Disc 1 Equilibrium
Feel The Burning Sun
Glass Full Of Liquid Pain
Command Of Myself
Down Into The Rotting Earth
To Touch The Hand Of God -
Buried Once Again
Things You Can't Understand )
Euphoria Minus One
Disc 2 Odd Fellows Rest
Suffer As One
1000 Year Internal War
To Carry The Load
It's All In The Gravity
Behind The Black Horizon
New Man Born
Scattered Pieces Lay
Odd Fellows Rest
On Frozen Ground
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An awesome introduction to Crowbar
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 17/01/2011 16:59:19
This is a great place to start your Crowbar collection, this is where I started mine and never looked back. Kirk Windstein is the king of the riff, no note is too dark and no feedback is too much - pure sludge heaven. Far far away from radiowaves and a long way away from reality, VERY heavy and VERY tripped out. Got your attention?
Both of these albums are better produced than Crowbar albums generally are but this takes nothing away from the quality of the music. So, let's start with Odd Fellow's Rest:
The typically Crowbar intro sets the scene and leads us into crunchingly heavy doom anthem Planets Collide which Crowbar regulars will lap up.
But the real anthem on here is ...And Suffer As One. Quite possibly Kirk Windstein's best riff, and that's saying something. The slow, low, sludgy and unashamedly heavy riffing of this song makes the hairs stand up on my arms - so COOL!
To Carry The Load and It's All In The Gravity are two more unashamedly simple but shatteringly heavy numbers that whet our appetite until we eventually reach my second favourite on the album: Scattered Pieces Lay - which has more of a thrashy element to it, eventually leading into a more typical slow-and-heavy chorus riff and eventually going into a fade-out doom wail. Which fades into the spectacularly tripped out title-track, Odd Fellows Rest (named after a cemetery in New Orleans) which Sabbath fans will love to trip to.
Straight from that grainy shredding riff of I Feel The Burning Sun, this is Crowbar in full throttle consistency, Equilibrium is a good headbanger, while Glass Full Of Liquid Pain is a wailing chant-along for the gloomiest of doom fans.
Command Of Myself is a typical Crowbar number that does what they do best: slow and heavy Sabbath reborn riffage, leading into the slightly thrashy Down Into The Rotting Earth. To Touch The Hand Of God is a detuned piano piece which is different for them but typically tripped out and for that alone gets my thumbs up, Buried Once Again then is the next metallic belter until Euphoria Minus One which ticks all the boxes as far as the definitive sludge metallers go.
Well worth your money, giving you plenty of bang for your buck. Then spread the word to the real underground metallers out there and get some much deserved recognition sent Crowbar's way.
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: Kyle89 on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
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