"Sever The Wicked Hand", the new album from New Orleans sludge metal legends CROWBAR, is available for streaming in its entirety at AOL Music. The CD will be released in Europe on February 14 via Century Media Records and in the U.S. on February 8 through E1 Music.
A pre-order is now available on iTunes along with audio samples.
"Sever The Wicked Hand" track listing:
01. Isolation (Desperation) 02. Sever The Wicked Hand 03. Liquid Sky And Cold Black Earth 04. Let Me Mourn 05. The Cemetery Angels 06. As I Become One 07. A Farewell to Misery 08. Protectors Of The Shrine 09. I Only Deal In Truth 10. Echo An Eternity 11. Cleanse Me, Heal Me 12. Symbiosis
In other news, CROWBAR guitarist/vocalist Kirk Windstein will host this week's episode of MTV2's "Headbangers Ball" tonight (Monday, February 7) at 3 a.m. ET/PT (technically Tuesday morning). He will play the following videos during his appearance on the program:
* CROWBAR - "The Cemetery Angels" * KINGDOM OF SORROW - "Lead Into Demise" * CROWBAR - "All I Had (I Gave)" * CROWBAR - "Dead Sun" * CROWBAR - "Existence Is Punishment" * KINGDOM OF SORROW - "Lead The Ghosts Astray" * PANTERA - "Drag The Waters" * HATEBREED - "In Ashes They Shall Reap"
CROWBAR's "The Cemetery Angels" video was filmed on December 5 in New York City with director Dale "Rage" Resteghini.
Resteghini has directed over 550 music videos since 2003, including clips for such metal bands as MUDVAYNE, HATEBREED, ANTHRAX and SHADOWS FALL. Rage has also helmed videos for some of the biggest names in the hip hop world, including Lil Wayne, Diddy, Snoop Dog and Ice Cube.
"The song has all the elements that CROWBAR are about: speed, then a killer, hooky pre-chorus, a hooky chorus and then a stupidly heavy and sludgy slow ending," Windstein told Noisecreep about "The Cemetery Angels". "It's personal to me, because in New Orleans, the area is known for architecture in the cemeteries. Since the city is below sea level, the tombs are above ground and elaborate, and they say that cemetery angels watch over the tombs. I feel like angels are watching me as far as everything I've done. I'm not dead yet and have been sober for four months, and I have this whole new outlook on life and a brand new spin on everything. . . The opening line is 'You gave me wings and took the sky away,' which is a line from an [Alcoholics Anonymous] book. I am not a 'program person,' but that is precisely what alcohol did for me. It gave me wings and then took the sky away. Alcohol can make you feel good, but you are lost. So the lyrics are a spin on that."
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