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New Orleans sludge masters have announced their eleventh new LP titled The Serpent Only Lies, due out October 28, 2016. “We are so excited about our 11th studio record! The Serpent Only Lies is a powerful follow up.” says frontman and riff lord Kirk Windstein.  “Eliran Kantor did a brilliant job with the artwork! Our first release, “Falling While Rising”, is at its finest… HEAVIER THAN EVER!!!”

The Serpent Only Lies will be the follow up to the highly buzzed about Symmetry in Black that sold over 4,000 copies in its first week of release in 2014, the highest of any LPs in the band’s 27 year career, beating out its predecessor, 2011’s Sever the Wicked Hand.

That record received quite the critical reception to boot. Metalsucks stated, “It’s no surprise that it’s excellent, but what is a surprise is just how excellent it is.” With Weinstein’s focus entirely on for the first time since the band’s inception, the anticipation was higher than ever leading up to its release leading internet giants Loudwire to declare, “Windstein’s singular focus pays off.”

For nearly three decades, the name Crowbar has been synonymous with HEAVY. Since rising ominously from the swamplands of New Orleans in 1990, they’ve been hailed internationally as one of the world’s foremost purveyors of crushing, melodic sludge. The Serpent Only Lies, is both an affirmation of the band’s staying power and a nod to their legacy. “To me, it’s a fresh-sounding version of old-school Crowbar,” says Windstein.

“I intentionally went back and listened to a lot of old Crowbar stuff, like the self-titled and Broken Glass albums, to get a feel for what my mindset was 20-plus years ago. I also went back and listened to the bands that influenced Crowbar in the beginning, like Trouble, Saint Vitus, Melvins, and the first Type O Negative record. So it was kinda me doing my homework.”

The result is an album that stands toe-to-toe with those early Crowbar classics while maintaining the lumbering hooks of mid-period standouts like 1998’s Odd Fellows Rest and 2000’s Equilibrium. “Even lyrically, the approach was a little more old-school,” Windstein offers. “Some of the songs have less lyrics to let the riffs breathe a little more, which I had kind of gotten away from over the years. It was a conscious thing to go back to that.” 

The tour cycle for The Serpent Only Lies marks the return of original Crowbar bassist Todd “Sexy T” Strange, who left the band back in 1999 but now joins Windstein, drummer Tommy Buckley and guitarist Matt Brunson in forging Crowbar’s future.  “Todd helped start the band, so having him back is important to me and, I think, the fans,” Windstein offers. “It’s a great feeling to be standing onstage next to him. It’s a breath of fresh air for the band and makes us stronger.” 

“Having this be our eleventh record, we’re very fortunate because so many bands don’t last this long,” Windstein adds. “My whole outlook on music as a career is the Motörhead outlook, which is that slow and steady wins the race. If you continue to put out killer records, continue to kick ass onstage every night and continue to treat your fans with respect, that’s the stuff people will remember.” 

Sep 13    JJ’s Bohemia    Chattanooga, TN
Sep 15    The Agora Theatre and Ballroom    Cleveland, OH
Sep 16    Reggies Music Joint    Chicago, IL
Sep 17    Harpos    Detroit, MI
Sep 18    Town Ballroom    Buffalo, NY
Sep 20    The Westcott Theater    Syracuse, NY
Sep 21    The Ballroom at The Outer Space    Hamden, CT
Sep 23    Amityville Music Hall    Amityville, NY
Sep 24    THE COLOSSEUM/ THE RUINS @ THE COLOSSEUM    Providence, RI
Sep 26    Saint Vitus    Brooklyn, NY
Sep 27    Dingbatz    Clifton, NJ
Sep 28    Shakas Live    Virginia Beach, VA
Sep 29    The Throne Theater    Wilmington, NC
Sep 30    The Sparrow    North Charleston, SC
Oct 01    New Brookland Tavern    Columbia, SC
Oct 02    The Warehouse    Clarksville, TN
Oct 03    Manchester Music Hall    Lexington, KY
Oct 06    Nighthawks    Jacksonville, FL
Oct 07    The Orpheum    Ybor City, FL
Oct 09    Churchills Pub    Miami, FL
Oct 10    House of Blues Orlando    Orlando, FL
Oct 22    Empire Control Room & Garage    Austin, TX

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