Crowbar’s Kirk Windstein on new album “Zero and Below,” the NOLA music scene, KISS, and much more!

Crowbar – image courtesy of Justin Reich

Crowbar is a band that has long been in legendary status. They’ve blazed a path in sludge metal since 1990 and have roots as far back as 1979. They’ve influenced about as many bands as people they’ve played in front of throughout the world and through all this, and on album number twelve, they are still as heavy and vital as ever. Zero and Below is a beast of an album that is as much of the band’s legacy as powdered sugar is to beignets or butter to crawfish. But, it’s also an album that continues the trajectory of one of the most beloved bands in the history of metal. Sludge would be an entirely different animal if not for Crowbar and their savage riffs coupled with Kirk’s gravelly vocals, and Zero and Below is yet another triumph in a long line of them. Buke sat down with Kirk Windstein (aka RIFF LORD) and discussed the new album and how it feels to be on album number twelve, the NOLA music scene and how all its musicians create the most original and unique sounds as well as how it feels like one big family, a bit of Crowbar history and how Kirk got started on the guitar, a lifelong fandom of KISS and his favorite member, Kirk’s love of animals, absolutely zero retirement plans in the works, and a whole host of other topics.

This is a killer conversation, so grab your beverage of choice and settle in for a wicked edition of the Nine Circles Audio Thing.

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Initial Descent: February 27 – March 5, 2022

Midnight

As the world keeps laying dull turds at our feet, the music just gets better and better. At least there’s that. For this week’s new release batch, we’ve got several examples of my previous statement and first up is everyone’s favorite demon rocker, Midnight, who are nothing if not incredibly reliable when it comes to needing something fast, dangerous, and wickedly good. Following that we’ve got sludge from the all time great riff lords Crowbar, death metal with a side of blackened char from Hath, a stunning return from Vio-Lence who prove they haven’t lost a thrashy step in all these years, and a bunch more worthy of your time in the list that follows. So, keep expecting those turds, but absolutely keep supporting great music. Seemingly, it only gets better from here.

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Initial Descent: February 13 – 19, 2022

Immolation

Every time I see another news blip that Chris Barnes has opened his mouth, I shake my head and wonder why he’s even talking. For a guy that hasn’t put out a good death metal album in 23 years, he sure can talk some stupid shit. So, in case you missed it, just type it in the search bar and read up for a good laugh. MOVING ON… speaking of good excellent death metal, Immolation are back with a beast of an album and again, I get to knock off another preorder for one of my highly anticipated releases. Much excite. The death metal rolls on with speed freaks Schizophrenia and techies The Last of Lucy, Pike vs The Automaton lands and it’s absolutely Matt Pikeian (good, good thing), and we close with tons more in the list below. By the way, death metal ain’t dead folks. It’s just getting better everyday.

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CANTO: Crowbar, Arch Enemy, Heilung, and More

Well, this week certainly isn’t playing out as we drew it up.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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