Next week, New Orleans, Louisiana sludge metal trailblazers CROWBAR will drop their long-awaited new full-length, Zero And Below via MNRK Heavy! In advance of the record’s release, today the band unleashes a video for “Bleeding From Every Hole,” now playing at BrooklynVegan.
The moment you hear it, you know it’s CROWBAR. Praised by media giants like Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Decibel, and Revolver … Twice immortalized by MTV’s Beavis And Butt-Head… The group is worshiped by the heartbroken and downtrodden – those who exorcise their demons in smoke-covered riffs of mournful devastation. A genuine band’s band, with a wide-ranging influence across multiple genres, CROWBAR “helped draw up the sludge metal blueprints” (Kerrang!).
Produced, mixed, and mastered by Duane Simoneaux at OCD Recording And Production in Metairie, Louisiana, Zero And Below is reverently old-school, counterbalanced by a resonant melodicism that’s stunningly mature. The record, which cements the band’s dense catalog exactly one dozen studio albums deep, is the most unforgivably doom-driven CROWBAR record since their 1998 landmark effort, Odd Fellows Rest.
Led by riff lord Kirk Windstein, whose menacing bellow and smooth drawl puts resilient, unrepentant strength behind even the most somber odes to suffering, songs like “Chemical Godz,” “It’s Always Worth The Gain,” and latest single, “Bleeding From Every Hole,” are unapologetic emotional outpourings, with a bare-knuckle resolve alongside its soul-searching vulnerability, reliably delivered with crushing heaviness.
Notes Windstein, “I really love this track. It’s kind of strange that it was written before the Covid epidemic because the song is basically what so many people went through in a metaphorical way during the shutdowns, loss of work, and social life. Things seemed so bad that no matter which way you turned it was the wrong direction. I wanted to express that there are people that feel that things are hopeless… but they do get better in the end. Your inner strength is there. It needs to be let out. I hope everyone enjoys the song. It is really one of my favorites.”
Adds BrooklynVegan, “The song’s a rager that finds CROWBAR’s mix of heaviness and melodicism in fine form, and it comes with a video that’s modeled after a creepy, campy horror movie.”
Watch CROWBAR’s “Bleeding From Every Hole” video at THIS LOCATION.
View the band’s previously-released video for “Chemical Godz” HERE.
Zero And Below will be available on March 4th on CD, LP, cassette, and digitally. Find preorders at THIS LOCATION.
In conjunction with the release of Zero And Below, CROWBAR will join Sepultura and Sacred Reich for the North America Cuadra Tour 2022. Initially scheduled as a 2020 run, the journey kicks off March 4th and runs through April 9th. Additional support will be provided by Art Of Shock. All tickets previously purchased for the 2020 dates will be honored. See all confirmed dates below.
CROWBAR w/ Sepultura, Sacred Reich, Art Of Shock:
3/04/2022 Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA
3/05/2022 The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT
3/06/2022 Oriental Theater – Denver, CO
3/08/2022 Wildwood – Iowa City, IA
3/09/2022 Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN
3/10/2022 Rave II – Milwaukee, WI
3/11/2022 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
3/12/2022 The Forge – Joliet, IL
3/13/2022 Thunderbird Music Hall – Pittsburgh, PA
3/15/2022 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
3/16/2022 Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY * CROWBAR only
3/17/2022 Rec Room – Buffalo, NY * CROWBAR only
3/18/2022 Big Night Live – Boston, MA
3/19/2022 Theatre Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
3/20/2022 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
3/21/2022 House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH
3/23/2022 Blind Tiger – Greensboro, NC
3/24/2022 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
3/25/2022 Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
3/26/2022 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
3/28/2022 Southport Music Hall – New Orleans, LA
3/29/2022 Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX
3/31/2022 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
4/01/2022 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
4/02/2022 GMBG – Dallas, TX
4/03/2022 Rockhouse – El Paso, TX
4/05/2022 The Nile Theater – Phoenix, AZ
4/06/2022 House Of Blues – San Diego, CA
4/08/2022 Belasco Theater – Los Angeles, CA
4/09/2022 UC Theatre – Berkeley, CA
Kirk Windstein – vocals/guitar
Matt Brunson – guitar
Shane Wesley – bass
Tommy Buckley – drums