Last night on my Twitter feed someone I follow said she was listening to Crowbar, and immediately I thought of this, my favorite song of theirs. Crowbar is, of course, the very heavy sludge/doom metal band from New Orleans, and “When Planets Collide” is the opening track from their seminal 1998 album Odd Fellow’s Rest. This is one of the heaviest, most anguished but beautiful doom metal songs I know of. It’s simply a masterpiece, and I can’t believe I haven’t featured it on Metal for Friday before. I present it here together with the introduction.

As some of you know, I lived in New Orleans for a few years in the late 1990s, when Crowbar was coming to prominence in the world metal scene. The years between 1995 and 2000 were without a doubt the best time to be a metalhead in New Orleans. The scene was very incestuous: everybody knew each other, and everyone played in each other’s bands, which is why it’s often hard to separate the various projects of Phil Anselmo, Kirk Windstein, Jimmy Bower and the like. The wonderful bands that came out of or were associated with this scene included not just Pantera (a Texas-based band, though Anselmo was from New Orleans) and Crowbar but also Down, Superjoint Ritual, Eyehategod, The Mystic Krewe of Clearlight, Acid Bath, Goatwhore, Soilent Green and many others. I saw many of these bands live in various area clubs during these years, and it was pretty amazing. I last saw Crowbar live in Portland, Oregon in 1999.

Have a great Friday, Shabbat Shalom and a peaceful Passover or whatever your holiday is this weekend–there seem to be many to choose from! \m/