Instantly interesting is ‘Sever the Wicked Hand’, the latest release by Crowbar from New Orleans, Louisiana. Being a fan of slower heavy music, I find the songs “Liquid Sky and Cold Black Earth” and “Echo an Eternity” simply marvelous. “Symbiosis” is also in this vein, intermingled with faster parts, and a strong track. If you like louder and faster, the single “The Cemetery Angels” and the title track “Sever the Wicked Hand” would be highly recommended. The slower single “Let Me Mourn” is one of my favorites.
Some may find this release more polished sounding, but I find the lyrics understandable and the singing accessible. I’m not very keen on the choking on fast food vocals of some heavier bands. The edgy vocals of “Isolation (Desperation)” has a rougher feel without being overbearing.
“As I Become One” is my favorite song here, a mid-tempo song with shimmering moments of steller guitars, and perfect for parties. “A Farewell to Misery” starts out with mellow, slow guitar joined with piano in the background and glides into mellow vocals with no lyrics, finishing only with a nice sounding guitar. This is a fine example of the range of Crowbar.
“Cleanse Me, Heal Me” is a faster, ‘sneak up on you’ type of song with mid-tempo inserts. “I Only Deal in Truth” and “Protecters of the Shine” are quite a contrast to “Farewell to Misery,” but variety being the spice of life makes ‘Sever the Wicked Hand’ yet another off the road four star release of 2011. It is so good getting back on the road may be hard to do. Frontman Kirk Windstein on vocals and guitar is joined by bandmates Matthew Brunson on guitars, Patrick Bruders on bass, and Tommy Buckley on drums. Holds up well under repeated listening.
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