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Sonic Excess in It's Purest Form

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  • Audio CD (August 21, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Spitfire
  • ASIN: B00005N8VD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,610 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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As soon as the mammoth "The Lasting Dose" kicks in, this Album by Crowbar, "Sonic Excess In It's Purest Form", will leave you wanting to listen to it again and again. This Album, i think, is up there easily with their debut "Crowbar", "Equilibrium" and also their latest release "Lifesblood For The Downtrodden". This CD is one of their heaviest, yet still melodic, Albums to date. With extremely strong vocals by Kirk Windstein, Crowbar follow up from "Equilibrium" with a devastating display of power.

Like some other Crowbar Albums, there is an acoustic/instrumental song by the name of "In Times of Sorrow" on this CD. With the rest of the Album being extremely heavy and brutal, this adds a break inbetween the powerful riffage and it sounds very well done. "Failure To Delay Gratification" is almost a throwback to the old days of Crowbar, when they almost made Hardcore music but fused it with sludgey riffs that just have defined what Crowbar is about. This song is probably the fastest sounding song on this Album (At least at the start of the song), but slows down after about a minute, and delves into a slow riff that carries on pretty much until the end of the song and leads into "Empty Room", the dramatic almost epic and massive-sounding finisher, perfectly.

"Awakening" is almost in the same vein as "Failure To Delay Gratification", starting off pretty fast then slowing down into Crowbar's trademark extremely-heavy sludgey-riffing. I think "Counting Daze", "To Build A Mountain" and "The Lasting Dose" showcase Crowbar's sound perfectly. Those 3 songs are probably the heaviest on this Album, but the whole Album as a whole is one heavy beast.
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In 1968, Blue Cheer was the heaviest band on earth. In 1970, Black Sabbath dethroned them. In 1985, Pentagram dethroned Sabbath, but in 1986, Pentagram abdicated the throne of the heaviest band on earth and Candlemass acended the throne. Their reign lasted until 1992 when Crowbar invaded the heavy metal scene. To this day no one has been able to conquer or subdue these sludgey, doomed juggernauts. they are ultimately slow and HEAVY, brain-crushingly so. If you do not like slow and heavy, Crowbar will crush you. If you are strong enough to aproach the throne through such gravity, then you will be rewarded with killer heavy metal!
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This album is the epitome of fat metal. Make no mistake about it, the slow riffs and deep sludge that accompany every song are meant that way! Crowbar has done it for years and they continue to do so. BUY THIS RECORD! Then upon listening, go and bludgeon yourself at an all you can eat buffet! Fat Metal Is Here To Stay!
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I'll be honest, when I heard the first 2 Crowbar albums back in the early 90's, I was less than impressed by the bad overdubbing and lack of songwriting skill. Fast-forward a few years or so, and I was eventually coerced into checking them out again. Needless to say, not expecting much, I was completely amazed by how the band had shifted from earful of suck to sludge metal bad-assery. Heavy, melodic, and memorable. Minus the shady production and lackluster filler.

Sonic Excess puts it's best foot forward with the opening track, possibly one of the best Crowbar songs ever. This lumbering beast best exemplifies the ambient heaviness most commonly associated with the genre. The remainder of the album doesn't falter either, plodding along with the trademark groove and massive riffage synonymous with this band's output over the years. The only difference being, this album (along with Odd Fellows Rest), showcases the pinnacle of Crowbar's song-crafting talent. More than worthy of multiple spins and highly recommended.
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if you want real slow, fat sludgy metal ... this is it.Kirk is the best frontman ever and after all these years he still can come up with the most

brutal riff on this earth.All songs is solide, listen to the 1st song and the 5th one back to back and you could go throught brick wall.Been a fan

since 92 and cant get enought.They are finaly coming out with a dvd in 2007.Recomend ODD FELLOW REST, these are the 2 best albums (even if all the albums is worth buying) Go ahead, buy this...
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Is it possible that, contrary to popular belief, CROWBAR are actually advancing themselves musically, album by album, though by infinitesimal degrees of the sort that are as impossible to chart on a human scale as Darwinian evolution? The skeletal dirges that litter the band's back pages may eventually line up end to end in a fashion that sees their Neanderthal primitiveness stand erect, though it may also take several generations of their trudging anti-thrash before any such aimless second guessing can be confirmed. Regardless, this latest baby step forward is yet another dreamlike state of sleepy aggression, mired hopes and veiled fragility, quite a far cry from the bratty rage of the korn generation (whose Jonathan Davis has a lower vocal register akin to Kirk Windstein's most reaching falsetto). Once again CROWBAR achieve a kind of beauty belied by the bared and ink stained guts spilling out over the CD booklet. In film and in print, we like our demons to be personified in incendiary plot devices which inevitably result in either an explosion or an exorcism of the soul. The ten year tenure of this New Orleans quartet has never made it that easy. It's in a slower, simmering manner that CROWBAR plies our wounds, choosing to reopen the same scrapes and blisters over and over again rather than struggle vainly to inflict that mortal blow, as so many ragemongers of the day seek to accomplish. In this, they manage to convey the haunting doubt that plagues our subconscious long after the momentary tantrum subsides.
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