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Lifesblood For The Downtrodden

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"Life's Blood For The Downtrodden" was produced by the working team of Warren Riker (DOWN) and Rex Brown (PANTERA, DOWN). Rex also handled the bass, and Craig Nunenmacher (BLS) on drums.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 1, 2015)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2015
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CANDLELIGHT RECORDS
  • ASIN: B0006UMRL4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,557 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Crowbar's music is heavy. There's no question about that. But in my opinion, with this album, they've taken their own sheer heaviness to a new level. They've captured something so unreal with this album. I, like many other Crowbar fans all over the world, was anticipating this new album alot. Wondered how they'll be able to top their previous release, "Sonic Excess In It's Purest Form", and wondered if i'd be blown away at all by this new album. And i have to admit, i am alot more than just blown away..

From start to finish this album is fantastic. I wouldn't say it's their best, as i don't own all of their albums, but out of the collection i do have ("Crowbar", "Time Heals Nothing", "Equilibrium" and "Sonic Excess..") it comes mighty close. There is not one song i'm able to skip on this excellent CD. 5/5 stars hardly gives it the praise it deserves.

Crowbar have taken a very mature approach to this release it seems, with songs like "New Dawn", "Slave No More", the truly outstanding "Fall Back To Zero" and "Moon" just to name a few. "Dead Sun" which they did a video for, is heavy on the riffing, as is "The Violent Reaction", "Underworld" and "Angel's Wings". On the track "The Violent Reaction", it has some of Kirk Windstein's best vocals. Very powerful, and aggressive.

"Lifesblood", the 7 1/2 minute finisher, is an excellent piano, mixed with a bit of a solo, track that shows their talents elsewhere, other than creating some of the most heaviest riffs around today. Kirk sings, but after about 2 minutes, the music takes over and it just goes in and out of a dreamy atmosphere that, after the song and the album finally finish, you really have to sort of wake yourself up from.
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When thinking of the word "consistency," only two examples come to mind: vanilla pudding and Crowbar (or sludge/doom metal in general).

Ever since Crowbar formed and released their debut album in 1991, this southern quartet have always been in one niche: making slow, low-key, brooding, and ultra heavy sludge/doom metal. Despite several lineup changes (Pantera alumni Rex Brown played bass on this album), Kirk Windstein and his boys have never "sold out" or strayed far from their roots. Hence, the band's eighth studio album was no exception; "Lifesblood For The Downtrodden" serves up a new batch of pulverizing, bone crunching, mind numbing, speaker destroying, Southern flavored metal.

Granted, there are a couple of curveballs thrown into the mix here and there: "Fall Back To Zero" is a dreary, mostly melodic semi-ballad, and the album closer, "Lifesblood," is an acoustic strummed song with piano by former drummer Sid Montz. But every other one of the nine songs on here are absolutely bludgeoning. Some examples of this are the slowly churning, grinding, sledgehammer riffs on the album opener, "New Dawn," the faster-than-most fourth track, "Angels Wings," and the pounding skull cracker, "Coming Down."

Even if you're a metalhead, sludge/doom metal may or may not be your thing, so you'll definitely want to hear this album before buying it. But most metalheads will tell you "Lifesblood For The Downtrodden" is yet another tasty, satisfying treat from this Bayou-based band. And, quite frankly, Crowbar seem incapable of creating anything else.
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Another great Crowbar album id have to say this one has become my second favorite Crowbar album, number 1 being Odd Fellows Rest thats the best! But this album here just has such a smooth groovy sound to it,where some of the older recordings seemed a little distorted or lowly recorded,but not this one crisp sound and some great frigging rhythm's in it. My personal favorite songs off this are Coming Down,Fall Back To Zero,Dead Sun, A Violent Reaction and Lifesblood. Just nothinmg more to say if you know Crowbar you know the sound & you know its good,so pick it up and keep supporting great music!
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Crowbar, a band best known for its bellowing debut, is quite underrated. Sure, diversity isn't their token, but they also have some albums that have stood out which deserve attention. This is one of them.

The opening track is what you'd expect of Crowbar- slow, heavy, and emotional. It feels almost like they were trying to pull another "Lasting Dose", but didn't quite make it. But, if there is a song that comapres to their most famous epic off the last album, then it's Slave No More. Crowbar discovers the merits of melody, which makes this song even more crushing than anything else on the entire CD.

Another notable track is "Fall Back to Zero" (forgive me if I have some of these track names wrong). It has a great into and outro, both of which feel cold and sorrowful, with great riffs inbetween. This song blends nicely with the energetic "Underworld", Kirk's vocal dilvery is also the highlight here. "Moon" is another great track, somewhat similar to FBtZ, but even better, it has an almost hypnotic breakdown. "The Violent Reaction" is simply a well-done song done in Crowbar's distinct brand of sludge.

I know a lot of people complained about the last track, but I love it. I almost wish that Kirk would do more experiments in this. I'm not Christian, but these lyrics send a tinge of sorrow across my spine. The music is also somewhat Pink Floydish and minimalist. Overall, it seems like the kind of experimentalism that you'd find on a Down album.

This may be the best Crowbar CD to start off with. After this, get Odd Fellow's Rest, the S/T, and Sonic Excess.
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