there’s also an inner darkness and that’s where the guys focus on. “Lanterns” is about getting over these dark and depressive moments in life. It’s about fighting these demons and search for the light.

The seventh strike of this quartet was a hard piece of work, being based on a tough personal situation of frontman Brock. There wasn’t any flow at this time and it needed a while till he and his band mates realized the opportunities of such a situation, transferring all the emotions into songs that ended on the newest release.

Music is about emotions and the before mentioned can be heard in each of the tunes on the album. These songs come with a lot of feel, from anger to fragile moments, all connected by the typical 36 Crazyfists sounds. “Sleepsick” is a song that’s the perfect hybrid, including both poles. Next to this highlight there is the brutal opener “Death Eater”, a number that’s fueled by anger, a heavy riff and extremely forceful shouts. To balance these brutal outbursts the album also includes a song like “Where Revenge Ends”, an acoustic one that embeds a lot of atmosphere, being the most touching tune on the album.

Two years after having had “Time and Trauma” in the shelves it’s “Lanterns” that stands for another milestone in 36 Crazyfists career. Alaska’s on fire, at least when it comes to 36 Crazyfists.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Death Eater
  2. Wars to Walk Away From
  3. Better to Burn
  4. Damage Under the Sun
  5. Sea and Smoke
  6. Where Revenge Ends
  7. Sleepsick
  8. Bandage For Promis
  9. Below the Graves
  10. Laying Hands
  11. Old Gold
  12. Dark Corners

 

Label: Spinefarm

Genre: Metalcore

Release Date EU: September 29th, 2017

Kommentare

CD review 36 CRAZYFISTS "Time and trauma"

Veröffentlicht am 19. Februar 2015 von Markus W. in 36 Crazyfists, Hardcore, Nu Metal, Crossover, Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, CD Review, News

(8/10) Twenty years ago a few guys from Anchorage, Alaska started a band and named it 36 Crazyfists - as the Jackie Chan movie "The 36 crazy fists".

Their musical inspiration came from thrash metal bands like Metallica, but also groups like the mighty Deftones triggered some sound ideas. 36 Crazyfists combined all this to their own style which reflects the mentioned bands together with a big spoonful of hardcore.

The guys released in the twenty years six records and the seventh longplayer turns around the corner in a few days. "Time and trauma" is the name of the new disc, that is the first one after a 5 years waiting time.

The tracklist contains twelve songs which are all highly energetic. They catch your attention immediately. 

The start into the album is called "Vanish" - a riff-based angry song with a quite melodic approach. This might sound like a contractiction, but it isn't. The tune is well down. Down-tuned guitars open "11.24.11." combined with metalcore parts that go over into Deftone-like moments.

"Lightless" is the shortest track on the album. It's a faster one with a certain catchiness before the mighty riff from "Time and trauma" takes over. The title track is in moderate speed with a heavy guitar sound that belongs somewhere into the intersection of post-rock and post-hardcore.

A cool groover is "Silencer" which everything but not silent. It's in my point of view even the hardest track on the album and belongs to the highlights on "Time and trauma". I like esp. the guitar sound that reminded me to Tool. 

"Swing the noose" is a melodic rocker and is probabaly the most commercial track on the album. But don't get me wrong; we are still talking about 36 Crazyfists and the song isn't a soft one.

The last song is slightly different since it is an semi-acosutic one. Singer Brock Lindsow shares the vocals with a female singer (What's here name?) which shows a new side of the band. The chorus is really rocking while the verse is kept more fragile. Both together makes the song to a real anthem that rounds off an album that is stronger than I have expected. 

36 Crazyfists' new album is as cool as Alaska. Another fresh breeze is coming southwards. Check it out.

 

(8/10) 

 

Tracklist:

  1. Vanish
  2. 11.24.11
  3. Sorrow sings
  4. Lightless
  5. Time and trauma
  6. Also am I
  7. Translator
  8. Silencer
  9. Silvers
  10. Swing the noose
  11. Gathering bones
  12. Marrow

 

Label: Spinefarm Records

Genre: Post Hardcore

CD review 36 CRAZYFISTS "Time and trauma"
Kommentare