Monday, 21 December 2015

Crawl - “Old Wood and Broken Dreams” (Album Review)

By: Chris Bull

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 18/10/2015
Label: Stone Groove Records


Music like this doesn't need to be complex or challenging to be brilliant, its barbecue music for bloodshot eyed slackers, music to blare out the speakers of your pickup truck on your way to buy more beer. The world needs music like this, thank your chosen deity that Crawl are more than happy to oblige.


“Old Wood and Broken Dreams” CD//DD track listing:

1). Crack Tea
2). Don’t Kid Me
3). Pilldust
4). Useless
5). Nigredo
6). 3AM and a Loaded Gun

Crawl is:

Tyler Akers | Lowend Assault
Tommy Butler | Barbaric Blasts
Eric Crowe | Guitar and Vocals
 

The Review:

Atlanta, Georgia's Crawl bring us this glorious chunk of Southern swamp metal on 'Old Wood and Broken Dreams' and while it doesn't break new ground (it's not fucking supposed to!), it's sure to drive people to break open a beer and smile gleamingly and nod in approval.

Stone Groove Records have handled the CD release here and have obviously been hard at work ensuring the packaging is immaculately presented to give the listener the whole experience.

'Crack Tea', the first of 2 instrumental tracks here, belches out some quality groovy sludge before 'Don't Kid Me' swaggers through in all its whiskey swilling goodness. Vocalist/guitarist Eric Crowe sounds like a man who smokes fifty filterless Marlboro’s a day in between bottles of Jim Beam as he croaks over some solid riffs on 'Useless' and screams incessantly over the noisy sludge that is '3AM And A Loaded Gun' as well as cranking out some sublime instrumental goodness as he does on 'Pilldust'. A personal highlight is 'Nigredo' where the rhythm section of drummer Tommy Butler and bassist Tyler Akers keep it inhumanly tight while Crowe riffs and bellows for the first half of the track before going all clean and sounding a lot like Scott Kelly on his earlier solo work.

Music like this doesn't need to be complex or challenging to be brilliant, its barbecue music for bloodshot eyed slackers, music to blare out the speakers of your pickup truck on your way to buy more beer. The world needs music like this, thank your chosen deity that Crawl are more than happy to oblige.

“Old Wood and Broken Dreams” is available here




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