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Crowbar - Odd Fellows Rest

Mayhem, 1999, CD, Vinyl, Digipack

When this came out it was simply too heavy and too dark for me. It's not exactly full of hook laden melodies or sugary lyrics. But once you can absorb the material on a deeper level it becomes a great record in heavy music.

The title of the record refers to New Orlean's cemetary, which is a strange place, one of the only cemetaries that is below sea level. A lot of "odd fellows" rest there as the band once explained in one of their interviews.

The opeing bars of the intro give the listener an idea of what is to come with the southern sounding, harmonised lead riff that then opens up into the huge sounding "Planets Collide". That the band was once called "The Slugs" is now obvious as the heavy groove kicks in, almost struggling to pull along the monstrous beast that they have created.

By the time the first track is over it is obvious that this is an accomplished sound that the band have created, much richer and refined than their earlier records, much more mature with a great production. Harmonised lead riffs mix it up with the heavy, downtuned rumbling syrup that is the band's staple diet. Rarely do they move beyond a crawl - showcasing just how to produce slow and heavy music to rival any other band. The vocals work perfectly with the music, as vocalist Kurt Windstein offers up a thick and brutally agonised sounding sung style with dark lyrics about "struggle" and "suffering". The title track is the only time that the band veers off their usual course to produce a soulful instrumental led piece with clean vocals from Windstein. This track in itself caps off the album in a mesmerising, mournful edifice.

Reviewed by indigo on 09-12-2011

Keywords : sludge metal southern rock

This record rated by users : 1.433 ( out of 5 ) from 30 votes.