New Orleans sludge-meisters CROWBAR, the long-running band founded by DOWN guitarist Kirk Windstein, have set "You Don't Need An Enemy To Have A War" as the tentative title for their seventh studio album, tentatively due at the end of the year. "It's a title I've had for years," Windstein explained in a recent online posting. "It honestly has nothing to do with the war in Iraq. It's more about an unrelenting ass-whoopin' on the music industry and all the lame bands out there. I don't hate any of them. I really don't think they suck... but I still declare war on all the bands that I feel are pathetic. They are not my enemy. That's the beauty of the title. They are not my enemies, but I still need a war."
The follow-up to 2001's "Sonic Excess In Its Purest Form" (Spitfire) will feature an appearance by PANTERA/DOWN bassist Rex Brown and will mark the return to the group's recording lineup of current BLACK LABEL SOCIETY drummer Craig Nunenmacher, who originally left the band following the completion of 1995's "Time Heals Nothing".
"This is by no means a touring band," Windstein clarified. "This is studio shit between a few friends. I don't really know who'll be in the touring band. As you all know, I've been through a lot of members during CROWBAR's existence. For the style we play, I think Craig is the best drummer we've ever had, although [DOWN's Jimmy] Bower is one of my favorite drummers. As far as guitarists, I usually do all the shit in the studio. I normally do the bass as well, but with Rex aboard, this should be a notch above anything we've ever done. Rex is gonna produce the record as well, so I really think it's gonna crush."
CROWBAR have written nine songs for the forthcoming effort and are shooting to finish two more before entering the studio in mid-July. "Me and Craig really feel the songs are killer and we're all excited about this damn thing!" Windstein wrote. "All I can say is, this will be one hell of a fucking crushing record from front to back . . I'm really excited about this shit. I'm completely focused on this record."
In addition to completing the songwriting duties for the new album, CROWBAR are in the process of re-launching their official web site, which is currently under construction at www.crowbarmusic.com. "This will be overseen by me and only me," Kirk explained. "In the past, all the CROWBAR sites have been run by someone outside of the band."