CROWBAR (1992–2000). Original lineup: Kirk Windstein (vocals and guitars), Matt Thomas (guitars), Todd Strange (bass), and Craig Numenmacher (drums).
Often compared to Pantera and the Melvins, New Orleans’ Crowbar became known for playing a slow and grinding version of sludge metal and also gained notoriety for their physical weight, with a number of members tipping the scales at 300 pounds. Their first album was 1992’s Obedience Thru Suffering. Their second album, 1993’s Crowbar, was produced by Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo, a friend of the band. Anselmo’s involvement led to appearances on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball and video airplay for the songs “All I Had (I Gave)” and “Existence” on the TV show Beavis & Butthead. The band also went on tour supporting Pantera. After 1995’s Time Heals Nothing, drummer Numenmacher left the band and was replaced by Jimmy Bower, guitarist for Eyehategod. 1996’s Broken Glass saw the departure of guitarist Thomas and the arrival of his replacement Sammy Pierre Duet. Sid Montz joined the band for Equilibrium in 2000, replacing Bower, but was soon replaced himself by original drummer Numenmacher. Bassist Todd Strange left later the same year.
Discography: Obedience Thru Suffering (Grind Core Int., 1992); Crowbar (Zoo, 1993); Live þ 1 (Pavement, 1994); Time Heals Nothing (Pavement/Zoo, 1995); Broken Glass (Pavement, 1996); Odd Fellows Rest (Mayhem, 1998); Equilibrium (Spitfire, 2000); Sonic Excess in Its Purest Form (Spitfire, 2001); Lifesblood for the Downtrodden (Candlelight, 2005).