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From: New Orleans, LA, United States
Last Known Status: Active
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Housecore Records is pumping out some awesome music these days. Although relatively quiet in the past, it’s owner Philp Anselmo of Down and Pantera notoriety is working with the bands he signed on to get their albums out, get them on the road, and get Housecore out there for everyone to enjoy. To celebrate the beginning of something big, Housecore Records put on a show of a few of their biggest bands; sludge legends Crowbar, Phil’s favorites haarp, and classic thrashers Warbeast all the way from Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas. I was able to get footage of each band of the night. The decibel level was very high, however, so the sound is slightly grainy. If you see any people wearing shiny party hats in the videos, it’s because it was my birthday. I passed out the hats to my friends and they went in the mosh pit with them. More...
MetalSucks recently conducted an interview with guitarist Kirk Windstein of Crowbar, Down, and Kingdom of Sorrow. Windstein addressed the recent news surrounding his decision to drop off Kingdom of Sorrow's Ozzfest stint in favor of treating his alcohol problem. He also explained the myriad delays that affected the upcoming Down DVD "Diary of a Madband," updated fans about the forthcoming new Crowbar album, and commented on Crowbar's legacy as a band that influences today's young crop of metal bands. Excerpts from the interview follow.
On leaning on his bandmates for support and advice during the recovery process:
Kirk: Yeah, totally. I’ve talked to Rex [Brown, Down bassist] about it because he’s dealt with a lot of problems himself. There’s not a person in any of my bands that hasn’t experienced it from time to time with the exception of Nicky and Charlie from Kingdom of Sorrow (the drummer and guitar player); they’ve never had a drink or tried a drug in their life. Everyone else in my bands, in Down and Jamey from Kingdom and the guys in Crowbar, have all at times had issues with stuff. Every person is different, and it’s a matter of keeping yourself healthy and not letting it get out of control. For me, it got out of control. Would I be a fool and a liar to sit here and say that I don’t think about it? It’s a normal thing to always think that you can control it. That’s what the battle of it is. It’s like “okay, I’m home. I’m detoxed. I get it. I’m in the right headspace. I’m physically and mentally in the right place and headed in the right direction.” It’s a matter of you realizing that you doing what you need to do is basically what it comes down to.
On a new Down album:
Kirk: 2011 I would say. Yeah. Something for sure. We’re not even there yet, so I think that’s totally feasible. Obviously not this year because it would have to be signed, sealed, delivered and done already. It’s not there by any means. It’s always going to happen and Down is always going to be there. So that’s a good thing.More...
Taking a small break from recording their next record, CROWBAR has announced several live dates this fall:
Oct. 18 Austin, TX - Emo's
Oct. 19 Houston, TX - Numbers
Oct. 21 Lafayette, LA - Sadie's Downtown
Oct. 22 Shreveport, LA - Riverside Warehouse
Newly signed to eOne Music, sludge metal legends CROWBAR will re-release three influential records, "Crowbar," "Live +1" and "Time Heals Nothing" on October 5th, 2010. These three records are the band’s core titles and have influenced many of today’s major metal acts including LAMB OF GOD and HATEBREED. With each title originally being released in the early nineties, this will be the first time all three records will be widely available in stores and online. A new CROWBAR record is planned for early 2011.
Kingdom Of Sorrow has announced that founding member Kirk Windstein, who is also a founding member of Crowbar and Down, will not be taking part in the band's upcoming tour dates due to health issues. In his place will be Type O Negative guitarist Kenny Kickey.
Kirk Windstein states: "Hey all, Kirk here. Just wanted to let everyone know that I will be taking a much needed break and will not be joining my bros in KOS for Ozzfest. I have entered the AA program and am turning over a new leaf. 25 years of gigging and touring has taken its toll and my drinking is now preventing me from being the healthiest, best player that I can be. It’s been a fun ride, but I’m ready to tackle this sober and look forward to being at the top of my game with all of my projects! I am happy to say that Kenny Hickey will once again be filling my spot for these 8 shows. Thanks Kenny, I love you bro!!! Thanks to everyone for their support. All my best, Kirk Windstein."
