Crowbar is an American United States sludge metal band from New Orleans, Louisiana, characterized by their extremely slow, low-keyed, heavy and brooding songs that also contain fast hardcore punk passages. Crowbar is considered to be one of the most influential metal bands to come out of the New Orleans metal scene Music of New Orleans#Heavy metal . Kirk Windstein describes Crowbar as "fat music for fat people."
The band dates back to 1988, when Kirk Windstein joined the premiere hardcore punk band 'Shell Shock' in New Orleans.4, where Windstein and Bower began to play low-tuned hardcore punk mixed with doom metal. Under that name they released a demo in mid-1989, and then renamed themselves 'WREQIUEM', with Mike Savoie, their bassist, leaving the band (He went on to direct music videos for Crowbar, Down Down (band) , and Pantera), and Todd Strange joined them. Then in 1990 they renamed themselves 'The Slugs', and released a demo in mid-1990, but the band collapsed. Kirk considered becoming the guitarist for Exhorder. But Kirk and Todd reformed the band, with Craig Nunenmacher as the drummer, and Kevin Noonan again on guitar. The band renamed themselves 'Crowbar' in mid-1991.1
Crowbar's debut studio album, Obedience Thru Suffering, was released in 1991, but failed to achieve notoriety. By 1993's self-titled (Crowbar) album, personal friend Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down Down (band) and Superjoint Ritual) produced the record, which eventually led to national promotion on MTV's Headbanger's Ball. In addition, the videos for "All I Had (I Gave)" and "Existence is Punishment" were played on Beavis and Butthead. Following this success the band went on to record music videos, embark on major tours with Pantera, and record more albums.
Their stage antics, immortalized in the Pantera "Home Video 3" and Crowbar's "Like Broken" home video, became infamous. The band continued recording and touring. In 1994, the Pantera video for the song 'I'm Broken' showed Philip Anselmo wearing a Crowbar / Eyehategod t-shirt. Original drummer Craig Nunenmacher left the band in 1996 and was replaced by Jimmy Bower from Down and Eyehategod, and for their 1996 release Anselmo sang back up on a few tracks on "Broken Glass."
In 2000, after recording and releasing Equilibrium Equilibrium (Crowbar album) with Sid Montz on drums, original drummer Craig Nunenmacher rejoined the band, for the "Penchant For Violence Tour" with "the Brotherhood of Brewtality" Black Label Society and Sixty Watt Shaman. Half way through the tour, Nunenmacher replaced BLS's drummer Phil Ondich and pulled double duty for the rest of the tour, eventually joining BLS permanently.
The band continues to perform, borrowing members from New Orleans metal bands like Goatwhore and Acid Bath. In their recent 2005 release, Lifesblood for the Downtrodden, Pantera bassist Rex Brown lent his bass skills and keyboard playing. Down's producer, Warren Riker, assisted in production.
Also in 2005, "Existence" appeared on the Beavis and Butt-Head: The Mike Judge Collection #3 DVD.
In March 2008 it was announced that their albums — "Crowbar" (1993), "Time Heals Nothing" (1995) and "Live+1" EP (1995) will be reissued in Europe on April 21, 2008 with bonus and multimedia tracks.
The band is also known for covering other band's material and putting a heavy spin on it. Crowbar covers Gary Wright's, "Dream Weaver", on their Equilibrium album and Iron Maiden's "Remember Tomorrow" on "Odd Fellows Rest", and Led Zeppelins "No Quarter" on "Crowbar".
Kirk also claims that there will be a new album next year and an endless tour as 2009 marks the 20th anniversary for Crowbar.
On May 24th, 2009 it was announced that Phil Anselmo's Housecore Records would be re-releasing Crowbar's back catalog.
As of September 2010, Crowbar is currently under contract with E1 Music
*Kirk Windstein - vocals and guitars (1989–present) (Down Down (band) and Kingdom of Sorrow)
*Matthew Brunson - guitars (2009-present) (Kingdom of Sorrow)
*Patrick Bruders - bass guitar (2005–present) (Goatwhore)
*Tommy Buckley - drums (2005–present) (Soilent Green and Christ Inversion)
*Mike Savoie - bass guitar (1989)
*Todd "***y T" Strange Todd Strange - bass guitar (1989–2000)
*Wayne "Doobie" Fabra - drums (1991)
*Mitchel Leonard - guitars (1991)
*Craig Nunenmacher - drums (1991–1995, 2000, 2004 - 2005) (Black Label Society)
*Kevin Noonan - guitars (1989–1990, 1991-1993)
*Matt Thomas - guitars (1993–1997)
*Jay Abbene - guitars (filled in for some shows at the end of 1996) (Wrathchild America)
*Steve Gibb (son of Barry Gibb) - guitars and backing vocals (2004–2009) (Kingdom of Sorrow and Black Label Society)
*Jimmy Bower - drums (1989-1990, 1996–1998) (Eyehategod, Down Down (band) , Superjoint Ritual, Corrosion of Conformity and Debris Inc)
*Sammy Duet - guitars (1998–2002) (Acid Bath, Goatwhore)
*Sid Montz - drums (2000)
*Tony Costanza - drums (2001) (Machine Head Machine Head (band) )
*Rex Brown - bass guitar, acoustic guitar, keyboard (2004-2005) (Pantera, Down Down (band) )
*Jeff "Okie" Okoneski - bass guitar (Near Life Experience, Alyze, Skarrd)
*Obedience Thru Suffering (September 26, 1991, Pavement Records)
*Crowbar Crowbar (album) (October 12, 1993, Pavement Records)
*Time Heals Nothing (May 23, 1995, Pavement Records)
*Broken Glass Broken Glass (album) (October 29, 1996, Pavement Records)
*Odd Fellows Rest (July 7, 1998, Mayhem Records)
*Equilibrium Equilibrium (Crowbar album) (March 7, 2000, Spitfire Records)
*Sonic Excess in its Purest Form (August 8, 2001, Spitfire Records)
*Lifesblood for the Downtrodden (February 8, 2005, Candlelight Records)
*Live +1(EP) (March 29, 1994, Pavement Records)
*Aftershock Aftershock (demo) (1989, Self-released)
*Slugs Slugs (demo) (1990, Self-released)
*"All I Had (I Gave)" (1993)
*"Existence Is Punishment" (1993)
*"The Only Factor" (1995)
*"Broken Glass" (1996)
*"Like Broken" (Full Length Home Video) (1997)
*"I Feel the Burning Sun" (2000)
*"Dead Sun" (2005) (Filmed in Miami, Florida around August 2004 and directed by John-Martin Vogel and Robert Lisman)
*"Lasting Dose" (live) (2005)
*"Planets Collide" (live) (2005)
*"Scattered Pieces Lay" (live) (2005)
*"Slave No More" (2005) (Filmed in Miami, Florida on June 21, 2005 and directed by John-Martin Vogel and Robert Lisman)
*Live: With Full Force
*(2) "I Am Forever"
*(3) "The Lasting Dose"
*(4) "Burn Your World"
*(5) "New Dawn"
*(6) "High Rate Extinction"
*(7) "Planets Collide"
*(8) "All I Had (I Gave)"
*(9) "(Bonus Materials)"
Studio: Candlelight, DVD Release Date: February 6, 2007, Run Time: 90 minutes
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