There have been three notable releases in my taste of metal today, and it would be pointless to write a separate article for each, so they will all be addressed in one article.
New Orleans sludge band Crowbar has premiered a new track. With a new bassist, as well as Kirk Windstein having left supergroup Down to focus on Crowbar full time, fans have had high hopes for any new releases from the band. The new song, “Walk with Knowledge Wisely,” is certainly a fulfillment of those hopes.
Kirk Windstein once again proves himself the “riff lord” with this track, which is a fine example of the brutally crushing Crowbar sound. It presents what will hopefully be the feel of the new album, which will be called Symmetry in Black.
Stoner rock classic Fu Manchu has also released a new song today, called “Invaders on My Back.” It is from their upcoming album, which will be called Gigantoid.
Fu Manchu have long been a favorite of the stoner rock scene, and for good reason. They have a fast and pummeling sound dripping with fuzz, and energetic vocals that complete the feel. The new track is no exception, and presents a good omen for the sound of the band’s upcoming album.
The third release today that I find notable and exciting is from sludge band Sourvein. While in the same genre as Crowbar, Sourvein has a much different and darker feel. The band features members of the seminal sludge/crust punk band Buzzov•en, and the new song is called “Follow the Light.”
As with all other Sourvein tracks, this song features slow and heavy sections, as well as sections with faster riffage. Sourvein is one of two notable bands formed out of Buzzov•en. The other is Weedeater, which coincidentally has also been teasing a new song.