Down Books Appearance At Graspop Metal Meeting For “NOLA 25 Tour”

The long-rumored Down reunion is in effect for 2020! The first date of a presumed world tour celebrating the Stoner-Doom supergroup’s legendary debut album NOLA releasing twenty-five years ago next year will begin at Graspop Metal Meeting. The band features current and former members of southern metal greats Pantera, EyeHateGod, COC, Crowbar, Honky and more. The fest takes place June 18-20 in Belgium and added seventy new bands to the bill today, including Down. The announcement comes less than a month after singer Philip Anselmo revealed that the band was in talks to reunite in 2020 for some shows in celebration of the 25th anniversary. No word if former members like co-founder Kirk Windstein (Crowbar, Kingdomm of Sorrow, Rex Brown (Pantera), or the recently retired again Todd Strange will participate. Continue reading

Eyehategod – The Obsessed – Antiseen Live at Little Harpeth Brewery Nashville, TN

Resting in one of the more industrial parts of East Nashville is the beloved Little Harpeth Brewery. They serve award-winning German lagers and occasionally host some of the best heavy metal shows in town. Their rugged, warehouse space filled with kegs and fermentation equipment makes a rather enjoyable environment for live music. Friday night their spacious taproom was abuzz with anticipation for one of the most notable NOLA acts in the world, Eyehategod. Along with the legendary groups, The Obsessed and Antiseen, Nashville was in for a real heavy treat. Continue reading

Woven Man – Revelry (In Our Arms)

Those of us who developed a fondness for sludgey goodness back in the days of its infancy will have a soft spot for Welsh sluggers Acrimony, who blazed (!) an early trail for the sub-genre in the UK. While most of that band went on to found the Stoner grooves of Sigiriya, Lee ‘Roy’ Davies has drifted through guises until settling in the present day, and Woven Man: an outfit tipping its cap to The Wicker Man and aspects of his former band, which shine throughout debut album Revelry (In Our Arms) (Undergroove). Continue reading

Barbarian Hermit – Solitude and Savagery

Since their inception in 2013, Manchester quintet Barbarian Hermit has focused the vast majority of its Sludge grooves on live audiences around its home city and the rest of the UK. After two years of upheaval which has seen one original member return and two leave, debut album Solitude and Savagery (self-released) sees the band set out toward a brave new horizon. Continue reading

Bill & Phil – Songs of Darkness and Despair

If you find yourself seeking a soundtrack to a belligerent, drug fuelled weekend look no further than Songs of Darkness and Despair (Housecore Records), the new collaboration between the iconic Phil Anselmo and horror movie mainstay Bill Moseley. Continue reading

Iron Witch – A Harrowed Dawn

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I first saw Liverpool’s Iron Witch around five years ago, supporting the once-mighty Kylesa and looking ready, with a little nervousness, to take on the globe. Cue the obligatory hard knocks and line-up changes…debut album A Harrowed Dawn (Secret Law Records) has seemed an age in the making but boy, has it been worth the wait. Continue reading

Video: Crowbar Offers New Album Teaser, The Serpent Only Lies Due This Fall

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Long-running New Orleans sludge/doom leaders Crowbar has revealed their new album is due this fall. The Serpent Only Lies is due out from eOne on October 28th. You can watch the new album teaser at this link or below:

Frontman Kirk Windstein comments on the new album:

“We are so excited about our 11th studio record! The Serpent Only Lies is a powerful follow up. Eliran Kantor did a brilliant job with the artwork! Our first release, ‘Falling While Rising’, is Crowbar at its finest… HEAVIER THAN EVER!!!”

The Serpent Only Lies is the follow up to the acclaimmed release Symmetry in Black that sold over 4,000 copies in its first week of release in 2014, the highest of any LPs in the band’s 27 year career, beating 2011’s Sever the Wicked Hand.

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Further discussing the album Windstein said “To me, it’s a fresh-sounding version of old-school Crowbar.”

I intentionally went back and listened to a lot of old Crowbar stuff, like the self-titled and Broken Glass albums, to get a feel for what my mindset was 20-plus years ago. I also went back and listened to the bands that influenced Crowbar in the beginning, like Trouble, Saint Vitus, Melvins, and the first Type O Negative record. So it was kinda me doing my homework.”

Even lyrically, the approach was a little more old-school. Some of the songs have less lyrics to let the riffs breathe a little more, which I had kind of gotten away from over the years. It was a conscious thing to go back to that.”

The Serpent Only Lies marks the return of original Crowbar bassist Todd “Sexy T” Strange, who left the band back in 1999. He now now joins Windstein, drummer Tommy Buckley and guitarist Matt Brunson. “Todd helped start the band, so having him back is important to me and, I think, the fans,” said Windstein. “It’s a great feeling to be standing onstage next to him. It’s a breath of fresh air for the band and makes us stronger.”

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