New Orleans sludge metal veterans CROWBAR have parted ways with their bassist of less than three years, Jeff Golden.
CROWBAR frontman Kirk Windstein explained: "Being in a band is like being in a relationship and things don't always work out.
"We want to thank Jeff for his dedication and loyalty and we sincerely wish him and his family all the best in the future."
Golden joined CROWBAR in September 2013. The 34-year-old musician hails from Bolton, Connecticut, but lived in Estero, Florida prior to hooking up with CROWBAR and moving to Louisiana.
CROWBAR's follow-up to 2014's "Symmetry In Black" album is due later in the year. The CD was recorded at OCD Recording And Production in Metairie, Louisiana with engineer/producer Duane Simoneaux.
Windstein recently stated about the musical direction of the new CROWBAR material: "It's more of meat and potatoes. On the last few records, we brought a lot of new elements into the band a little bit without deviating too far from what CROWBAR's about. But this is more like… I went back and started listening to early CROWBAR, and it's more of that attitude, but more mature — every bit as angry, every bit as heavy, every bit as depressed… doomy, whatever you wanna call it. But doing it this many years later, I really like what we've got going on."
"Symmetry In Black" sold around 3,900 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 68 on The Billboard 200 chart.
CROWBAR photo credit: Robin Windstein