Title: “Sever The Wicked Hand”
Label: E1 Entertainment
Release Date: 2/8/2011
Genre: Doom Metal/Stoner Metal
At this point in Metal’s history there are more genre qualifications than you can shake a stick at or even easily count up on two hands. With that being said, thank the Dark Gods of the genre that bands who remain a constant and reliable source of the purest sound of them all still exist in the likes of Louisiana’s own Crowbar. The band has been absent from the studio for around six years while its band members kept busy in side projects and touring details and I can honestly say that this album was very well worth waiting for. The lineup is a little different from the ones that the bands legacy fans might remember but one can always trust the selections of Kirk Windstein when it comes to this group. For “Sever The Wicked Hand” he assembled a crushing roster that brings Crowbar into the next decade without forgetting their storied past. Joining Kirk for the release are drummer Tommy Buckley (Soilent Green), guitarist Matt Brunson (Kingdom Of Sorrow) and bassist Patrick Bruders (Goatwhore) and each shows their capabilities on every track. Six years is a long time in a band members life, and Windstein shows that it has only made him stronger since the last release of “Lifesblood For The Downtrodden” and with their new material there is no resting on laurels for the band as much as there is the delivery of righteous Metal justice as only they can.
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Title: “Live: With Full Force”
Label: Candlelight Records
Release Date: 2/6/07
Genre: Doom Core
The legends of Doom Core from New Orleans have returned with their new DVD “Live: With Full Force” and it is a great way to get a very candid, and inside look into a band that is comprised of some very regular guys who are just doing what they do best on the stage. They also give the viewer an inside look at the life one leads in the music business. The concert was filmed during the popular German Festival that bears the same name where the guys perform a short set from their back catalog as well as material for their latest album, the 2005 “Lifesblood For The Downtrodden”. You will find that the festival footage to be very intense but sparse in its visuals since those gigs are all about getting onstage and off very quickly. Killer numbers like “The Planets Collide” and “Burn Your World” crunch your ears with Doom and Stoner Metal as it is delivered by masters of the genre. In addition to the concert footage the viewer gets a very interesting “rockumentary” segment that is blended between the concert numbers. While it features commentary from all of the band members the footage is primarily focused on band leader Kirk Windstein. When he speaks you are able to get the real deal scoop on life as a working musician and based on his words the lifestyle is clearly not what many might think it is. Kirk says without pause that he lays most of the blame on the “Behind The Music” specials from VH1 with Motley Crue and Poison for creating the false images of what life is like on the road.
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