June 03, 2020

Crowbar - Equilibrium (2000)

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Sludge Metal
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© 2000 Spitfire Records
AllMusic Review by Steve Huey
Equilibrium is a typically heavy, slow, doomy album from Crowbar, breaking in new drummer Sid Montz (the band's third). It's also a good one, featuring just the right balance between melody and the band's signature, sludgy instrumental attack. There are a couple of novel touches as well: "To Touch the Hand of God" is a haunting dirge arranged only for piano and harmonized vocals, and the band also borrows a page from the Type O Negative book, covering a '70s pop chestnut in gothic-doom fashion (in this case, Gary Wright's "Dream Weaver," which is actually pretty effective in spite of the inherent irony, thanks to the haze of desperation imparted by Crowbar's trademark style). Still, this release doesn't radically reinvent the band's sound; rather, it's another solid example thereof, and a worthy addition to the band's discography.

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