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Make no mistake: the massively influential merchants of sludge never went away. But as Crowbar s 25th year of existence dawns and their tenth full length album is unleashed upon the
world, co founder, frontman and riff-making warhorse Kirk Windstein is determined to give the band he unapologetically calls his baby the total dedication it demands. The unrestrained push and relentless concentration surrounding Symmetry in Black is music to the ears - figuratively and literally for new adherents and the legion of underground fans and fellow musicians who swore allegiance to Crowbar long ago.

Symmetry in Black is the perfect album to arrive in the number ten slot of the Crowbar catalog, a penultimate achievement embodying the early sloth of doom touchstone Obedience Thru
Suffering (1991), the moody dissonance of modern classic Odd Fellows Rest (1998) and the crisp thunder of the album s eOne Metal predecessor, Sever the Wicked Hand (2011), with nuggets
of Crowbar s storied history sprinkled throughout.

The crushing signature sound of Crowbar is at its peak on Symmetry in Black, the band s most diverse yet cohesive release. It was coproduced 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.

Windstein explains: We needed to move our sound forward but at the same time, make sure everything stayed 100% true to who and what we are. The album is heavy, dark and killer.

There s everything we are on here. It s just Crowbar 2014. We re really proud and excited. And where we stand with Crowbar right now, we can only go up.


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  • Audio CD (May 27, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Entertainment One
  • ASIN: B00JJNLQ3Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,674 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Hill TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 27, 2014
Format: Audio CD
The new Crowbar crushes. Kirk Windstein recently left Down to concentrate full-time on his longtime main band, so you knew the album was probably going to be pretty good. "Symmetry in Black" is heavy and brooding, with plenty of anger bursting out. While the album is being marketed as "epic doom," there's a lot more going on than that. Crowbar shows a wide variety of styles, including groove, thrash, and straight heavy metal, offering up twelve tracks that showcase everything from their slow, plodding crawl to all-out speed. Windstein delivers an impressive vocal performance, ranging from his near-death metal roar to soul-baring clean singing. Standout tracks for me include "The Taste of Dying," Ageless Decay," and "The Foreboding," which best represent the strengths Crowbar bring to the table. If you're in the mood for the smothering weight of pure power, the new Crowbar might be what you're looking for. "Symmetry in Black" gets it done.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Stutheit on June 12, 2014
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When Crowbar made a triumphant return three years ago with their first release of all new material in six years, it was clear that they were most certainly here to say. It was also in the cards, for this reviewer, at least, that the band would probably not wait another half-decade-plus to release another new record (their tenth),, especially since founding guitarist Kirk Windstein has since put side-project Kingdom Of Sorrow on the back burner, and completely cut all ties with Down in order to focus fully on Crowbar. And sure enough, Windstein and Co. have again returned to raise the, ahem, `Bar once again, with another brand-spankin'-new doom-fest in 2014's "Symmetry In Black."

Corresponding perfectly with new releases from Eyehategod and the aforementioned Down, Crowbar have quite a bit of substantial competition to go up against. But the end result is actually not as close as one might think. With this, their arguable best effort since 1996's "Broken Glass," they once again prove their irrefutable worth as the finest thing ever to emerge from the muggy Southern swamp-lands of the NOLA sludge/doom metal scene. And it might seem a little redundant to say because of the obviousness of it all, but if you are craving some absolutely amazing guitar riffs (which driven home by a particularly gnarly distortion level) and brutally low/heavy bass lines, you could do a whole lot worse than to check out the ones found in "Symmetry."

Despite being the album's longest track, "Walk With Knowledge Wisely" opens in pure Crowbar fashion, with crashing cymbals and howled vocals perfectly complimenting hefty, meaty, grinding riff chunk and chug and churn rhythms.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott Hedegard on June 15, 2014
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I had Crowbar's first album "Obedience Through Suffering" but traded it in because the debut was turgid and not very well realized, at least I thought at the time. I have heard other Crowbar through time and knew they had progressed musically without losing their sludgy miasma of doom that seems indigenous to New Orleans and Louisiana swamp country.
"Symmetry In Black" is a fine album, ferocious here, haunting and even harmonizing there. It's not quite accurate to call it doom, but it will certainly not be a problem for more hardcore doom fans. Of course, most people already know that.
Leader Kirk Windstein is a ferocious vocalist, intelligent, and crafts tunes that are more oppressive than the Louisiana Gulf Coast humidity in summer, which, if you've never been in the deep south in July or August, is so heavy you can get a black eye just walking in the humid air, it hits so hard. "Symmetry In Black" never gets gratuitous or bogs down, and boasts an excellent production. Solos are infrequent, but the tunes are strong enough that solos aren't that necessary anyway.
Now that Windstein has left Down to concentrate solely on Crowbar, we can expect great things. This is how doom/sludge should sound, and if you're listening in your car, it will leave potholes in the street behind you, being as heavy as it is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By william j taylor on May 29, 2014
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This is a pummeling slab of Crowbar heaviness! Glad to see Kirk concentrating on Crowbar as his main focus again! If You Like Crowbar, you shouldn't be disappointed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael on May 27, 2014
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Things change, sometimes for better or worse. The lineup may have changed many times over the years, but the music is still Crowbar. Kirk Windstein is one of the busiest musicians out there even though he recently left Down to focus more on the band. Some might view that as laziness on his part, but he's no slouch. Apart from writing and playing the music, he's the producer as well, so you know he has a workload recording these albums. It all works out in putting together the best dingy, dirty, doomy, and gloomy sludge metal that is rock solid and will kick your teeth in without warning. I highly recommend it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Donald Roberts on May 27, 2014
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this is another crushing album from the consistent yet predictable Crowbar. if you're a fan of any of their albums , you know what you're getting : a sonic monster that will give your eardrums a beatdown. sludgey , doom-laden guitars with pounding percussion and the vocals of one very pissed off Kirk. I didn't find this album to be as epic as Sever The Wicked Hand ( I think that album had more variation and memorable songs ) but this album is still very damn good and stays true to the Crowbar formula, despite the band's revolving line-ups . Crowbar is great music to vent to , so if you're feeling down or angry ..throw this beast on and enjoy the catharsis !
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