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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Throwback Thursday: Eyehategod’s “Dopesick” Turns 20!

Eyehategod-DopesickHaving already established themselves as NOLA’s chief purveyors of decadence and drug-addled desperation, Eyehategod could only get better with time after their first two full-lengths, In the Name of Suffering and Take As Needed for Pain. Their bluesy but challenging brand of feedback-soaked, punk-informed sludge metal was unlike anything else in metal at the time, and it’s my opinion that we have Mike Williams & co to thank for the sustained popularity in all things sludgy. Their third full-length, Dopesick, is arguably the high point of EHG’s career, and more than that, a watershed collection of songs for the sludge metal scene that revolutionized the union of hardcore and metal.  Continue reading