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Your New Favourite Band

Posted on February 12, 2008

The amazing new 36 Crazyfists album ‘A Snow-Capped Romance’ is released on March 15th and is available for around 퉌£11.99 from HMV, Virgin (look out for the 퉌£2 off voucher in Kerrang, issue 13/3), MVC, Music Zone plus your local official ‘Roadrage’ store. And speaking of Kerrang!, do read the below awesome album review… “Now that nu-metal has toddled off ino the sunset never to be seen again (fingers crossed), and post-hardcore and all things heart-wrenching have moved out of dark bedrooms and onto MTV, the hybrid machine has really started picking up momentum. A couple of years ago Glassjaw confused everyone, then Lostprophets got massive, and before anyone knew where they were, Funeral For A Friend were off on tour with Iron Maiden and Thrice had rooms full of hardcore kids air-guitaring. 36 Crazyfists have been around for a decade but only released their debut full length two years ago. This, their second album, was produced by James Wisner, previously responsible for recording Dashboard Confessional, but was mixed by Andy Sneap who’s worked with Arch Enemy and Earth Crisis. Therefore, this could’ve ended up sounding contrived, unnatural and frankly all over the shop. It’s true that ‘A Snow-Capped Romance’ has all the sheen and glossy production of a big metal record, and this was never going to be the grittiest album ever, but its also true that the band have recorded 11 huge-sounding tracks that will appeal to rock fans across the board. Let’s start with opener ‘At The End Of August’ – an urgent hardcore onslaught with emotive, melodious choruses and throat-scraping vocals. The comes ‘The Heart And The SHape’ – a song that gives Lostprophets a run for their money in the catchy hook department. On ‘Bloodwork’, frontman Brock Lindow gives the screaming a rest and lets his vocals stretch fully, sounding like a combination of Glassjaw’s Daryl Palumbo and Alien Ant Farm’s Dryden Mitchell. Then there’s stark spoken-word ‘Song For A Fisherman’ – a tribute to family, friends and 36 Crazyfists’ hometown of Anchorage (‘Those are the things I will definitely die with’ sighs Lindow wistfully), before a final return to the weighty riffing and angst-driven drama. There is a risk here that hardcore fans will find this too ‘rock’ and metal fans will think it’s too ’emo’. But this has plenty of both attributes that will appeal to both audiences equally. 36 Crazyfists might just be your new favourite band.” Rae Alexandra, Kerrang! KKKK.

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