Sludge: History of Crowbar

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Like the tool from which they take their name, Crowbar specialize in manipulating and battering heavy objects. Sludge: History of Crowbar offers a 15-song glimpse -- taken from six albums -- into this New Orleans band's extremely down-tuned heavy metal history. Like a stripped-down version of Pantera, Crowbar employs heavy-string guitar chugging, stops and starts, and macho vocals, but without the trebly leads. Essentially, this is tough-guy metal, a hybrid of New York hardcore, the life of pain vocals of Henry Rollins, and slow, plodding riffage. Certainly not for the meek, Crowbar play exactly the kind of music they look like they would play; judging from photos, there probably isn't a band member under 200 pounds, and they look as if they've been unloading trucks all day prior to picking up their instruments. If you like metal played as heavy and skeletally as humanly possible -- with absolutely no frills -- this is certainly a good place to find it.

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