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Sonic Excess in Its Purest Form

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  • 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.

    Posted on January 20, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This album is worth buying just for the song “The Lasting Dose”. That song is off the hook. 10 times in a row is not enough. However, every other song on the disc is standard Crowbar, albeit with a bit more speed here and there. Crowbar is one of the best of all time. More people need to recognize!! Pick this one up AND “Odd Fellows” and go on from there.

    Posted on January 20, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This album is the epitome of fat metal. Make no mistake about it, the slow riffs and deep sludge that accompany every song are meant that way! Crowbar has done it for years and they continue to do so. BUY THIS RECORD! Then upon listening, go and bludgeon yourself at an all you can eat buffet! Fat Metal Is Here To Stay!

    Posted on January 19, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • In 1968, Blue Cheer was the heaviest band on earth. In 1970, Black Sabbath dethroned them. In 1985, Pentagram dethroned Sabbath, but in 1986, Pentagram abdicated the throne of the heaviest band on earth and Candlemass acended the throne. Their reign lasted until 1992 when Crowbar invaded the heavy metal scene. To this day no one has been able to conquer or subdue these sludgey, doomed juggernauts. they are ultimately slow and HEAVY, brain-crushingly so. If you do not like slow and heavy, Crowbar will crush you. If you are strong enough to aproach the throne through such gravity, then you will be rewarded with killer heavy metal!

    Posted on January 19, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • if you want real slow, fat sludgy metal … this is it.Kirk is the best frontman ever and after all these years he still can come up with the most
    brutal riff on this earth.All songs is solide, listen to the 1st song and the 5th one back to back and you could go throught brick wall.Been a fan
    since 92 and cant get enought.They are finaly coming out with a dvd in 2007.Recomend ODD FELLOW REST, these are the 2 best albums (even if all the albums is worth buying) Go ahead, buy this…

    Posted on January 19, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now