CROWBAR — Sonic Excess In Its Purest Form

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Album · 2001

Filed under Sludge Metal
By CROWBAR

Tracklist


1. The Lasting Dose (04:12)
2. To Build a Mountain (03:58)
3. Thru the Ashes (I've Watched You Burn) (04:43)
4. Awakening (03:35)
5. Repulsive in Its Splendid Beauty (03:58)
6. Counting Daze (03:54)
7. In Times of Sorrow (02:38)
8. It Pours From Me (05:04)
9. Suffering Brings Wisdom (05:27)
10. Failure to Delay Gratification (03:06)
11. Empty Room (04:52)

Total Time 45:32

Line-up/Musicians


- Kirk Windstein / vocals, guitar
- Sammy Pierre Duet / guitar
- Jeff Okoneski / bass
- Tony Costanza / drums

Guest musician:
– Diamond Dave H. Fortman / slide guitar (track 7)

About this release

CD released 21st August 2001 on Spitfire Records (SPT-15177) / Sum Records (6786-2).

CD reissued 2005 on CD-Maximum (CDM 0505-2269).

CD remaster released 2nd November 2009 Metal Mind Productions (MASS CD 1340 DG), limited to 1000 copies.

12" blue translucent vinyl LP released 2015 on Back On Black (BOBV431LP), limited to 500 copies.

Recorded at Balance Studio.
Produced and mixed by Dave Fortman.
Art Direction And Design by Scott F. Caliva.
Photography by Scott Caliva Photography, Inc., New Orleans, LA.

Thanks to Stooge, Bosh66 for the updates

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BitterJalapeno
Released in 2001, “Sonic Excess in its Purest Form” is the seventh studio album by Louisiana based sludge metal legends Crowbar. Listeners are presented with the classic Crowbar formula - their trademark slow and brooding brand of sludge occasionally interspersed with short bursts of fierce aggression.

This appropriately named album blends elements of previous Crowbar releases into a neatly packaged 45 minutes of sonic bliss sure to appeal to any fan of sludge. It takes the violent aggression of 1996’s “Broken Glass” and fuses it with the sorrowful “Odd Fellows Rest” from 1998 resulting in an extremely refined product and a wonderfully satisfying listen. The production is excellent – crisp, clear and warm with a ludicrously heavy guitar tone, enveloping the listener in an exquisite blanket of beefy riffs that are deeper than the ocean and powerful enough to move mountains.

For me, no other metal artist comes close to matching Crowbar in terms of the deeply emotional delivery of their music. The centrepiece of this is Windstein’s earnestly anguished vocals as he rasps and growls emotively over thick waves of immensely immersive and hypnotic music from the rhythm section.

“Sonic Excess in its Purest Form” is a contender for my favourite Crowbar album along with the aforementioned big beasts “Broken Glass” and “Odd Fellows Rest” and is, without doubt, essential listening for fans of sludge metal. I reckon it’s also a great choice for an introduction to the band for those unfamiliar with their work. Lastly, I’d recommend whacking the volume up full as you can. It will enhance the experience.

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