36 Crazyfists---Lanterns Spinefarm Records Release: 29 September 2017 By: Stephanie Stevens
We all have that one band that you latch onto that really speaks to you every time a song comes on. When I was hit with the 2002 debut album BITTERNESS THE STAR from the Alaskan band 36 CRAZYFISTS; I remember I was in my car and was in awe of what I heard coming out of my speakers. I got to know these musicians through having endless interviews with them and seeing them live any and all chances I got when they came to town. I grew with the band I have seen them change members, go through struggles, change labels and keep making music that is not only heavy, aggressive, powerful and meaningful but keeps evolving and giving fans a place to call home inside each and every track.
It’s been 23 years and singer Brock Lindow, guitarist Steve Holt, Bassist Mick Whitney and drummer Kyle Baltus are on the verge of releasing the bands 7th studio album LANTERNS.
The success for this band has come in small waves but from the bands last album TIME & TRAUMA; where the band finally had a career high on music charts; the media and music fans are finally waking up to realize this band has something very special as musicians and artists. LANTERNS has incorporated the sound of the old….fiery, intense, energy driven but experimenting with the simpler, more eloquent sounds; with Lindow showing off more vocal capabilities; from the harsh and intense screams to the melody driving singing voice. He has been showing off little by little a more fragile sounding vocal to him but on this record, I feel like his heart n soul really bleeds on tracks like WHERE REVENEGE ENDS and DARK CORNERS. Attributing to the soul you feel in his vocals he is also bringing light into the lyrical content where depression and anxiety is a very relative and serious issue in the world these days. SEA AND SMOKE melody driven vocals intertwined with the hard driving soundscape; it brings you on a journey of passion and struggle but with a positive reassurance. BETTER TO BURN is high energy, its driven, it’s the signature of what 36 CRAZYFISTS does best. The chorus is on point where the fans will be singing along for their lives. It’s got a great groove, the raspy and edgy vocals but punches you with that powerful high energy. WARS TO WALK AWAY FROM heavy, melodic, with a sexy messy attitude. This song stuck out pretty prominent when going through each track on the disc. SLEEPSICK is just gnarly, its heavy as fuck, digs into your soul, darker uglier and strong. Probably my favorite song on the disc by far. The one thing I love about this band is the way they can kick your ass in the verses and just let your heartbeat settle in the choruses with a catchy yet still grueling sound. BANDAGE OF PROMISE makes you adore the voice of Lindow like no tomorrow. He’s got that grasp and uniqueness that just makes the song shine. BELOW THE GRAVES fast, penetrating, groove oriented and soulful. OLD GOLD another one that blends the hard n soft and really shows off the talent and musicianship and brotherhood these guys have in the writing process. DEATHEATER starts the album off and will end my review. This song some of you already got a glimpse into but I have to say if there is one song that really platforms the album LANTERNS it’s this one shows the classic sound of the band and modern twists. Kills you with heavy and high energy attitude these guys bring on record and to every live show. The signature sound of Lindow is there wrapped with the aggressive; very solid track.
36 CRAZYFISTS has really evolved, grown and keeps bringing freshness to their sound after all these years. You all might not be into the music but you have to hand it to these boys that they are one of the few that can still progress with the times. To the fans like me who adore these guys (anytime I speak about this band I always say they are my heart n soul; I mean it) you will not be disappointed in LANTERNS. If you loved TIME & TRAUMA this one is going to blow the doors off; A must in your collection.