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Crowbar is a sludge metal band from New Orleans in Louisiana, with a sound characterised by extremely slow, low-keyed, hardcore and brooding songs.

Formed in 1990, Crowbar had its first incarnation as Aftershock, formed in 1988. Changing its name to Wrequiem in 1989 and again quickly to The Slugs, Crowbar emerged as one of the pioneers of sludge metal music.

Crowbar took its name from the Crowbar group in NOLA (New Orleans), Kirk Windstein went on to pioneer slow and heavy music with a unique vocal style. Their first album, "Obedience Through Suffering" was released in 1991, but failed to achieve notoriety. By 1993's self-titled (Crowbar) album, personal friend Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down, and Superjoint Ritual among others) produced the record, which eventually led to national promotion on MTV's Headbanger's Ball. Phil sang back up on a few tracks and sang background on "Broken Glass" which rounded out the anthems "All I
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CROWBAR Obedience Thru Suffering album cover 3.08 | 7 ratings
Obedience Thru Suffering
Sludge Metal 1991
CROWBAR Crowbar album cover 3.91 | 9 ratings
Sludge Metal 1993
CROWBAR Time Heals Nothing album cover 4.42 | 6 ratings
Time Heals Nothing
Sludge Metal 1995
CROWBAR Broken Glass album cover 4.80 | 11 ratings
Broken Glass
Sludge Metal 1996
CROWBAR Odd Fellows Rest album cover 4.50 | 11 ratings
Odd Fellows Rest
Sludge Metal 1998
CROWBAR Equilibrium album cover 4.38 | 4 ratings
Sludge Metal 2000
CROWBAR Sonic Excess In Its Purest Form album cover 4.62 | 8 ratings
Sonic Excess In Its Purest Form
Sludge Metal 2001
CROWBAR Lifesblood For The Downtrodden album cover 4.25 | 4 ratings
Lifesblood For The Downtrodden
Sludge Metal 2005
CROWBAR Sever The Wicked Hand album cover 4.06 | 5 ratings
Sever The Wicked Hand
Sludge Metal 2011
CROWBAR Symmetry in Black album cover 3.83 | 3 ratings
Symmetry in Black
Sludge Metal 2014
CROWBAR The Serpent Only Lies album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
The Serpent Only Lies
Sludge Metal 2016

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Sludge Metal 1994

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CROWBAR Past and Present album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Past and Present
Sludge Metal 1997
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Sludge Metal 2000
CROWBAR Odd Fellows Rest & Equilibrium album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Odd Fellows Rest & Equilibrium
Sludge Metal 2007
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Setlist Classics
Sludge Metal 2019

CROWBAR singles (7)

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Let Me Mourn
Sludge Metal 2010
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The Cemetery Angels
Sludge Metal 2011
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Sludge Metal 2011
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Walk With Knowledge Wisely
Sludge Metal 2014
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Falling While Rising
Metalcore 2016
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Plasmic And Pure
Sludge Metal 2016
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The Serpent Only Lies
Sludge Metal 2016

CROWBAR movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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"Like Broken" Home Video
Sludge Metal 1997
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Live: With Full Force
Sludge Metal 2007



Album · 1993 · Sludge Metal
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"Crowbar" is the eponymously titled 2nd full-length studio album by US, New Orleans based sludge metal act Crowbar. The album was released through Pavement Music in October 1993. It´s the successor to "Obedience Thru Suffering" from 1991. There´s been one lineup change since the predecessor as guitarist Kevin Noonan has been replaced by Matt Thomas.

The material on the 10 track, 36:01 minutes long album continue the heavy and groove laden sludge metal style of "Obedience Thru Suffering (1991)", but the band successfully add a little more melody and a slightly more varied songwriting approach. When that is said, "Crowbar" isn´t the most varied album around, an a little more variation between tracks wouldn´t have hurt. Sometimes it all becomes a little too formulaic. Thankfully the skillful instrumental execution and Kirk Windstein´s angry despair filled vocal delivery often save the day, and you´ll find plenty of crushingly heavy riffs and delicious heavy grooves throughout the album.

"Crowbar" is a bleak album with a dark and depressive atmosphere, featuring lyrics which deal with pain, suffering, loss, and...well more suffering. Windstein comes off as quite discontent, combining his raw aggressive vocals with the occasional more melancholic tone. The album features a powerful, raw, and detailed sound production, which suits the material perfectly. So upon conclusion this self-titled release is a quality sophomore studio album by Crowbar. It´s obviously a lot more focused than the debut album, and the songwriting is generally also of a higher quality. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

CROWBAR Sonic Excess In Its Purest Form

Album · 2001 · Sludge Metal
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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.