Jamey Jasta adds: "The road is no place for Kirk right now. He has begun to address his problems so he can lead a happy and healthy life and continue to rock with Down, CROWBAR and Kingdom Of Sorrow. I only want the best for him and I feel like sitting this tour out is a step in the right path."
In a recent interview with MetalGeek, Crowbar leader Kirk Windstein, who is also the guitarist for Down and Kingdom Of Sorrow, talked about the forthcoming new Crowbar album and how the band is approaching it. An excerpt from the interview reads as follows:
Q: So what can you tell us about the new Crowbar record?
A: "Heavy (laughs)! What we have is really, really good, I think people will really enjoy it. When we come back to the states we will put it together. I told the guys ‘Let’s take a few more weeks even if it means that we can’t get it out this year’ – because it is too important of a record for us to rush it. It’s been this long since the last one so what the fuck... it has to be a really strong record so a couple more months is totally worth it."
Read the full article at MetalGeek.
Sludge metal legends CROWBAR have signed a worldwide deal with E1 Music. The band will be releasing a new full-length album later this fall. "CROWBAR is very excited to have landed this deal with E1 Music! We have always been very proud of what we do and the new record will not disappoint and of our die hard fans." says front man and guitar player Kirk Windstein.
The forthcoming album will be the follow up to the band’s last album, "Lifesblood for the Downtrodden," which was released out in 2005. Windstein continues. "Big thanks to Jamey Jasta, Steve Ross and the legal team at E1 Music. Get ready, with a real label behind us we will crush!"
E1 Music Vice President of Metal Scott Givens adds, "CROWBAR have influenced a generation of great bands and E1 is fully committed to making this the band’s biggest selling record of its long and storied career."
Kirk Windstein formed CROWBAR in 1991. Since that time, the band's sound has profoundly influenced a new generation of metal acts the world over. Weinstein is also a key member of KINGDOM OF SORROW (with HATEBREED front man Jamey Jasta) and DOWN.
Many cities across the world have become known for producing many great metal bands. Birmingham, New York, San Francisco are just a few, but one that frequently gets forgotten is New Orleans, Louisiana. New Orleans produced arguably the greatest bands in the sludge metal genre, and perhaps the greatest of these bands was Crowbar. Crowbar was formed from the ashes of hardcore outfit The Slugs, with the original lineup consisting of bass player Todd Strange, drummer Craig Nunenmacher, guitarist Kevin Nooger and frontman Kirk Windstein. They released their debut album, "Obediance Thru Suffering" in 1991 which was well received but failed to sell well. However, the band was helped tremedously by Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo when he produced their next album and gave the band a support slot on one of Pantera's national tours, as well as wearing a Crowbar shirt in the video for "I'm Broken."
Crowbar drummer Craig Nunenmacher decided to leave the band in 1996 and was replaced by Jimmy Bower of Eyehategod. This lineup released the albums "Broken Glass" and "Odd Fellows Rest" in 1996 and 1998 respectively, before the band briefly recruited drummer Sid Montz for the 2000 album, "Equilibrium." Montz was replaced soon after with original drummer Nunenmacher, though once again his tenure would be brief, as he left to join Black Label Society soon after. The band then went on a hiatus for a while as Windstein concentrated on working with Down, the band which also featured Pantera members Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown, along with Corrosion Of Conformity leader Pepper Keenan and long-time friend Jimmy Bower, before returning with a completely new lineup in 2004, which included Rex Brown and guitarist Steve Gibb, former guitarist of Black Label Society and son of Bee Gee, Barry Gibb. This incarnation of the band released the album, "Lifesblood For The Downtrodden" in 2005, though new members were recruited soon after in the form of bassist Patrick Bruders (of Goatwhore fame) and drummer Tommy Buckley (best known for his work in Soilent Green.)
