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Friday, January 28 2011 00:00

CROWBAR - SEVER THE WICKED HAND (Advance Album Review)

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61joRfQfQ2L. SL160 It's been six years since the release of CROWBAR's last studio album, and now with SEVER THE WICKED HAND (out February 8, 2011 via eOne Music) the band could easily deliver this album with a message: this album has been worth the wait.

One of the premiere representatives of the sludge movement, SEVER THE WICKED HAND is a punch to the gut, just the way it should be. From the opening notes of "Isolation (Desperation)" the band cuts a signature groove that is unsurpassed among their peers. Kirk Windstein (also of DOWN and KINGDOM OF SORROW) is unmistakable in his vocal delivery, which takes center stage as a driving force in the band.

Video: CROWBAR - "The Cemetery Angels"

While the opening track bears a chorus that should send some hardcore kids falling to their knees, there's some real gems throughout the album with "Liquid Sky and Cold Black Earth," "As I Become One," and "Protectors of the Shrine" emerging as standouts. Figure in the melodic "A Farwell to Misery," which provides an ambient break near the album's mid section, and the brutal "Cleanse Me, Heal Me" as one of the album's third-act highlights, and you have one hell of an album.

With CROWBAR set to embark on the METALLIANCE Tour alongside HELMET and SAINT VITUS, here's hoping that they (along with their tourmates) can reach some new audiences that have yet to experience their music - opening the door for a new generation of listeners to embrace one of metal's true workhorse bands, another that has never really gotten the recognition that they so rightfully deserve

Rating: 4/5

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

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