on 6 November 2004
The first time you play this you'll think this is where Crowbar eventually gave in. It opens to a riff over keyboards and then straight into Planets Collide which is a pretty gentle melody by previous Crowbar standards. I took in the rest of the album a little disappointed; tracks difficult to follow, some sounded like they were trying hard to be epics, some had a concept album feel about them, some just frankly had little annoying quirks. All I wanted to do was listen to 12 tracks that riffed and chugged and left me breathless.
By the fifth or sixth time I listened to it I realised I am a moron.
This album is utterly incredible. It is a brilliant mix of dark and light where previously Crowbar have been somewhat one dimensional. Was it 50 cent who said 'there wouldn't be joy if it wasn't for pain'. You will listen to sections of this album and be totally chilled, then seconds later be winded by a monstrously heavy gut-buster that threatens the existence of your stereo.
The variety is incredible. There are tracks that kill with only two riffs and you wonder how. There are tracks of such simple brilliance you'll think you could write music too. There are short, catchy tracks that annoy you because they won't leave you alone, and you love it. There are the longer more complex numbers that you know is why you love Crowbar. And best of all they never stray from their unique mix of blues-style, Hendrix infused, TOTAL BRUTE FORCE.
I am blown away.
on 21 June 2006
Odd Fellows Rest, after Broken Glass, is proof that Crowbar aren't a band that release the same album time after time. Instead, it goes to show that you can have melody and heaviness that will leave you feeling like you've been hit by an anvil on the same album.
After the departure of Matt Thomas, Crowbar hired Sammysatan Pierre Duet of Acid Bath fame. If you've listened to Acid Bath, you'll already know that Sammy is an awesome guitarist who can deliver riffs that are so heavy it's almost filthy, and some of the most chilled out melodic riffs ever. So, it's no surprise then that Crowbar became more melodic while retaining the heaviness that is what Crowbar is all about.
The album starts with a short instrumental, simply entitled 'Intro' and then goes into Planets Collide, which along with All I Had I Gave is the song that most Crowbar fans use to convert new followers.
Other standout tracks are '1,000 Year Internal War' which features Sammy's awesome backing vocals, 'Beneath the Black Horizon' which features one of the heaviest outros known to man, 'Scattered Pieces Lay' a must for fans of fast Crowbar, and the title track, 'Odd Fellows Rest' Crowbar's first song to use a clean guitar sound. It also proves that Kirk Windstein, along with having one of the greatest voices for metal can actually sing as well.
But hey, don't take a Crowbar Disciple's word for it, listen to it if you're a fan or looking to become one, and I guarantee that you will NOT come away disappointed
on 16 June 2003
This is what metal should be!!!!umcompramising,angry,disgusting and most importantly heart filled and honest!!
I got listening to crowbar a few years back from listening to bands like Pantera,Eyehategod,Down,Black Sabbath ect...
Theres a really laid back groovy feel to this album and yet its full with hateful lyrics and bone crushing riffs.Its really weird yet so fantasic to listen to!!
To get get the full groovy feel of this monster take some advise-sit back roll up,light up and enjoy!!!
on 28 February 2004
This is my favourite band, and this is possibly there best album. Lets start with the front cover its one of the weirdest ive seen. Its ugly, its suggests ugly, but this is by no means ugly. This is extremely heavy the guitars are tuned 2half step down baby. Its so heavy its heavier than there combined weight. Every single song from start to finish is excellent. This band will never be a chart band. They play music with passion and mean every word strangling there guitars and smashing the drums like life depended on it. Songs like Planets Collide, behind the black horizon, and personal favourite december spawn stick in your head almost haunting you to put the cd back in the stereo and clamping down the play and repeat buttons. Youll also be happy to know that ive gained 6 stone since being on the crowbar diet!
on 27 July 2001
My first impressions on listening to this album were ggod. I'm not a huge fan of this Genre of Metal...
Its like a constipated Tony Iommi on guitar, slowed down and strained. The Singer sounds like a mix of Zakk Wylde (B.L.S)and James Maynard Keenan of Tool. All mixed in the Pantera/Slayer Doom style. Very heavy and with no breaks in the cachopheny of riffs.
They toured with Black Label Society and Sixty Watt Shaman and did themselves no harm in boosting their credibility.
The 2nd track (1st full song) PLANETS COLLIDE is the pick of the album - a great mix of metal styles as described above. Then there is no letup in this doomy, dark .... album. Amazing. Every song is an excuse to frown and stomp around menacingly! (which is a good thing, yes?)
Not given 5 stars as they have a little way to go to improve to Slayer and Pantera god-status, but the effort gone into this album is evident in the riffs - VERY SOLID. buy it.