The band has continued to tour since 2005 with the promise of a new album in the near future. Crowbar's continuity has been disrupted several times in recent years, owing largely to frontman Kirk Windstein being involved in Down, as well as Kingdom Of Sorrow, the band he founded with Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta in 2005. The band replaced guitarist Steve Gibb last year with Kingdom Of Sorrow guitarist Matthew Brunson and have since been touring steadily, most recently as special guests to Sepultura in Europe. Their influence on modern metal can be heard today, with many bands citing them as an influence and they remain one of the greatest acts to ever emerge from the legendary city of New Orleans... along with Fats Domino of course. More...
Kingdom Of Sorrow, the band featuring Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta and Crowbar leader and Down guitarist Kirk Windstein, has posted another track from their forthcoming new album, "Behind The Blackest Tears" online. You can check out the song, "Enlightened To Extinction" by heading to the bands official Myspace page. "Behind The Blackest Tears" is the bands second album, following their self-titled release in 2008. It is scheduled to be released on June 8th through Relapse Records.
Brazilian thrash metal legends Sepultura recently completed a tour of Europe which saw them appear in many venues, as well as several festivals. A message from the band reads as follows:
"First leg of European tour is over! 22 shows in a row! That was a first. We have never done so many shows with no days to rest in between.
"Of course we had some minor problems on the way. Jean got his thumbs busted and had to start playing with gloves on to protect the wound. In Prague, so cold! Derrick almost got a cold and lost his voice. And the problem with so many shows in a row is that you just don't have time to recover!
"Mr. Nick Harris (drummer, Armed For Apocalypse) had to wear a sign not to be mistaken with Derrick. More...
Kingdom Of Sorrow, the band featuring Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta and Crowbar leader/Down guitarist Kirk Windstein, has posted a second video online which looks at the making of the bands forthcoming second studio album, "Behind The Blackest Tears." You can check out both videos below. The album will be released on June 8th through Relapse Records. More...
Kingdom Of Sorrow, the heavy metal supergroup featuring Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta and Crowbar frontman/Down guitarist Kirk Windstein, has announced that their second studio album, "Behind The Blackest Tears" will be released in June. More information will be revealed shortly.
Louisiana's Suicide War, who recently announced the addition of Goatwhore's Ben Falgoust for vocal duties, has now issued the following update about recruiting Kirk Windstein:
"Yes!! It is true.... Kirk will be doing vocal duties along side Ben in Suicide War. He will also be filling the bass duties, if and when Suicide War plans to do some shows. I know some people are expecting his signature Crowbar style vocals, but he has approached this project from a completely different angle. We are so pleased, and thankful to have Kirk involved with this project. We hope all the fans appreciate what we are trying to accomplish with this beast, and we promise you all wont be let down! Thanks and spread the word!"
Sample Suicide War tracks can also be heard via the band's MySpace page.
For the first time in over twenty years, two amazing metal bands from the sludge-covered city of New Orleans shared a stage. The crowds came out in droves for the show, bearing the freezing temperatures to see what will be considered a landmark show. There were many familiar faces in attendance, but the large amount of middle-aged non-metalheads was staggering. I can only speculate that these people came because Exhorder was one of their favorites as a kid, and even though they don’t like metal anymore, they wanted to see a band from their youth. It was similar to the crowd from their first show in years in November 2009 that had even less younger people. Regardless of the differences in the crowd, everyone had a great time watching the incredible event unfold. More...
For the first time since 1992, Exhorder and Crowbar will share the same stage at Metal Gras 2010 on Friday, February 12th with Flesh Parade opening. The show will take place at The Hangar, located at 1511 S. Rendon in New Orleans during the biggest weekend of Mardi Gras. Tickets are $20.00 with doors at 9pm. The show starts at 10pm.
