Best viewed without Internet Explorer, in x resolution or higher. Arguing about Crowbar is a perfectly reasonable activity to take part in, since one can see the surprisingly high scores they have obtained both for this album and Odd Fellows Rest here on the Metal Archives. However, arguing about Crowbar while actually listening to Crowbar is a different matter entirely and one that resembles the kind of argument you would have while facing off against a juggernaut while on your bicycle. Another way to put that is like this: on paper, Crowbar don't pose much of a challenge, but in the flesh or on CD or whatever they sure as shit get your attention. I remember Kirk Windstein once saying that his plan with Crowbar was to find "the brown note", which would make their music so earth-shakingly heavy they would be able to sell Crowbar nappies diapers at gigs. Despite the fact that he was quite clearly joking, there is an element of doubt in my mind as I listen to this about how close the band came, because a song like 'Counting Daze' booms out from broad bottom-end guitars, while 'Awakening' would certainly aid the unwary in making use of that nappy with its shocking burst of speed. A lot of the appeal of Crowbar surely comes from the molten guitars and the riffs that Windstein and Sammy Pierre Duet produce: there isn't a great deal of complicated extras on this record, nor do the guitarists play anything that resembles a solo, aside from the dreamy breather that is the short instrumental 'In Times of Sorrow'. The style of Sonic Excess is thus based on attrition rather than immediate impact, meaning that you won't be instantly sucked into the music but will eventually be won over by sheer effort on the band's part. That word attrition is also useful for expressing the nature of the struggle that goes into the mood of the compositions and much of the lyrical content. As one might expect from sludge metal, nothing happens easily as though the bandmembers are being pulled back by some sticky concoction as they are trying to run and break free, causing the pace of most of the tracks to loom and lope in slow motion, which is more effective when contrasted by some sudden bursts of speed.
Sonic Excess In Its Purest Form
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It was released in It is the last album to feature guitarist Sammy Duet, and the first and only album to feature bassist Jeff Okoneski and ex- Machine Head drummer Tony Costanza. Sonic Excess in its Purest Form has been considered by most fans and critics to be one of Crowbar's best albums. Robert Davis of Sputnik Music gave the album a 4. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article does not cite any sources. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Sludge metal Music of New Orleans. Categories : Crowbar American band albums albums.
There have been few bands to continuously shape sludge metal as a genre from its swampy New Orleans origins to its current international spread the way Crowbar did. Kirk Windstein and co. About this time last year, I was working on a research project that aimed to identify which musical element has the greatest impact on the perceived heaviness of metal riffs.