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I just did what gravitates towards my soul, genres and barriers are disconnected from my listening pleasure – Brock Lindow
Music should break you out of your self prescribed mode, peel the veneer off of life’s everyday patterns and expose the nerves. I know some scene purists want to be metaller than thou or write off the new At The Gates (which is superb) because it isnt 20 years old and how dare they write a new album. I personally liked Ultraviolence by Lana Del Rey as an examination of depression and the grey scale of vulnerability and power play of sensuality far more than the majority of heavy revenge fantasy albums that I crossed paths with last year. Music should bring you inside of new ways of thinking, shake the dust or at least make you wonder or relate to the artist.
Alaska’s 36 Crazyfists have made what is possibly their crowning jewel with Time And Trauma (Spinefarm). This is just one of those records that defies critics and is destined to be a classic, much like Deftones Around The Fur or V.O.D.’s Imprint were just other records in a cluttered release year when they came out.
“I’ve seen the devil in many of my days/lately I’ve decorated far too many graves,” belts out singer Brock Lindow on title track “Time And Trauma” with such pain and raw emotion in his trembling but strong as hell vocal performance. You can’t help but be gripped. It’s like in The Art Of Peace by Morihei Ueshiba , true strength is bringing people into your sphere. For years 36CF have been not so quietly winning converts and KEEPING their fans through consistency, belief in the underground and hard touring regardless of trends.
You’d be a fool not to give this album respect.
For an interview with actually unique vocalist Brock see BELOW.Add to My Radar
36 Crazyfists have always been sort of an underdog band, a little bit edgier and a little bit weirder than most of the bigger bands they have spent years opening for. Not that the hard rocking Alaskans can’t pull their own crowds, just that they never reached the status of some of their peers. On the plus side, this has enabled the band to stay rooted to the underground and more post-hardcore influences and not be pigeonholed. Much like the so much more than just “nu” Deftones or Glassjaw (Worship And Tribute forever), 36 Crazyfists show groove, rage, glassy eyed poetic post-gaze and high octane punch in the same songs. It all comes down to how much your audience respects your divergences (the more closed minded Machine Head fans for example seem to only like early stuff or The Blackening, even though Super Charger is better than plenty of albums by other bands, c’mon and get real).
36 Crazy fists don’t even have that silly of a name anymore compared to some of the bands out now! Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!? WTF!!?
Anyway, Time And Trauma is a great album that warrants repeat listen and even has a sort of early Poison The Well/Trustkill looking cover. Like V.O.D. you can enjoy the darker passages or weirder grooving parts in equal measure. Vocalist Brock Lindow still has the weird, fluid Janes Addiction-esque cadences and off kilter kind of scratchy, contorted and nasal approach that appealed to me when I first heard the awesome “Circle The Drain” years ago.
Let’s dig in more! “Sorrow Sings” here is a slower, mid tempo march that shows remarkable range, really exciting tempo control and major guitar attack on the roaring bridge. Seriously a must hear monster song aching for light and life. Very impressed by this one. “Slivers” is a syncopated attack with almost Thrice-like charge and an attention grabbing, adventurous melody from the so real he doesnt have time to be too self concious Lindow. Check out the title track here and try not to get knocked on your ass! Vocal performance of a lifetime on that chorus for Lindow. These are the kind of songs kids flip shit for and really can bond with more than the 800th generic scream, kind of why I am digging Islander so much lately for trying harder than all the clone deathcore bands out there, for example. “I’m still taking this all in”. Well, it might take awhile because there are many highlights and movements. Try starting with “Lightless”, a faster tune that will make you want to jump and somewhere between Foo Fighters “Everlong” meets Quicksand/Deftones big chords and Bad Brains hop. But the melodic vocal prowess is all Crazyfist!
It all wraps up with the melancholic yet warm “Marrow”, a haunting and momentarilly suffocating promise that turns to soaring resolve with gothic flourishes and snaking duet moments. Band cofounder Steve Holt says ,“Overall the idea was to write a rock record with no preconceived notions; just good riffs and good songs,” the guitarist says. “I wanted rock-oriented songs that would let Brock’s vocal melodies take the lead.”
Welcome back, boys. The hibernation was worth the wait. Kudos and thanks to Spinefarm for helping make this awesome album a reality.
Alaskan metalcore mainstays 36 Crazyfists have revealed the cover art for their latest album, Time and Trauma.
Time and Trauma is due out on February 17 via Spinefarm Records. This will be the band’s sixth studio album and their Spinefarm debut.
Check out the album art for Time and Trauma here.Add to My Radar
36 Crazy Fists announced that they will head out on a UK headline tour later this year. More dates will probably be added so stay tuned for updates.
So far the following dates are set:
October 1st – O2 Academy, Oxford
October 2nd – Old Fire Station, Bournemouth
October 7th – O2 Academy, Bristol
October 11th – Corporation, Sheffield
October 12th – O2 Academy, Newcastle
October 21st – O2 Academy, Islington
October 22nd – O2 Academy, BirminghamAdd to My Radar
36 Crazyfists were recently forced to cancel all the remaining stops of their headline tour in support of their latest album “Collisions and Castaways.” The band released a statement saying:
“Unfortunate turn of events for the 36 Crazyfists camp. After three weeks of the Stache N Thrash tour, we regret the cancellation of the rest of the shows. After the fourth breakdown of our touring vehicle we have no other choice but to cancel as our financial debt has made it impossible to continue on. We apologize to our amazing fans and want to thank everyone who supported the tour. We will see ya next trek out. Sorry to disappoint the friends who we didn’t get to play for this go around. The Alaska show (October 30th in Anchorage) is still on, of course, as is our tour with DevilDriver in November, Soundwave [festival in] Australia in February, etc.”Add to My Radar
If you were only allowed to pick one black metal album to hear for the rest of 2019, I would strongly suggest you choose False's Portent. A dizzying leap forward from an already very talented and rightfully well regarded act, it does not take long into ten minute opener "A Victual to Our Dead Selves" for the song to grab your undivided attention and never let go. Dedicated to the memory of several friends, the record is professional, passionate, heartbreaking and exhilarating. "Rime On The Song Of Returning" is an exceptionally poetic ode to natural abandon that seems to question our size in the scope of the march of time. The band have never sounded more precise, empowered and fiery, like there is a fortune teller at band practice urging them to claim destiny's heights. If this album holds significance of metal's future it is one that honors the best of the past while boding very well for the genre's horizons.