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CD review CROWBAR "The Serpent only Lies"

Veröffentlicht am 26. Oktober 2016 von Markus W. in Crowbar, News, Sludge, Doom Metal, CD Review, Thrash Metal

(8/10) New Orleans sludge and doom master Crowbar are around since almost three decades and no end in sight - fortunately. What Kirk Windstein and his three amigos deliver with "The Serpent Only Lies" is brutal. Windstein wrote another ten songs that are as intense as they could be.

"Falling While Rising" is the first tracl on this new album and the band doesn't give you a single moment to warm-up. A five minutes doom hell breaks loose, build on a hefty beat and a slow-mo riff. Upshifting with a break adds some variation to the blistering heat that rolls over you.

Crowbar stays in this mode throughout the entire album. However, there are some variations like the faster "I Am the Storm" which for sure more than just a breeze. This storm blows you away.

The title track comes with interesting breaks and a surprisingly melodic chorus - melodic the Crowbar-way. And on and on it goes. "The Enemy Beside You", "Embrace the Light" and "On Holy Ground", all typical Crowbar smashers per excellence.

The four minutes long "As I Heal" rounds of an album that shows Windstein and his band mates in best shape and form. These 45 minutes are demanding doom metal that belongs to the best stuff I've heard from the four-piece from New Orleans. "The Serpent Only Lies" shows the old Crowbar transferred into the here and now. Good stuff.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Falling While Rising
  2. Plasmic and Pure
  3. I Am the Storm
  4. Surviving the Abyss
  5. The Serpent Only Lies
  6. The Enemy Besides You
  7. Embrace the Light
  8. On holy Ground
  9. Song of the Dunes
  10. As I Heal

 

Label: SPV/Steamhammer

Genre: Doom Metal

Release Date EU: October 28th, 2016

CD review CROWBAR "The Serpent only Lies"
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New CROWBAR album in October

Veröffentlicht am 31. August 2016 von Markus W. in Crowbar, Sludge, Doom Metal, Heavy Metal, News

"The Serpent Only Lies" is the title of the upcoming Crowbar album. The longplayer of the New Orleans sludge matsers will be released on October 28th via Steamhammer/SPV. The artwork was done by Eliran Kantor who already worked for bands like Testament and Soulfly. Stay tuned for more.

New CROWBAR album in October
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CROWBAR on tour in February/March

Veröffentlicht am 26. Januar 2015 von Markus W. in Crowbar, Heavy Metal, Iron Walrus, Doom Metal, Sludge, Tour, News

The mighty Crowbar is on tour in Europe during February/March. Here are the dates:

13.02. Tilburg - o13 (Netherlands)
14.02. Ieper - Ieperfest (Belgium) + IRON WALRUS
15.02. Nijmegen - Doornroosje (Netherlands) + IRON WALRUS
16.02. Essen - Turock (Germany) + IRON WALRUS
17.02. Douai - Peniche Igelrock (France) + IRON WALRUS
18.02. Colmar - Le Grillen (France) + IRON WALRUS
19.02. Nancy - Chez Paulette (France) + IRON WALRUS
20.02. Vevey - Rocking Chair (Switzerland)
21.02. Aarau - Kiff (Switzerland) + IRON WALRUS
22.02. Lindau - Club Vaudville (Germany) + IRON WALRUS
23.02. Dresden - Chemiefabrik (Germany) + IRON WALRUS
24.02. Krakow - Fabryka (Poland)
25.02. Gdynia - Ucho (Poland) + IRON WALRUS
26.02. Berlin - So36 (Germany) + IRON WALRUS
27.02. Prague - 007 (Czech Rebuplic)
28.02. Brno - Melodka (Czech Republic)
01.03. Bratislava - Randal (Slovakia)
02.03. Vienna - Viper Room (Austria)
03.03. Debreden - Roncsbár (Hungary)
04.03. Bucharest - Fabrica (Romania)
05.03. Sofia - Mixtape 5 (Bulgaria)
06.03. Belgrad - KC Bozidarac (Serbia)
07.03. Zagreb - Vintage Industrial Bar
08.03. München - Kranhalle (Germany)
09.03. Moscow - Volta (Russia)
10.03. St. Petersburg - Club Mod (Russia)

CROWBAR on tour in February/March
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CD review CROWBAR "Symmetry in black"

Veröffentlicht am 26. Mai 2014 von Markus W. in Crowbar, Pantera, CD Review, Heavy Metal, Doom Metal, Sludge, News

(8/10) Three years after "Sever the wicked hand" has seen the light of day it's time for a new release from Crowbar. Kirk Windstein and his three companions cleared out their agendas and focussed on the new album called "Symmetry in black". Windstein even cancelled his participation in the latest Down EP.

The result of all this are 12 doom anthems which are on Crowbar's thenth album. Each new song from the New Orleans based quartett shows the typical trademarks of the band. Slow, mean and heavy riffs are the base. Listening to the tunes makes you almost feel the southern heat. In addition to that you have Windstein's hoarse vocals which are on the one hand full of energy, but also sometimes almost fragile ("Amaranthine"). Crowbar seems to be like wine, the older the better.

Sometimes even some older Type O Negative and Carnivore elements shine through the song structure ("Symbolic suicide", Symmetry in white").

Already the opener "Walk with knowledge wisely" gives you clear indication of what to expect in the coming almost 50 minutes. The title track is called "Symmetry in white". Yes, it's the right name. It seems a little bit playing with words here. It's Kirk Windstein charismatic vocals which dominates the song. However, it seems that the focus of the band members on Crowbar is reflected in the songwriting. The entire album stands like a rock. I couldn't find a song which doesn't live up to the high standards - no fillers.

Actually "Symmetry in black" has even an acoustical intermezzo. Half way the New Orleans guys put "Amaranthine" on the tracklist. It's a quite nice break after the riff orgy you heard before. The tune spreads a great atmosphere and is full of emotions. But again, this is only a small break before the next groove monster "The foreboding" hits you directly. 

For me it's the expected great new Crowbar record. New Orleans sound at it's best and for me one of the top three releases of the band. Stop reading, start listening.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Walk with knowledge wisly
  2. Symmetry in white
  3. The taste of dying
  4. Reflection of deceit
  5. Ageleass decay
  6. Amaranthine
  7. The foreboding
  8. Shaman of belief
  9. Teach the blind to see
  10. A wealth of empathy
  11. Symbolic suicide
  12. The Piety of selfloathing

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: Doom Metal / Sludge

CD review CROWBAR "Symmetry in black"
CD review CROWBAR "Symmetry in black"
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