2015’s In Case You Missed: Crowhurst

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The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world He didn’t exist. The greatest trick long time noise producer Crowhurst (really Jay Gambit) ever pulled was assembling a band to release one of the best heavy records of 2015, then breaking up the band immediately after.

Crowhurst (the 2015 album, not the artist) has not been lacking for coverage. It received praise from Invisible Oranges, CVLT Nation, a personal favorite publication of mine Heathen Harvest, and the father of all heavy metal publications, Decibel Magazine. The album’s Bandcamp features a long list of succinct compliments, pulled from genre-wide coverage. However, it was only mentioned once on this site as far as searching our own site’s tags and a quick Google study would show. A couple of Toilet Ov Hell writers enjoyed it, as they passed on to me. By and large, it seems to have gone under the radar among our beloved community here.

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Crowhurst is the syrupy danger of old Eyehategod records. Spiritually it’s sludge meets noise by way of The Body. It’s a nod to the blackened Swans worship of Cobalt’s seminal Gin (see: “It Is The Mercy“). It’s the menacing unpredictability of Oxbow; it’s no wonder noise rock figurehead Eugene Robinson makes an appearance on the final track. It’s an elaborate Masonic ritual conceived in darkness; it’s the cold animal precision of a pit of vipers.

Calling to mind Argentinian horror, album opener “Penumbra” sets the stage for Crowhurst over two minutes of churning doom riffs and fuzzed out noise effects. Gambit’s extensive experience working in noise and power electronics makes other subtle appearances during the album’s run. Crowhurst picks up over “A Precipice of Stone”, which features soaring guitar leads that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Ghost Bath album until they turn threatening before its end. It’s simultaneously elegant and devastating. Gambit’s vocals range from a man teetering on the brink of rainslick cobblestone, to an authoritative chant during “It Is The Mercy”. Each song piles on riff after flattening riff. The guitar work is inventive beyond your average doom or post-black record; check out the closing solo on “Black Oceans”.

“Luna Falsata”, is Crowhurst’s nail-biting finale. It’s a blown out nine minutes of subtle drums and tape effects, with the aforementioned Eugene Robinson delivering a tour de force, hellish sermon (source: Werner Herzog on the documentary Burden of Dreams). It breaks free from the pace set musically, but remains thematically consistent. Robinson proclaims our existences are cursed with such fervor it’s hard to imagine any other alternative. Enlisting Robinson for the album’s closer highlights the urgency on this record. It’s a bold statement, one that is not easily forgotten.

If you missed Crowhurst’s release, give it a listen. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it listed among favorites at the demise of another year.

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  • Vote for Jeb

    Ed, this is some of your best writing so far.

    • He doesn’t skim through it!

    • Dagon

      I concur. This is some fine writing and it got me in the mood to Crowhurst after those siqq name drops.

      • There’s some severe and twisted Sabbathian vibes in the second half of ‘A precipice of stone’.

    • He drank some Death Wish coffee and knocked this out.

  • Ed is the only writer that makes me listen this sonic tortures.

    <3

    • Jock Strap Full O Beef Stew

      It is the most proven malandro repellent known to man.

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    Hah, I gotta actually watch Penumbra. Only seen three from Garcia Bogliano. More relevantly, cool write up man! This is sounding really, really good.

  • Sir Tapir The Based :]

    I liek it.

    • He likes it! He really likes it!

    • Jock Strap Full O Beef Stew

      BTW, thanks for recommending Wovenhand! What’s that Finnish post punk band you recommended again? Sorry to ask, but it’s kinda lost in a shitload of comments.

      • Sir Tapir The Based :]
        • Jock Strap Full O Beef Stew

          GODDAMN, THIS IS GOOD! They remind me a lot of Gold Fields, especially the first song (yes, I could bitch that I don’t understand what they’re saying, but it makes the song work).

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwD0hAxBpjU

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            I can provide translations

          • Jock Strap Full O Beef Stew

            Sure! Damn, you outdid yourself with this and Wovenhand! I have to toss you something we can agree on sometime. :-p

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            The Tapir is full of surprises.

          • Jock Strap Full O Beef Stew

            Haha indeed! Still gonna pick on you, though. 😉
            You know you’re a good friend when we bust each other’s balls. Lol, my roomies and my friends back home know that from experience.

