Alaskan metallers 36 CRAZYFISTS will release their new album, "Collisions and Castaways", on July 27 via Ferret Music. The band is offering a special pre-order package, which includes your choice of an individual CD, a CD + exclusive pre-order shirt, or a CD + pre-order shirt and flag. All packages will include a signed booklet, only while supplies last.
"Collisions and Castaways" was written and recorded between October 2009 and May 2010. It follows on the heels of last year's DVD, "Underneath a Northern Sky", and is the band's second straight effort to feature guitarist Steve Holt in the producer's chair and Andy Sneap handling the final mix. Additionally, the CD sees the band evolving into a three-piece unit following the 2008 departure of bassist Mick Whitney, who left the group to spend more time at home with his wife and children. Drummer Thomas Noonan and frontman Brock Lindow round out 36 CRAZYFISTS' lineup, with longtime guitar tech Brett "Buzzard" Makowski filling in on bass for the band's upcoming touring plans.
According to a press release, "Collisions and Castaways" is "a fierce, dark, crushing collection of eleven tracks that rip from the speaker like a runaway train." Arguably the band's heaviest effort to date, it also happens to be a melodic affair and the kind of record 36 CRAZYFISTS and Lindow have wanted to "write ten years ago," says the singer. "If this was the end of the band, this record is exactly what I wanted our band to do at one time, Maybe a lot of people will think we're just metalcore, but it's so much more than that. It's a heavy record with some big choruses and everything we've been about for a long time with a cool metal feel to it that I've been wanting."
Taking inspiration from his own life, Lindow says songs like "The Deserter", "Anchors", "Death Renames the Light" and "In the Midnights", while vague in their lyricism, tackle a number of personal issues from the singer's past that he admits "I may have swept under the rug." Some of the songs address the constant mistakes he'd made during his 20s, which he says were something of a daze.
"It's definitely about life, my life and possibly all our lives," Lindow says. "It's just something I wanted to get off my chest. All these years, I have been saying if you can quit making some of these mistakes, your life is going to change and you're going to better and you have to be proactive about it. I thought I was doing it myself, but I wasn't. I really wanted to talk about what has hampered progress for me in my life. It's about trying to be the best human being you can be and really putting some things to rest and moving forward."
36 CRAZYFISTS will be touring for much of the rest of the year and hopes to launch its first headlining tour during this upcoming record cycle.
"We've always wanted to have a career with this and make music that was maybe not for everybody, but for a certain group of people and it meant a great deal to those people. I think that's what our band is," Lindow says. "There's much more to this band than people may think, if they weren't paying attention."