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CROWBAR Release new Album Zero And Below

CROWBAR To Release New Album Zero And Below

Today marks the official unveiling of Zero And Below, the quaking new full-length from New Orleans, Louisiana sludge metal trailblazers CROWBAR, out now on MNRK Heavy!

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.

The moment you hear it, you know it’s CROWBAR. Led by riff lord/vocalist Kirk Windstein, with guitarist Matt Brunson, bassist Shane Wesley, and drummer Tommy Buckley, songs like “Chemical Godz,” “It’s Always Worth The Gain,” and “Bleeding From Every Hole,” are unapologetic emotional outpourings, with a bare-knuckle resolve alongside its soul-searching vulnerability, reliably delivered with crushing heaviness. A genuine band’s band, with a wide-ranging influence across multiple genres, CROWBAR “helped draw up the sludge metal blueprints” (Kerrang!).

Writes Blabbermouth of Zero And Below in part, “”The Fear That Binds You’ is just the oppressive, riff-driven tonic that CROWBAR fans have come to expect. Huge of riff and insistent of groove, it’s as brutish and unforgiving as anything in the band’s repertoire, and Windstein sounds newly engaged, clearheaded,and seriously pissed off. ‘Her Evil Is Sacred’ turns up the doom and the tempo, and it’s CROWBAR in their absolute element: riffs that just won’t quit, and an incensed, near-feral vocal from the man himself. ‘Confess To Nothing’ and ‘Chemical Godz’ both deliver the classic Windsteinian goods: the former is a slithering, swamp-dwelling thing, propelled forward on waves of unease; the latter is a turbulent, soul-sapping monolith to its creators’ original blueprint, with Sabbath-ian rumble and woozy, tripped out terror equally integral to its impact.”

Decibel Magazine hails a record that’s, “…as dark and heavy as a midnight avalanche,” further noting, “The band balances their signature grimy groove with scrums of hardcore punk while nodding to Carnivore’s Retaliation. It’s intentionally old school through and through down to the influences that helped chisel Obedience Through Suffering out of pure granite.” Adds Metal Injection, “It’s slow (but not too slow) and dark and heavy as the swamps are deep. Their music makes you feel like you’re trudging in the marshlands around Lake Martin in the middle of the night while being slowly pursued by some deviously hungry gators…besides the songcraft and the heaviness, the one thing that CROWBAR has just so much of is soul. Windstein’s voice is so real, approachable and downright soulful. You feel what he’s feeling…”

Zero And Below is available on CD, LP, cassette, and digitally. Preview and purchase the record at THIS LOCATION.

View the band’s previously-released video for “Chemical Godz” HERE and “Bleeding From Every Hole” HERE.

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 TONIGHT, March 4th, in Sacramento, California and runs through April 9th in Berkeley, California. Additional support will be provided by Art Of Shock. All tickets previously purchased for the 2020 dates will be honored. In May, the band will join Gwar for another run of US dates set to commence May 23rd in Colorado Springs, Colorado and run through June 17th in Reading, Pennsylvania. Additional support will be provided by The Native Howl and Nekrogoblikon. 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
w/ Gwar, The Native Howl, Nekrogoblikon:
5/23/2022 The Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
5/24/2022 Mesa Theater – Grand Junction, CO
5/26/2022 Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA
5/27/2022 Senator Theatre – Chico, CA
5/28/2022 House of Blues – San Diego, CA
5/29/2022 The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
5/31/2022 Vibes Event Center – San Antonio, TX
6/02/2022 Club LA – Destin, FL
6/03/2022 The Signal – Chattanooga, TN
6/04/2022 Music Farm – Charleston, SC
6/05/2022 The Underground – Charlotte, NC
6/07/2022 The Forge – Joliet, IL
6/08/2022 Epic Event Center – Green Bay, WI
6/10/2022 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
6/11/2022 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
6/12/2022 Empire Live – Albany, NY
6/14/2022 Wally’s – Hampton Beach, NH
6/15/2022 Higher Ground – Burlington, VT
6/16/2022 The Strand – Providence, RI
6/17/2022 Reverb – Reading, PA

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Bobby Caughron

Bobby Caughron is a music journalist and Editor-In-Chief for XS ROCK. He began a life-long fan of hard rock and metal music after hearing KISS as a kid. He is still an avid fan of the 80s metal scene and continues to discover and write about new music in all rock genres today.

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