Power of Metal.dk Review

Symmetry in Black
Style: Sludge Metal
Release date: 26 May, 2014
Playing time: 48:11

Sludge pioneers Crowbar have maintained their place as one of the genres heaviest hitters.

This is what you want from Sludge. The lyrics are deep and melancholy and the guitar tones are right down low just where they need to be.

I'd gotten used to seeing founding member Kirk Windstein as a member of Down and, to my fault, forgotten his vocal prowess, both in vocal performance and as a lyricist. He draws on the influence the late Peter Steele had on him on 'Symbolic Suicide'

It is an out and out Sludge album and doesn't pretend to be anything else or try to step away in to other things, but I get more depth to the lyrics. Generally not being a fan of the genre, this has enthralled me.

This album marks 25 years of Crowbar, and it is Kirks sole focus to move ahead with crowbar for the foreseeable future. His 'baby' which he is now free to concentrate on. "I have nothing to stop me from throwing nothing less than 100 percent in to Crowbar", explains Windstein, who left Down last year on completely amicable terms with everyone in order to pursue Crowbar.

Crowbar have succeeded in progressing with what is fundamental to their sound but without sounding aged or dated. I look forward to seeing them live next month at Hellfest. Check out their web page for other European tour dates.

01. Walk With Knowledge Wisely
Symmetry In White
The Taste Of Dying
Reflection Of Deciet
Ageless Decay
The Foreboding
Shaman Of Belief
Teach The Blind To See
A Wealth Of Empathy
11. Symbolic Suicide
12. The Piety Of Self-Loathing
Label: Century Media
Distribution: Universal (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Matt Fabi
Date: 28 May, 2014
Website: Crowbar @ Facebook