As first reported by BLABBERMOUTH.NET back on June 1, 2009, New Orleans sludge metallers CROWBAR have now officially 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). Windstein states, "We, of course, all remain very good friends with Steve Gibb, but his personal training business and gym are doing great, I'm happy to report, but that, and his family at home, simply do not give him the time to play with CROWBAR any longer. We love him dearly and thank him for his dedication while he was jamming with CROWBAR."
CROWBAR's November 20, 2009 concert at the City Club in Houma, Louisiana was recorded for an upcoming live album. The CD is expected to be released next year via DOWN/ex-PANTERA singer Philip Anselmo's record label Housecore Records.
CROWBAR's forthcoming box set, which will also be released via Housecore, will include the full self-titled demo from the pre-CROWBAR band THE SLUGS 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
CROWBAR will re-release the majority of its back catalog through Housecore Records. Also planned is 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.
Video footage of CROWBAR's November 18, 2009 performance at The Hangar in New Orleans, Louisiana can be viewed below. The band was added to the Decimation Of The Nation 2 tour stop in New Orleans as the last-minute replacement for BORN OF OSIRIS, whose van apparently broke down. Also appearing on the bill were HATEBREED, CANNIBAL CORPSE, UNEARTH and HATE ETERNAL.
CROWBAR will take part in this year's Stillborn Fest. The five Northeast shows, which kick off on December 26 in Philadelphia, will also include HATEBREED, THE ACACIA STRAIN, THE CASUALTIES and THY WILL BE DONE.