Crowbar Symmetry In Black on 180g LP
Since their formation in 1989, New Orleans underground metal-sludge legends Crowbar have profoundly influenced an entire generation of metal acts the world over. Fueled by the down-tuned sludge of the Melvins and the over-the-top aggression of Peter Steele's Carnivore, the band's sound was labeled doom-core by the European press shortly after the release of their 1991 debut Obedience Thru Suffering.
"When we started the band, thrash was at its peak," vocalist and guitarist Windstein recalls. "Then Jimmy and I started rediscovering Black Sabbath and Saint Vitus and bands like that. We started tuning to D and then C and then B and even A on some songs. It was all about how much low-end we could get out of it."
In celebration of the band's 25th anniversary, the band's 1993 self-tilted sophomore set and 2014 release Symmetry In Black are being issued on vinyl for the first time. The crushing signature sound of Crowbar is at its peak on Symmetry in Black, the band's most diverse yet cohesive release. It was co-produced with fellow New Orleans resident Duane Simoneaux, who worked on Sever the Wicked Hand and mixed by Josh Wilbur, whose diverse credits include work with Lamb Of God, Gojira and Killer Be Killed.
Metal Hammer UK declared in a 9 out of 10 review: "Pound for pound, riff for riff, this is a stone cold classic!"