New Orleans metal band Crowbar originally comprised vocalist/guitarist Kirk Windstein, guitarist Matt Thomas, bassist Todd Strange, and drummer Craig Nunemacher. Once known as the Slugs, the group's slow, grinding, heavy sound has alternately been tagged sludge metal and sludgecore, and has drawn comparisons both vocally and musically to Pantera, the Melvins, and Tad.
After another round of membership changes saw Duet, drummer Tony Costanza, and Okoneski leave the group in exchange for guitarist Steve Gibb, drummer Tommy Buckley, and bassist Pat Bruders, Crowbar returned in 2005 with Life's Blood for the Downtrodden. Six years later, the band released the ferocious Sever the Wicked Hand in 2011, and three years later, the more brooding Symmetry in Black. The Serpent Only Lies, the band's 11th studio long-player, dropped in 2016. Onetime drummer Tony Costanza died on August 4, 2020, at the age of 52. ~ Steve Huey