Hear Crowbar Bandleader Kirk Windstein’s Sludgy New Solo Song “Dream in Motion”

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Kirk Windstein is known by many as the “riff master.” For three decades, the NOLA-based musician been making trailblazing heavy music, with his main band Crowbar, Southern metal supergroup Down and his side project with Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta, Kingdom of Sorrow. But he’s never released a solo album that before. That all changes on January 24th, when he’s set to drop the LP Dream in Motion via eOne (you can pre-order it now). Windstein recorded the forthcoming full-length between tours and over holidays across two years, and handled all vocal duties, guitars and bass, while his longtime collaborator Duane Simoneaux added drums and effects. Along with the announcement of the album comes its lead single and title track, a burly sludge-metal cut that takes Crowbar’s pummel to a more winsome and nostalgic place.

Originally, Windstein had thought about making an acoustic album for his solo record, but eventually abandoned the idea because, “that’s just so cliché, you know?” he said. “Nothing against that, but It’s been done a million times. But I had been thinking about doing something a little more mellow for some time. It’s something I wanted to do, I needed to do. It’s another side of my songwriting, my personality. It’s another side of me. It’s something I did for myself. It’s not even that this isn’t heavy, because there are bits and pieces that are very heavy. But even the heaviest riff on this is something I couldn’t really do in Crowbar. If some Crowbar fans don’t like it, I’ll understand. But I hope people dig it.”

Dream in Motion track listing:
1. Dream In Motion
2. Hollow Dying Man
3. Once Again
4. Enemy In Disguise
5. The World You Know
6. Toxic
7. The Healing
8. Necropolis
9. The Ugly Truth
10. Aqualung (Jethro Tull cover)