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Crowbar: Sever the Wicked Hand

Lousiana's Crowbar are one of those metal acts that you can count on to deliver solid releases time after time after time. Though it's been six years since their last CD Lifesblood for the Downtrodden, Kirk Windstein & crew have not lost a step, as Sever the Wicked Hand is another crushing example of their blend of monstrous Black Sabbath styled doom & brutal hardcore.

Windstein has assembled a fairly new line-up here this time around, with Soilent Green drummer Tommy Buckley, Goatwhore's Patrick Bruders , and Matt Brunson from Kingdom of Sorrow all joining the fray this time around. The results are still typical Crowbar, as Sever the Wicked Hand is littered with songs thick with fat Tony Iommi inspired riffing and Windstein's patented hardcore bellow. Plenty of enjoyable doom here, such as "As I Become One", "Liquid Sky and Cold Black Earth", "Isolation (Desperation)", and the massive title track, but as always the band vary things up a bit and throw in bits of thrash and hardcore into the mix to stir the pot around. For some, this formula might be a tad tired, as there's nothing on Sever the Wicked Hand that's drastically different than previous Crowbar releases, but damn if these guys do what they do well. If you like huge riffs in the classic Sabbath style, then you really can't go wrong with what Crowbar can dish out.

All in all, Sever the Wicked Hand is another winner from Crowbar, and one of early 2011's must hear metal releases.

Track Listing
01. Isolation (Desperation)
02. Sever The Wicked Hand
03. Liquid Sky And Cold Black Earth
04. Let Me Mourn
05. The Cemetery Angels
06. As I Become One
07. A Farewell to Misery
08. Protectors Of The Shrine
09. I Only Deal In Truth
10. Echo An Eternity
11. Cleanse Me, Heal Me
12. Symbiosis

Added: March 30th 2011
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band Website
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Language: english

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