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Crowbar Feel the ‘Cemetery Angels’ Watching Over Them — Song Premiere

Max Tombly

Noisecreep is over the moon about premiering ‘Cemetery Angels,’ which is nothing short of vintage Crowbar. The song — which hails from the band’s forthcoming ‘Sever the Wicked Hand’ album — boasts the signature sludge that these bottom-feeding, New Orleans metalions are known for doling out. The song is Crowbar, only a bit more grown up. It’s still barge-like, but it’s infused with a bit more melody.

That said, the band hasn’t sacrificed any of its bite or blunted its edge. The dirt-caked guitars are swirled with Kirk Windstein’s gravelly vocals, and the result is a song that was born in the swamps of Louisiana.

Listen to ‘Cemetery Angels’

“The song has all the elements that Crowbar are about: speed, then a killer, hooky pre-chorus, a hooky chorus and then a stupidly heavy and sludgy slow ending,” Windstein told Noisecreep, breaking the song down into its base parts.

“It’s personal to me, because in New Orleans, the area is known for architecture in the cemeteries,” Windstein explained. “Since the city is below sea level, the tombs are above ground and elaborate, and they say that cemetery angels watch over the tombs. I feel like angels are watching me as far as everything I’ve done. I’m not dead yet and have been sober for four months, and I have this whole new outlook on life and a brand new spin on everything.”

Windstein also shed some light on the song’s lyrical arc and its relation to his newly-acquired sobriety, saying, “The opening line is ‘You gave me wings and took the sky away,’ which is a line from an [Alcoholics Anonymous] book. I am not a ‘program person,’ but that is precisely what alcohol did for me. It gave me wings and then took the sky away. Alcohol can make you feel good, but you are lost. So the lyrics are a spin on that.”

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