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.
In RS197 we welcome back rock’s most controversial son to the cover of Rock Sound. PLUS we speak to Asking Alexandria’s Ben Bruce about his upcoming solo album, Emma Blackery and Against The Current are welcomed with opens arms and you’ll get eight classic Time Warp posters of your favourite bands.