CROWBAR Odd Fellows Rest

Album · 1998 · Sludge Metal
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I hate to use the word "unprecedented" at a time when the word has lost all meaning due the frequency of its use in the 2020 media but there is no alternate word i can use to describe the heaviness of this album. I don't mean heavy as in the brutality of the music or heavy as in shockingly harsh vocals. I mean heavy as in the heavy emotion projected by Kirk and the boys which is dripping in so much sorrow and burning pain that it will weigh you down to the point where you are empathizing with their misery - in a very good way.

The album is very slow and at some points dirgey but my god, the delivery is brute force. The riffs are of gargantuan proportions and sort of sound like two giants battling on a mountain top. These are carried along by the ever pounding drums and together with the rasping vocals of Windstein, the whole thing washes over you in a big wave of sludgy goodness. If you have not had the pleasure of this album yet, please get yourself immersed.

Deep, passionate, sorrowful, amazing. Truly deserving of a 5/5.

PS: Good Iron Maiden cover to round things off at the end.

CROWBAR Obedience Thru Suffering

Album · 1991 · Sludge Metal
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"Obedience Thru Suffering" is the debut full-length studio album by US, New Orleans based sludge metal act Crowbar. The album was released through Grind Core International in September 1991. It wasn´t an album that gained them international attention (that would come with the next couple of albums), but it did put them on the map. Crowbar was formed in 1989 under the Slugs monicker, but changed their name to the current one in 1990. They are often refered to as one of the seminal sludge metal acts.

Stylistically the music on "Obedience Thru Suffering" is a combination of crushingly heavy doomy riffs and rhythms, and the aggression of hardcore (especially the vocals point in the direction of the latter style). The material is very basic vers/chorus structured and solely feature basic instrumentation of bass, guitars, drums, and vocals. If the heavy music didn´t convey it, the depressive lyrics dealing with pain, loss, betrayel, and other dark human emotions and actions, make sure that the listening experience is bleak beyond bleak. When Kirk Windstein sings it´s like being dragged into a dark hole of depression and despair. He is a very expressive and passionate vocalist, who is able to convey both aggression and despair through his raw yet still melodic tinged vocals.

The material on the 10 track, 43:00 minutes long album are generally well written and quite consistent in style and quality, and there are few standout tracks but a couple of tracks into the album things start to flow together a bit too much. The tracks simply sound too much the same. It´s not a major issue as there are no bad quality tracks featured on the album, but "Obedience Thru Suffering" surely could have prospered from more variation between tracks.

"Obedience Thru Suffering" features a fairly well sounding and very heavy sound production, which is raw and powerful, and suits the music well. So "Obedience Thru Suffering" is in many ways a very promising and for the time rather original sounding debut release, and while the songwriting could have been more varied, and it´s a slight issue that it isn´t, I still think a 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

CROWBAR Broken Glass

Album · 1996 · Sludge Metal
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Sludge metal has had it's roots particularly deep ever since the mid-late 80's. Bands formed in '88 - '91 began releasing albums throughout the 90s, inspired by the sound of Washington-based sludge predecessors The Melvins and particularly the albums Gluey Porch Treatments and Ozma. Being an almost solely American scene in it's early stages, sludge metal began springing up mainly in Louisiana, specifically the New Orleans area with it's bustling and diverse music scene. One of the more prominent bands of this area are Crowbar, who themselves released their debut Obedience Thru Suffering in 1991, preceded only shortly by New Orleans peers Eyehategod by about a year.

It took Crowbar a few albums to get going, though it's contested as to which album it was where the band had made their mark. Obedience Thru Suffering, although highly acclaimed and extremely good, was more or less a tribute to the Melvins. I hasten to say the band's self-titled was where the band just kept getting better and better (sans Time Heals Nothing, not a fan). The bands zenith is arguable yes, but I'd like to think it's 1996's Broken Glass.

Broken Glass is quite the experience. Packed with raw emotion and power, this is album is both a return to basics and inversely and improvement. The album sort of incorporates doom elements on some of the slower tracks, as well as featuring more tuned-down instruments than those on prior albums. It's honestly a unique experience listening to the cohesion of the instruments, even though they each have their own unique recording style. The drums don't sound booming, on the contrary their more akin to a garage-rock style. This is almost amusing (though not mock-worthy) to a certain degree, as the guitars are loud and booming, and the bass is one of the most audible instruments on the album as they both crunch out some of the most cantankerously unyielding riffs that grab you by the balls in the most wonderfully violent way. It's so strange because the album puts you in the sort of stranglehold where you can't just stop listening, but it's consensual on both sides. A strange fact it may be, but a fact it is.

If you are a fan of sludge or really hardcore material in general, I'd say this is the cream-of-the-crop when it comes to Crowbar. Go wild!

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