Crowbar has announced the following European tour dates supporting Sepultura with Gama Bomb:
03.04. Annemasse - Chateau Rouge (France)
04.04. Marmande - Garorock Fest (France)
05.04. Villava (Pamplona) - Sala Totem (Spain) NEW
06.04. Madrid - Sala Heineken (Spain) NEW
07.04. Santiago De Comostela - Sala Caitol (Spain)
08.04. Lisbon - Cine Teatro Du Corroios (Portugal) NEW
09.04. Granada - Sala el Tren (Spain)
10.04. Villareal - Sala Tal (Spain)
11.04. Perpignan - El Mediator (France)
12.04. Mulhouse - Noumatrouf (France)
13.04. Stuttgart - LKA (Germany) NEW
14.04. Bochum - Matrix (Germany)
16.04. Aarhus - Royal Metal Fest (Denmark)
18.04. Pisek - CK Pisek (Czech Republic)
19.04. Brno - KD Semilasso (Czech Republic)
20.04. Prague - Modra Vopice (Czech Republic)
21.04. Krakow - Studio Cub (Poland)
22.04. Warsaw - Progresja (Poland)
23.04. Erfurt - Centrum (Germany) NEW
24.04. Magny Le Hongre - File 7 (France)
Vocalist Kirk Windstein, of the sludge metal band Crowbar, has issued the following update:
"Hey to all of the Crowbar supporters out there. I will be having a bunch of updates coming your way really soon. For starters, Matt Brunson (Kingdom Of Sorrow) is now the permanent guitarist in Crowbar. We of course all remain very good friends with Steve Gibb, but his personal training business and gym are doing great I'm happy to report, but that, and his family at home simply do not give him the time to play with Crowbar any longer. We love him dearly and thank him for his dedication while he was jamming with Crowbar."
"I would also like to inform anyone that doesn't already know, the first show of the Stillborn Fest with Hatebreed has been moved from Syracuse to Electric Factory in Philly. This will take place on the 26th of December. Please check www.hatebreed.com for any more updates. There are a lot of good things going on in the Crowbar camp and I will be updating the site frequently. "
In a recent message to the bands fanbvase, Crowbar lead vocalist/guitarist Kirk Windstein announced that the band has parted ways with guitarist Steve Gibb. His message reads as follows:
"Hey to all of the Crowbar supporters out there. I will be having a bunch of updates coming your way really soon.
"For starters, Matt Brunson (KINGDOM OF SORROW) is now the permanent guitarist in Crowbar. We, of course, all remain very good friends with Steve Gibb, but his personal training business and gym are doing great I'm happy to report, but that and his family at home simply do not give him the time to play with Crowbar any longer. We love him dearly and thank him for his dedication while he was jamming with Crowbar.
"I would also like to inform anyone that doesn't already know, the first show of the Stillborn Fest with HATEBREED has been moved from Syracuse to Electric Factory in Philly. This will take place on December 26th. Please check hatebreed.com for any more updates. There are a lot of good things going on in the Crowbar camp and I will be updating the site frequently.
"Until next time, stay heavy and thanks for your support."
The Decimation of the Nation 2 Tour is packed with big names and even bigger music. Veteran bands Hatebreed and Cannibal Corpse alongside Unearth, Hate Eternal and Born of Osiris makes for an unforgettable evening that no metalhead has an excuse to miss. For the New Orleans show, Crowbar made a last minute decision to join in the fun making it even more awesome for the crowd in attendance. Luckily, I was able to film their set so those who didn’t have the privilege of being there. More...
New Orleans metal band CROWBAR has announced they will be playing this year's STILLBORN FEST. The 5 North East dates are w/ HATEBREED, THE ACACIA STRAIN, THE CASUALTIES & THY WILL BE DONE. The dates are as follows:
12/26 - Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
12/27 - Springfield, VA@ Jaxx
12/28 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
12/29 - Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
12/30 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
COG presents Crowbar.
It’s been a while since the sludge gods have played. Yes, they’ve been around town at other shows and have played with their other bands, but Crowbar is something that cannot be forsaken. For twenty years, they have been covering metalheads with a thick layer of Louisiana swamp muck that you’ll be hard-pressed to wash off. But with all of the rough past, drugs, bands, records and line-up changes (and, believe me, they’ve had a lot of line-up changes), Crowbar is still the king of sludge metal. On July 25th, they graced the stage of One Eyed Jacks in the heart of the historic French Quarter and killed. More...