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            I tried translating the first song:

            Soldier’s Mind

            We are being sold light at the end of the tunnel
            Tunnel vision distorts your perspective
            You have stared at strangers
            Ran with scissors
            Crossed the highway by only looking left

            You have a soldiers mind, like glowing hot steel
            Soldier’s mind, forged into killing form
            Soldier’s mind, can take everything but can’t feel anything
            Soldier’s mind

            You have sought company among beautiful people
            Because you wanted to be like them
            Brains work like strong magnets
            Eyes like microscope of laboratories

            You have a soldiers mind, like glowing hot steel
            Soldier’s mind, forged into killing form
            Soldier’s mind, can take everything but can’t feel anything
            Soldier’s mind
            Soldier’s mind

            You have followed regression acting in progressions clothes
            Seen a hole the size of a human in a beautiful idea
            You have watched by as temples shatter
            To nose, to spirit, to blood life disappears
            Soldier’s mind collapses
            Forced form destroys itself
            Soldier’s mind
            It shatters

          • Jock Strap Full O Beef Stew

            Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiice!

          • Jock Strap Full O Beef Stew

            Curious if you ever heard Rodriguez.

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            Quem?

          • Jock Strap Full O Beef Stew

            In my opinion, America’s best ever folk singer. Last stuff I’m sending for tonight, so I don’t overload you. The Tara Vanflower CD alone is enough to take in. :-p

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDw7OqVBT-w
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKYEYNX-Eug
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oNs9yuB3-o

        • Jock Strap Full O Beef Stew
          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            This be pretty good.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    I like this. I like this very much.

  • Tyree
  • Óðinn
  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    For me this album was a severe case of: “Örmägörd! I love it!” And then never coming back to it. I don’t know why, still sounds as great as ever. But I never did.
    (Didn’t Crowhurst release another album tho?)

    And indeed, this be some of your best writing Jedward.

    • Jay Gambit

      We’ve got more coming out soon!

      • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

        Oh, great! Very, very eagerly looking forward to it!

  • Maik Benintonâ„¢

    This is very crushing.

  • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

    Damn good.

  • Vote for Jeb

    Good music too.

  • CT-12

    Fellow drummers, you’ve got to check this out. This is likely to be the next evolution in drumming and drum gear altogether. Crazy shit. http://mic.com/articles/121941/drumming-will-never-the-same-if-this-kickstarter-campaign-comes-to-life

  • CT-12

    Definitely interesting sounding Edward, definitely gonna have to put these guys in my “check out further” list. Also, dayummm son, $5 shirts!! Might just buy one since they’re so fucking cheap.

    • Edward/Breegrodamusâ„¢

      Where are these $5 Crowhurst tees?

      … like I need anymore black tee shirts, lol

      • CT-12

        It’s on their bandcamp page mayne! Probably closer to 10 bucks after shipping, but still, pretty cool.

        • Edward/Breegrodamusâ„¢

          They got one coming out soon that I must have. Peep homeboy’s Facebook page!

    • Jock Strap Full O Beef Stew

      Gah, my actual paycheck won’t be coming until probably the end of the month, but getting their stuff via BC, a shirt, and a La Casa Del Mare shirt are on my list.

  • Fuck and Yes.
    That is all.

  • KJM

    Disciples Of Jimmy, please turn your Bibble to the Book Of Methadone and bow your heads.

    “Eat of my flesh and drink of my blood, for I am so hopped up on cocaine that I know not what I do…”

    • more beer

      fun night?

      • KJM

        Just high as fuck and pasting random Aqua Teen quotes, so that would be a “yes”. Mr Nice Guy and Death Star are my guests this evening.

        • Jock Strap Full O Beef Stew

          Alas, this will probably the last time I can drink up for a while. Got the meeting/orientation thingy on Friday, and making it a thing not to drink if I have work the next day. Training will be seven days in a row, and finding out when that starts.

        • more beer

          Right on. I picked up some killer tangerine haze yesterday.

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            Did you have a Tangerine Dream afterwards?

          • more beer

            No!

  • KJM
  • Óðinn

    I like this. Thank-you Edward.

  • Jock Strap Full O Beef Stew

    I likey! Reminds me of Celtic Frost’s ‘Monotheist’. Very very low fucking end and punishing!

  • The Satan Ov Hell

    That cover is fantastic

  • KJM

    Holy crap. Uncle Acid played ‘Ritual Knife’ at last night’s tour opener.

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    Dude, Crowhurst is (was) the shit. Thanks Ed, this is fantastic.

    • Jay Gambit

      We’re not dead!

      • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

        Good news! Fucking awesome, looking forward to hearing more!

  • Guppusmaximus

    “The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world He didn’t exist.”

    I’m waiting on “god” to do the same thing that way we can finally truly progress as a species…

    • Óðinn

      Me too.

      But kudos to the Devil. That was one hell of a trick.