New Orleans sludge metallers CROWBAR have reportedly parted ways with guitarist Steve Gibb and have replaced him with Matthew Brunson, bassist of KINGDOM OF SORROW (the band featuring CROWBAR guitarist/vocalist Kirk Windstein). Brunson made his live debut with CROWBAR this past Friday, May 29 at Grant Street in Lafayette, Louisiana.In other news, CROWBAR's forthcoming box set, which will be released via DOWN/ex-PANTERA singer Philip Anselmo's record label Housecore Records, will include the full-self titled demo from THE SLUGS (pre-CROWBAR) that was recorded in April 1990. Songs include "Subversion", "A Breed Apart", "My Agony", "No Quarter" (LED ZEPPELIN cover), "My 4 Walls" and the unreleased track "Brain Freeze". The lineup on the demo was as follows:
Kirk Windstein: Vocals, Guitars
Jimmy Bower: Drums
Kevin Noonan: Guitars
Todd Strange: Bass
Two video clips of THE SLUGS' May 4, 1990 performance at The Max in New Orleans (where they opened for PANTERA) featuring the above-mentioned lineup can be viewed below.
CROWBAR will be re-releasing the majority of its back catalog through Housecore Records. Also planned is a new live record and a CD of new material. Metal Mind Productions re-released three CROWBAR albums — "Crowbar" (1993), "Time Heals Nothing" (1995) and "Live+1" EP (1995) — in Europe in April 2008. Each limited-edition digipack title (limited to 2,000 copies) was made available on golden disc, digitally remastered using 24-bit technology. The "Time Heals Nothing" album also contains six bonus tracks — four audio and two video. CROWBAR's video for the song "Slave No More" was included on the band's DVD, "Live: With Full Force", which came out in North America in January 2007. Filmed at the popular German open-air festival of the same name, "Live: With Full Force" was captured on CROWBAR's world tour supporting their 2005 release "Lifesblood for the Downtrodden". The live performance DVD also includes candid backstage footage plus the band's second (and previously unavailable) promotional video for "Lifesblood for the Downtrodden" album track "Slave No More". "Subversion":