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Describe Crowbar here.

Crowbar is fat music for fat people.

What, you want more? Fine. Crowbar is an American metal band from New Orleans, Louisiana, one of the key bands of the Sludge Metal subgenre. Formed in 1988 as the punk band Shell Shock, the band changed its name several times, to Aftershock, WREQUIEM, The Slugs and eventually Crowbar, along the way developing their signature style that fused Hardcore Punk and Doom Metal.

Their songs are extremely slow, low-keyed, heavy and brooding, though they also contain fast hardcore-esque passages.

Current lineup:

  • Kirk Windstein - vocals, rhythm guitar (1989–present)
  • Tommy Buckley - drums (2005–present)
  • Matt Brunson - lead guitar (2009-present)
  • Shane Wesley - bass (2018–present)

Former members

  • Mike Savoie - bass (1989)
  • Wayne "Doobie" Fabra - drums (1991)
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  • Mitchel Leonard - lead guitar (1991)
  • Craig Nunenmacher - drums (1991–1995, 2000, 2004 - 2005)
  • Kevin Noonan - lead guitar (1989–1990, 1991-1993)
  • Matt Thomas - lead guitar (1993–1997)
  • Steve Gibb (son of Barry Gibb) - lead guitar, backing vocals (2004–2009)
  • Jimmy Bower - drums (1989-1990, 1996–1998)
  • Sammy Duet - lead guitar (1998–2002)
  • Sid Montz - drums (2000)
  • Tony Costanza - drums (2001, died 2020)
  • Rex Brown - bass, acoustic guitar, keyboards (2004-2005)
  • Patrick Bruders - bass (2005–2013)
  • Jeff Golden - bass (2013–2016)
  • Todd "Sexy T" Strange - bass (1989–2000, 2016–2018)

Studio albums:

  • Obedience Thru Suffering (sic) (1991)
  • Crowbar (1993)
  • Time Heals Nothing (1995)
  • Broken Glass (1996)
  • Odd Fellows Rest (1998)
  • Equilibrium (2000)
  • Sonic Excess in its Purest Form (2001)
  • Lifesblood for the Downtrodden (2005)
  • Sever The Wicked Hand (2011)
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  • Symmetry in Black (2014)
  • The Serpent Only Lies (2016)

Tropes displayed by Crowbar:

  • A World Half Full: Their lyrics are dark, brooding and contemplative, but usually depict a clear desire to push forward, particularly on their later albums.
  • Badass Beard / Bald of Awesome: That's Kirk Windstein in a nutshell. And he even sometimes grows out his beard to rival the looks of Dusty Hill and Billy Gibbons.
  • Deep South: The band is from New Orleans, and has a heavy Southern Rock influence in its sound.
  • Doom Metal
  • Grief Song: Frequently, with songs like "Time Heals Nothing" and "Repulsive in its Splendid Beauty" dealing with bitter loss and the self-loathing that inevitably comes with it.
  • Harsh Vocals: Kirk Windstein has an incredibly harsh yet melodic voice.
  • Ironic Nickname: Todd "Sexy T" Strange. He is by far the heaviest looking member of the band and is anything but sexy.
  • Mangst: The band; almost all of their songs deal with the narrator having to soldier stoically onward through life despite being subjected to all sorts of tragedies and misfortunes, with "Planets Collide" from Odd Fellows Rest being a standout example lyrically.
  • Metal Scream: Type 3, though technically speaking, it's more shouting than it is screaming.
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: 9, though it can swing down to 7 or 8 at times (especially early on in their discography).
  • Not Christian Rock: Their later material has a distinctively Christian lyrical bent, and both Kirk Windstein and Tommy Buckley are Christian (though more of the Jesus Was Way Cool variety, as Kirk stated that both of them have a very personal relationship with God, do not attend church, and take a very dim view of organized religion) but Kirk has denied that they are a Christian band.
  • Rated M for Manly
  • Self-Titled Album: Their second album.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Their early albums were far on the cynical side, but their later material is surprisingly in the middle, leaning slightly towards idealistic.
  • Sludge Metal
  • Title-Only Chorus: "All I Had (I Gave)".
  • Trope Codifier: They were the pioneers of sludge metal, alongside Acid Bath, Eyehategod and Buzzov*en.


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