Welcome Scribbler Metalheads! Old Man Feind finally got off his ass and is getting to work. I thought to start I'd bring one of my all time favorite bands in Crowbar. They put out one of their best albums this year so get sucked into the sludge!
It was a bit of a sad day for me when I learned that the riff master Kirk "The Old Man" Windstein had decided to leave one of my favorite bands, Down. I hadn't heard a proper explanation of why Kirk left and there was at least the appearance of some bad blood as Kirk left to make an album for Crowbar's 25th anniversary but Crowbar bassist, Pat Bruders, who had joined Down after they parted ways with Rex Brown was staying with Down and not following Kirk back to Crowbar. So WTF was up? Honestly I never really heard but as all are good ol' NOLA boys and it was Phil Anselmo who had discovered and helped get Crowbar a shot, I found it hard to believe that a couple decade long friendship had suddenly hit a wall. Luckily in looking up some music for this article today I came across an excellent interview with "The Old Man" where he explains why he left Down and it seems that if there was any bad blood at the initial split, there is none now. Give that a look for yourself and hear the grizzled old man say it himself.
So anyway Crowbar put out Symmetry In Black for their 25th Anniversary and it's honestly a killer album. So why is it not in my Top 15? Two reasons: One there were a ton of great albums this year and two, though Symmetry In Black is a kickass album it isn't my favorite Crowbar album. That isn't to say it isn't excellent because it is but a couple of their earlier albums are my favorite and Symmetry' didn't knock either off my personal top tier. With that said, Symmetry In Black is still some kickass groovy NOLA sludge and an excellent starting point for anyone whom Crowbar is new to, cause ya gotta start somewhere you little whippersnappers! Symmetry In Black is definitely one of the years best and worth checking out a few times. Check out the vids the band released for Walk With Knowledge Wisely and Symmetry In White then the full album, of course.
Symmetry In Black is available now so pick up your copy at Amazon or where the hell ever it is that you kids buy music today (stop stealing ya thieving little bastards! HA!). Then of course stay up to date with all your Crowbar news & notes on Facebook and/or Twitter.
What do you think Scribbler fans? Did Crowbar make it on the top of your best of the year list? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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