As soon as the mammoth “The Lasting Dose” kicks in, this Album by Crowbar, “Sonic Excess In It’s Purest Form”, will leave you wanting to listen to it again and again. This Album, i think, is up there easily with their debut “Crowbar”, “Equilibrium” and also their latest release “Lifesblood For The Downtrodden”. This CD is one of their heaviest, yet still melodic, Albums to date. With extremely strong vocals by Kirk Windstein, Crowbar follow up from “Equilibrium” with a devastating display of power.
Like some other Crowbar Albums, there is an acoustic/instrumental song by the name of “In Times of Sorrow” on this CD. With the rest of the Album being extremely heavy and brutal, this adds a break inbetween the powerful riffage and it sounds very well done. “Failure To Delay Gratification” is almost a throwback to the old days of Crowbar, when they almost made Hardcore music but fused it with sludgey riffs that just have defined what Crowbar is about. This song is probably the fastest sounding song on this Album (At least at the start of the song), but slows down after about a minute, and delves into a slow riff that carries on pretty much until the end of the song and leads into “Empty Room”, the dramatic almost epic and massive-sounding finisher, perfectly.
“Awakening” is almost in the same vein as “Failure To Delay Gratification”, starting off pretty fast then slowing down into Crowbar’s trademark extremely-heavy sludgey-riffing. I think “Counting Daze”, “To Build A Mountain” and “The Lasting Dose” showcase Crowbar’s sound perfectly. Those 3 songs are probably the heaviest on this Album, but the whole Album as a whole is one heavy beast.
My favourite songs would be “The Lasting Dose”, “To Build A Mountain”, “Thru The Ashes (I’ve Watched You Burn)”, “Repulsion In It’s Splendid Beauty”, “Counting Daze”, “In Times of Sorrow”, “Failure To Delay Gratification” and “Empty Room”. I think “It Pours From Me” and “Suffering Brings Wisdom” are extremely good too, and add alot to the overall tremendous heaviness to this Album.
If you like Crowbar, but haven’t yet picked this up for whatever reason..Don’t miss out on this Album. This Album is one of their most heaviest, melodic, mature and intense Albums to date. You just can’t be disappointed in it. To new fans of Crowbar, i seriously suggest you try this first. I think this Album is a great way to get into this talented band, and you’ll be hooked from then on. This Album is definitely 5/5.