"Symmetry In Black", the new album from New Orleans sludge metal veterans CROWBAR, 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's previous CD, 2011's "Sever The Wicked Hand", opened with around 3,500 units to land at position No. 4 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
"Symmetry In Black" came out in North America on May 27 via Entertainment One Music. The CD, which was made available in Europe on May 26 through Century Media Records, was produced by CROWBAR guitarist/vocalist Kirk Windstein and Duane Simoneaux and was mixed by Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD, GOJIRA).
"Symmetry In Black" track listing:
01. Walk With Knowledge Wisely
02. Symmetry In White
03. The Taste Of Dying
04. Reflection Of Deceit
05. Ageless Decay
07. The Foreboding
08. Shaman Of Belief
09. Teach The Blind To See
10. A Wealth Of Empathy
11. Symbolic Suicide
12. The Piety Of Self-Loathing
The "Walk With Knowledge Wisely" video can be seen below. Directed by Mike Holderbeast (DOWN, EYEHATEGOD), this is the first of two clips fans can expect to see from "Symmetry In Black".
"For this video, we decided to let the music do the talking," said CROWBAR guitarist/vocalist Kirk Windstein.
"Working with Mike was a breeze and a pleasure. He has filmed many of our live shows and he is a true professional."
Windstein added about the track: "'Walk With Knowledge Wisely' is the perfect opener for 'Symmetry In Black'. It has every element of the CROWBAR sound and is like an anvil to the face. It's CROWBAR at its finest."
The release of "Symmetry In Black" coincides with the 25th anniversary of the CROWBAR's inception. Windstein said: "CROWBAR is my heart and soul. The music is a part of me that I am extremely proud of.
"It's an amazing feeling to be putting all of my energy and focus into something that I created 25 years ago!
"We are extremely excited to release our 10th full length and to bring the riffs to as many people as possible on tour."
Windstein exited DOWN in September 2013 in order to focus "100%" on CROWBAR. He was replaced in DOWN by the band's longtime stage manager and HONKY founding guitarist Bobby Landgraf.
CROWBAR last year announced the addition of bassist Jeff Golden to the group's ranks.
Jeff is from Bolton, Connecticut, but currently resides in Estero, Florida.
Kirk Windstein (Guitar, Vocals)
Matt Brunson (Guitar)
Tommy Buckley (Drums)
Jeff Golden (Bass)