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If forced to describe Alaskan heavy metal unit 36 Crazyfists in just a single word, you might want to go with persistent.
Since forming 18 years ago, the band's released four records through three different labels, lost members to everything from
the usual band in-fighting to fatal car crashes, and they've shared the road with the likes of Alice in Chains, Atreyu, Killswitch
Engage, Chimaira, Diecast, God Forbid, Walls of Jericho, and Poison the Well. They've steadily made a name for themselves
and faced several ups and just as many downs. But this summer, one of Alaska's finest exports will return to the vibrant metal
scene it helped forge with 'Collisions and Castaways,' the band's fifth record and first since 2008's 'The Tide and Its Takers'
became 36CF's only studio offering to open in Billboard's Top 200 Chart.
'Collisions and Castaways,' the band's forthcoming second set for Ferret Music, was written and recorded between October 2009
and May 2010 and is scheduled for release July 27, 2010. It follows on the heels of last year's DVD outing, 'Underneath a
Northern Sky,' and is the band's second straight effort to feature guitarist Steve Holt in the producer's chair and Andy Sneap
handling the final mix, 'Collisions and Castaways' sees the band evolving into a three-piece unit following the 2008 departure
of bassist Mick Whitney, who left the group to spend more time at home with his wife and children.
36 Crazyfists will be touring for much of the rest of the year and hope to launch their first headlining tour during this
upcoming record cycle. Like lots of bands, 36 Crazyfists are a severe-sounding act who've accomplished a lot in a small amount
of time but still have a lot of metal fans to win over. And with 'Collisions and Castaways,' 36 Crazyfists will likely silence
the naysayers and continue doing what they do: always moving forward, always because of persistence.
"We've always wanted to have a career with this and make music that was maybe not for everybody, but for a certain group of
people and it meant a great deal to those people. I think that's what our band is," Lindow says. "There's much more to this
band than people may think, if they weren't paying attention."
Inspired by legends like Metallica, Deftones, and Only Living Witness, 36 Crazyfists, who helped anchor the inaugural RockStar
Mayhem Festival, first formed back in 1994, taking its moniker from the Jackie Chan flick of the same name. Several players
came in and out of the fold (including bassist JD Stuart, who was killed in a 1996 crash) before the band's core was solidified
well before 36CF inked its first label deal with Roadrunner Records. The band issued two full-lengths through Roadrunner,
2002's 'Bitterness the Star' and 2004's 'A Snow Capped Romance.' The band cultivated a massive following, relentlessly touring
the states alongside then-labelmates Killswitch Engage and Five Pointe O. After releasing 'Rest Inside the Flames' in 2006,
36 Crazyfists signed with Ferret for 2008's 'The Tide and Its Takers,' which opened at 155 with close to 5,000 units scanned
during the album's first week in stores.
"We've always just kind of stayed under the radar," Lindow explains. "We've had our own little personal successes. I am just
so glad to still be doing it after 16 years. This isn't a new metal band or a bunch of guys trying to rip off styles. The
band is still going and that's killer. We're just stoked to have people hear the new album."
'Collisions and Castaways' is a fierce, dark, crushing collection of eleven tracks that rip from the speaker like a runaway
train. Arguably the band's heaviest effort to date, it also happens to be a melodic affair and the kind of record 36 Crazyfists
and Lindow have wanted to "write ten years ago. If this was the end of the band, this record is exactly what I wanted our
band to do at one time, Maybe a lot of people will think we're just metalcore, but its so much more than that. It's a heavy
record with some big choruses and everything we've been about for a long time with a cool metal feel to it that I've been
Taking inspiration from his own life, Lindow says songs like "The Deserter," "Anchors," "Death Renames the Light," and "In
the Midnights," while vague in their lyricism, tackle a number of personal issues from the singer's past that he admits "I
may have swept under the rug." Some of the songs address the constant mistakes he'd made during his 20s, which he says were
something of a daze.
"Its definitely about life, my life and possibly all our lives," Lindow says. "Its just something I wanted to get off my chest.
All these years, I have been saying if you can quit making some of these mistakes, your life is going to change and you're
going to better and you have to be proactive about it. I thought I was doing it myself, but I wasn't. I really wanted to talk
about what has hampered progress for me in my life. It's about trying to be the best human being you can be and really putting
some things to rest and moving forward."runner Roadrage Tour quer durch Europa folgte.