Crawl - _Earth_
(Pavement, 1995)
by: Gino Filicetti (6 out of 10)
This album starts off with a bang, right away, without any time to fathom what's in store for you, it's straight into the malicious music of Crawl. The first track, 'Skinned', contains samples and powerful shotgun blast beats from the rhythm section. The music is very heavy and also has it's share of industrial sounds thrown in like the occasional mechanical drone or the odd sample of some old B movie. The vocals begin with a simplistic scream style very reminiscent of newer Fear Factory material but turn into an awesome growl as the album progresses. The lyrics are basic and to the point, but still have a reasonable semblance of intelligence in their structure. Luckily, the CD is only 38 minutes long, the perfect length for this type of music in my opinion, anything longer would probably prove very monotonous. The last track, 'Release' is definitely my fave, with its experimental beginning, to its wild ending, you'll think it's over and done with just as the music comes back to knock you down with a flurry of noise best described as an electronic thunder storm. A good buy for any fan of Fear Factory or similar bands.

(article published 12/8/1995)

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