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THE MEANING OF HEAVY

CROWBAR’S KIRK WINDSTEIN TAKES US ON A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY - FROM RELIGION, PARENTHOOD, QUITTING SUPERGROUPS AND JUST WHY AND HOW THE NEW ORLEANS BEHEMOTH JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER

CROWBAR

“I AM TRULY THE EPITOME OF A BLESSED MAN”

In 1995, just over two decades ago, New Orleans sludge lords Crowbar – one of the very few bands to always merit and justify being included in that ever elusive and misunderstood sort of genre that is “sludge” – released a record called ‘Time Heals Nothing’. Though it has never been one of the most celebrated efforts of their discography, on top of it being sandwiched chronologically between 1993’s self-titled, which contained the hit of sorts that was ‘All I Had (I Gave)’ and the astounding cover of ‘No Quarter’, and ’96’s gigantic ‘Broken Glass’ that so resonated with basically their entire fan base, it was nevertheless a rather odd and unusual record. Featuring some of main man Kirk Windstein’s most fragile, voice-about-to-break bouts of singing ever, it was a veritable feast of anguish and deep sorrow. Crowbar have never been the happiest of bands – in fact, on the pages of this very rag, the year after ‘Time Heals Nothing’ was released, the live review for their gig with At The Gates and Napalm Death described Crowbar as the kind of band that should have been at the forefront of the grunge movement instead of the people who took it and ruined it, such was the misery they exhaled. But on that record, lines like “Through these eyes I saw a desperate man / Lost the grip I felt that I once had / I’ve seen so much in my many years / With these broken hands, I’ve wiped the tears” (from ‘Embracing Emptiness’) or “Nothing you do for me is real / Whenever I trust in you I lose” (from ‘Through A Wall Of Tears’) as spat out through Kirk’s strained broken-glass howls felt real. It’s that sincerity that has carried Crowbar throughout the years, attaining a level of longevity unlikely for a band always so on the edge, emotionally speaking. More than that, Crowbar have actually grown immensely, to the point that Kirk left his post in Down to focus exclusively on his own band, and their profile has raised considerably with every record, with every tour and with every big festival they’ve played.

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I love reading Album Of The Year features and it’s always fun compiling them – generally because they are often a great reminder of all the great albums that have come out over the last twelve months, as well as providing an opportunity to see how much in agreement we are all in here at Terrorizer HQ when it comes to displaying our own individual musical tastes. I’m sure you’ll read somewhere how 2016 has been a weak year for musical output, I read such articles every year and have done for as long as I can remember, but taste is in the ears of the beholder and frankly I reckon 2016 has provided some quality moments. I write this on the first day of hearing the new Metallica album as well. We didn’t get to hear the album prior to release – it would appear that someone in the band’s Ivory Tower didn’t consider the Terrorizer readers worthy of having a review in this issue. A shame really, and consequently the album hasn’t made our AOTY list. Rest assured that everything else that HAS made the list has been lovingly enjoyed for more than one measly advance stream anyway. We always try and keep things real at Tezza HQ. So who did make the Number One spot? Turn these ‘ere pages to find out! That’s also why you’ll find the mighty Crowbar on our cover. One of the most reliably heavy and honest bands out there – Kirk’s in mighty fine form and it’s a pleasure to have them on our final cover of the year. We hope you enjoy the story behind their new album and why he and Todd are back backing music once again. Here’s to a storming 2017! Adios Darren Sadler
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