Such has been the success of Down, a one-time side-project and now fully functioning confederacy, that Kirk Windstein could be forgiven for letting Crowbar fall into a state of torpor. However, six years is too long for a band whose mournful riffs and unkempt grooves formed the exoskeleton of the self-harming New Orleans sludge sound. Where buddies Eyehategod are all about nihilistic self-destruction, Crowbar were always more reflective. And that’s kind of what ‘Sever The Wicked Hand’ is all about, corpulent down-tuned riffs and a sense of grizzled resignation articulated through Windstein’s taut songwriting and sorrowful croon. Let’s hope they tour this.
There's been some actual news this week. The Movielifereformed, Fightstarreturned from hiatus, and then there was Emoji Artworks. But sadly, today is our last #notthenews round-up of 2014. Try to hold back those tears while we recap all of this week's nonsense.