Sever the Wicked Hand

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Sever the Wicked Hand
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 8, 2011
StudioOCD Recording and Production (Metairie, Los Angeles)
GenreSludge metal
LabelE1/Housecore/Century Media
ProducerKirk Windstein
Crowbar chronology
Lifesblood for the Downtrodden
Sever the Wicked Hand
Symmetry in Black

Sever the Wicked Hand is the ninth studio album by American sludge metal band Crowbar. It was released on February 8, 2011 via E1 Music, on February 14, 2011 via Century Media in the UK, and a day later for the rest of Europe.[1] It was the band's first studio album after Lifesblood for the Downtrodden, released exactly six years before in 2005.


Sever the Wicked Hand was the first album that frontman Kirk Windstein recorded sober.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

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According to Metacritic, the album received "generally favorable" reviews and a score of 79.[3] Writing for Popmatters, Adrien Begrand praised Crowbar for ensuring that its ninth album "sound so fresh while sounding so comfortably familiar at the same time", and gave particular accolades to Kirk Windstein's vocals on "Let Me Mourn", the emotional intensity of "Echo an Eternity", and the soulful closing track, "Symbiosis".[5] Situating the album in the context of Windstein's recent recovery from alcoholism, Eduardo Rivadavia wrote for AllMusic that, while there are "no great revelations or revolutions" on Sever the Wicked Hand, Windstein's "spirit and inspiration have clearly been revitalized, and the end results amount to a quintessential Crowbar album" among the strongest of the band's career.[4]

Track listing[edit]

1."Isolation (Desperation)"Kirk Windstein4:15
2."Sever the Wicked Hand"Windstein3:16
3."Liquid Sky and Cold Black Earth"Windstein6:24
4."Let Me Mourn"Crowbar4:51
5."The Cemetery Angels"Crowbar4:02
6."As I Become One"Crowbar4:56
7."A Farewell to Misery"Crowbar3:44
8."Protectors of the Shrine"Crowbar3:29
9."I Only Deal in Truth"Crowbar3:20
10."Echo an Eternity"Crowbar5:03
11."Cleanse Me, Heal Me"Crowbar3:42
Total length:52:12


Guest musicians[edit]

  • Patrick Plata – vocals on "A Farewell to Misery"
  • Duane Simoneaux – piano on "A Farewell to Misery"



  1. ^ Crowbar: New Album Track Listing, Audio Samples Available Archived November 27, 2010, at the Wayback Machine November 23, 2010. Retrieved on April 18, 2011.
  2. ^ Marshall, Brandon. "Kirk Windstein Is Severing The Wicked Demons". Sonic Excess. Retrieved November 23, 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Sever the Wicked Hand - Crowbar". Metacritic. Retrieved November 23, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Crowbar Sever the Wicked Hand". Allmusic. Retrieved November 23, 2013.
  5. ^ a b Begrand, Adrien (February 23, 2011). "Crowbar: Sever the Wicked Hand". Popmatters. Retrieved November 23, 2013.
  6. ^ Horsley, Jonathan (February 18, 2011). "Crowbar - Sever the Wicked Hand". Rocksound. Retrieved November 23, 2013.