With the release of their third full length album Time Heals Nothing in 1995, it certainly seemed like doom core pioneers Crowbar had perfected their brutal sludge infested sound. This album has now been given a well deserved remastering on golden disc and comes issued in a limited edition, lavish looking digipak courtesy of the folks over at Metal Mind.
While Crowbar's debut release Obedience Through Suffering suffered from a rather muddy production job (something the listener can hear for themselves on the four bonus tracks included), this band of outlaws from New Orleans definitely showed a great deal of promise. Leader Kirk Windstein (guitars, vocals) enlisted Pantera's Phil Anselmo to man the boards for their follow up in 1993, was simply entitled Crowbar. Although Anselmo still managed to refine the sound somewhat through his stripped down production, he did so without compromising their raw and abrasive attack. The album also marked a significant change in the quality of the songs themselves, the riffs were not only more memorable but mightier as well. The bands sound which has always relied on heaping amounts of massive , punishing drop tuned, riffs delivered at a slow, agonizing pace, were also beginning to incorporate elements of hardcore into their sonic palette.
Windstein and crew certainly don't waste any time getting down to business on Time Heals Nothing as the first two tracks "The Only Factor" and "No More Can We Crawl" go for the jugular and explode with the full force of an atom bomb. The title track which is an absolutely depressing work of art is the perfect summation of what Crowbar is all about both lyrically and musically, as Kurt recalls his mournful tale of one who has taken their own life and six years later time has indeed healed nothing. "Through A Wall Of Tears" which also operates along the same lines is another thick sounding, dirge that will slowly tear your heart into pieces, while tracks "Leave It Behind", "Lack Of Tolerance" and "A Perpetual Need" finds the band relying on said hardcore influences, concentrating on breakneck tempos that are coupled with a full on dose of in your face aggression.
Time Heals Nothing is the perfect example of just what makes Crowbar the doom legends they are as these ten uncompromising tracks perfectly blend their penchant for crafting, slow, sludge infested riffs, with the faster, more energetic elements of hardcore. It then gets molded into something truly unique which can only sound like Crowbar. Don't expect dramatic changes from one Crowbar album to the next as Windstein has pretty much stuck to the same successful formula now for almost twenty years. Each Crowbar release, regardless of how insignificant these musical changes might appear to be, instantly make the listener feel that Kurt's anguished tales were written with his own blood, sweat and tears and Time Heals Nothing is certainly no exception in this regard. Music for the downtrodden? Definitely!
1) The Only Factor
2) No More Can We Crawl
3) Time Heals Nothing
4) Leave It Behind
5) Through A Wall Of Tears
6) Lack Of Tolerance
7) Still I Reach
8) Embracing Emptiness
9) A Perpetual Need
10) Numb Sensitive
11) Waiting In Silence (Bonus Track)
12) Obedience Through Suffering (Bonus Track)
13) Vacuum (Bonus Track)
14) Subversion (Bonus Track)