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If forced to describe Alaskan heavy metal unit 36 Crazyfists in just a single word, you might want to go with persistent.

Since forming 16 years ago, the band’s released four records through three different labels, lost members to everything from the usual band in-fighting to fatal car crashes, and they’ve shared the road with the likes of Alice in Chains, Atreyu, Killswitch ... Read more in Amazon's 36 Crazyfists Store

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  • Audio CD (1 April 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Roadrunner
  • ASIN: B00005A46Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,598 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Fine music often springs from the most unexpected of places, and such is the case with Anchorage-bred 36 Crazyfists debut, Bitterness the Star. Known primarily for its desolate landscapes and the occasional gold rush, Alaska could hardly be described as a rock & roll heartland. Named after a Jackie Chan movie, they bring their own strange and fascinating slant to New American Rock. But it hasn't been easy. Having suffered the death of their original bassist in a car crash, and for years struggling for gigs in their icy homeland, they were eventually forced to relocate to Portland, Oregon. And at last they've come good.

Bitterness the Star, combining the tempestuous big rock emotion of Pearl Jam with the nervy, stop-start assault of the Deftones, is a stormer. Brock Lindow's vocals--affected and dramatic, switching between a weird, mournful vibrato and a throat-shredding punky shriek--are impressively idiosyncratic, particularly during "An Agreement Called Forever" when he screams "This is me/ I fail/ I fail/ I fail". Meanwhile, Steve Holt's guitar is warped and constantly mutating, like Tony Iommi's in Sabbath's classic mid-70s period. And there are sweet melodies too, often appearing as ghostly refrains, floating above or behind the punishing riffs. Pained, paranoid, wholly disgusted and screaming for vengeance, this is a testing treat. --Dominic Wills

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 April 2002
Format: Audio CD
On first hearing this band on a Kerrang cd a couple of weeks ago, I knew I had to get the album when it came out. 36 Crazyfists are the most exciting band I've heard since I first heard Slipknot. The opening track, 'Turns to Ashes' is a masterpiece of songwriting and really sets you up for the rest of the album. The next few tracks showcase Brock Lindows astonishing mixture of melody and power. 'Slit Wrist Theory', the song that was on the Kerrang cd, has one of the greatest choruses you ever heard, sung with such passion and ferocity that it fair knocks you sideways. To include them in the current crop of half-arsed nu-metal (a term that is way overused and doesn't do them justice anyway) would be completely unfair. As someone who loves the sheer aggression of Slipknot (aswell as far heavier stuff) and the more subdued sound of Deftones, I can assure you that 36 Crazyfists deliver on both counts. 'Bury Me Where I Fall', with Skinlabs Steeve Esquivel on guest vocals is amazing, with his gruffer vocals complementing Brocks perfectly. The music is fantastic throughout, too. A lot of it could be compared to 'Around the Fur' if you had to compare it to anything. The riffs are by turns inventive and full-on brutal, the bass carries a nice, tuned down sound and the drumming drives the tempo, be it slow and melodic or heavy as hell, brilliantly.
In all then, as i say at the top, this is one of the best albums I've heard in a LONG time. You really will be missing out if you pass it by...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Miss Donovan on 19 Dec. 2002
Format: Audio CD
How many times have you heard a song that just grabs your attention, yet the rest of the album lets you down?
Well 'Bitterness the Star' does not do this.
Most people will first hear of 36 Crazyfists by the amazing 'Slit Wrist Theory' but may be worried that the rest of the album may disappoint. Well fear not- you should be pleasantly surprised.
When I heard the album I got shivers down my spine. Brock Lindow's voice is truly amazing, and sings the tortured but beautiful lyrics with unbelievable emotion. Contrasting with the powerful guitar sound- reminiscant of the deftones and glassjaw.
Particular high points are of course 'Slit Wrist Theory', plus 'An Agreement Called Forever' and 'Two Months From a Year'.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ben Saunders VINE VOICE on 25 Mar. 2002
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Following on from the success of Slipknot and Nickelback, Roadrunner try to capitalise with their latest up-and-coming nu-breed metallers 36 Crazyfists. Hailing from Anchorage, 36 Crazyfists may seem a bit isolated from the current crop of mainstream metal stars, but this, their long anticipated debut, presses all the right buttons. Typically of the scene at the moment, it offers little original, but at least the influences can't be faulted. Coming across as hardcore-tinged nu-metal, a hefty dose of Glassjaw with melodic edges reminiscent of Deftones and Lost Prophets, Bitterness The Star is competent if not quite amazing. Frontman Brock Lindow's vocals are the only feature to stand out, but give what are almost nu-metal-angst-by-numbers tracks like 'Turn to Ashes' and 'Slit Wrist Theory' an extra edge. Although it takes a couple of listens, the album offers more than most of the current crop, the less bone-crunching 'An Agreement Called Forever', for example, demonstrating a lighter and more mature side. Altogether an impressive number of influences are blended into 46 minutes that should please most fans. Despite seeming at times to lack variety or a cutting edge in the overcrowded nu-metal angst-market and the occasional dud (the rather unconvincing 'Left Hand Charity'), 36 Crazyfists have a debut that certainly establishes them as ones to watch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "faerie_addiction" on 11 Jun. 2004
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Bought this CD about 6 months ago when I was just getting into this kind of music. I wasn't expecting much so when i listened to it I was quite surprised. Its quite hard metal but really amazing. Incredible guitarists and the lead has a great voice. And the lyrics are great as well.
Favourites for me have to be slit wrist theory and turns to ashes.
If you like killswitch engage, fear factory, machine head, chimara, sepeltura; you WILL love this.
Recommend this to anyone who likes the kinda music in this genre. Have yet to find out what their latest album is like!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Feb. 2002
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'Turn to Ashes' kick starts this album with an up beat piece of well crafted emotional heaviness, with a soothing chorus and a brutal bridge the first track is a stormer! As the record progresses you really start to notice this bands full potential.The band having signed to Roadrunner Records last year, 'biterness the star' has been a long time in coming but is worth every penny! 'Circle the Drain' continues the bands blend of many styles of music into one, whilst also having the skull crushing riffage of earlier songs. 'Slit wrist theory' is a change, it sends a sweet melodic guitar riff, followed by a groove orientated bassline, before the whole band explode into a violent storm of hatred! Ladys and gentlemen, we have a winner here! 36 Crazyfists, remember the name cos when they're huge you'll wish you heard them first!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 May 2002
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What can i say?? This Album ROCKS! After hearing them first on Download 2001 "circle the drain" (easily the best track on the album) i waited and waited, scouring the internet for information on this new band, but nothing existed! then kerrang published a cd with another song of theirs "slit wrist theory" and i new it was just a matter of time. and sure enough, this is our reward, this album gives you everything you could ever wish for from a metal band. AND MORE!!! bone crunching riffs, militant drumming and heart warming, ear piercing, head banging, hate filled, lust fuelled, rage loaded vocals, and dont get me started on the melody!! this album is one of the greatest around. forget deftones, slipknot, glassjaw and company. these guys make them look like amateurs!!! and the closing track is one of the most hauntingly beautiful tracks ever laid down, its up there with deftones be quiet and drive acoustic. you just better pray they get over to the uk soon before the corporate market gets a hold of this unstoppable band and we have a repeat of whats happened to bands like lost prophets (all about the dollars)who are now well and truly lost.(keep an eye out for them at next years brits, they'll be in the catergory with the strokes) lets hope the isolated upbringing has allowed them to develop and observe whats happens to bands like these and they stay well away. buy this album now.
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