Celebrating a recent 30th anniversary, New Orleans sludge metal pioneers Crowbar are led by riff overlord Kirk Windstein, whose menacing bellow and smooth drawl put resilient, unrepentant strength behind even the most somber odes to suffering. Zero And Below is their long awaited new full length.
Crowbar songs are unapologetic emotional outpourings, with a bare-knuckle resolve alongside its soul-searching vulnerability, reliably delivered with crushing heaviness. Zero And Below, which cements the band’s dense catalog exactly one dozen studio albums deep, is the most unforgivably doomy Crowbar record since their 1998 landmark effort, Odd Fellows Rest.
Produced, mixed, and mastered by Duane Simoneaux at OCD Recording in Metairie, Louisiana, Zero And Below is reverently old-school, counterbalanced by a resonant melodicism that’s stunningly mature. Songs like “Chemical Godz,” “Bleeding From Every Hole,” and “It’s Always Worth The Gain,” demonstrate what Crowbar does better than any other band: powerful, evocative, and crushingly heavy music.
Comments Windstein of first single, “Chemical Godz,” “We are all so excited to release the song and video for 'Chemical Godz'! It’s been nearly two years since the album was completed. It was such a sad time for so many people going through the Covid-19 epidemic and we felt it wasn’t a good time to release any new material. Get ready because the heavy is coming! We hope y’all enjoy the song and video. Stay safe out there!”