36 CRAZY FISTS – TIME AND TRAUMA
Release Date: 16 February 2015
℗ 2015 Spinefarm Records
- Time and Trauma
- Also Am I
- Swing the Noose
- Gathering Bones
Time and Trauma is the seventh studio album produced by 36 CrazyFists and is testament to their experience, skill and talent. Due for release February 17th, 2015 via Spinefarm Records.
Born largely from tragedy involving the murder of associate band Broke drummer Duane Monsen in 1994, 36CF came together by way of benefit concert for Duane’s family, proved a perfect fit and released their first EP by 1995.
In 1996, tragedy struck again with the loss of JD Stuart as the result of a car accident. JD was just 23 years old.
The group fought on with the recruitment of bassist Mick Whitney and following the success of their second EP Suffer Tree and later in 1997 released their first album In the Skin and from there it was full steam ahead.
This album will carry emotion and meaning for so many in the years to come, but for none more that lead singer Brock Lindow, who essentially dedicates the works to the tragic loss of his mother after her suffering terminal cancer and his journey back from such an ordeal.
The heavy rock album opens with the emotional Vanish which is sung brilliantly by Brock with a fantastic mix of clean and growling vocals accompanied by a tremendous musical accompaniment.
11.24.11 will have you moshing along, probably oblivious to the meaning behind it as you enjoy the track, but with any luck the path from grief and horror can be opened before those who need the light after tragedy. To release the anger, scream at the world to stop or bring on the tears, whatever helps. Brock releases emotions beautifully.
The melodic struggle continues through Sorrow Sings, Liteness and Time and Trauma, but make no mistake, the music is strangely uplifting and compels the listener to form a bond of camaraderie with the band and apply the lyrics to one’s own tales of loss.
Also Am I kicks the beat up a notch and beat through your body. All efforts to merely listen to this magnificent track and remain motionless are futile. Extremely catchy and every instrument utilized is clear, precise and played with profound mastery.
Translator is surely bound for mainstream success and, more than likely a soundtrack or two demonstrating the group’s ability to shake off a genre and play their passions. Just when you are satisfied you have settled on a genre 36CF take off in a new direction. Silencer, Slaves and Swing the Noose are skillfully written and performed, but carry their own identity. The latter reminds me of the skills and style of former Hüsker Dü guitarist and singer Bob Mould, particularly during his time with Sugar.
The journey through Gathering Bones and Marrow envelope the listener in a profound and isolated atmosphere of melancholic reflection completing the commercial version of the album beautifully.
Hard Rock? Alternative Metal? Coremetal? Rock and Roll? Alternative Rock? Who gives a shit? This album is very simply one genre…BRILLIANT. This album is a must. Keep your eyes peeled for the Deluxe Edition with additional tracks Edge of the End and I, Erase.