Saturday, May 16, 2015

36 Crazyfists at the Studio at Webster Hall

Brock Lindow
36 Crazyfists formed in 1994 from the remains of three local bands in Anchorage, Alaska. Musicians from the three bands jammed together to perform at a benefit concert and discovered that they were such an excellent fit that they stayed together. The new band took its name from the movie Jackie Chan and the 36 Crazy Fists and became a local favorite. After exhausting the Alaskan music club circuit, 36 Crazyfists relocated to the Seattle/Tacoma area of Washington and then further south to Portland, Oregon. The metalcore/nu metal quartet has released seven studio albums; the most recent, Time and Trauma, was released on February 17, 2015. The band currently consists of vocalist Brock Lindow, guitarist Steve Holt, bassist Mick Whitney and drummer Kyle Baltus.

Headlining the Studio at Webster Hall tonight, 36 Crazyfists performed a melodic metalcore that was fierce and crushing, at times almost to the point of extreme metal. Lindow growled like a beast, and the band's relentless pounding exploded mercilessly into a raging metal assault. Interestingly, the guitarists chopped on deep, coarse chords during Lindow's vocals, then spun into lighter, lyrical leads when Lindow stepped back from the microphone. Highlights included "I'll Go Until My Heart Stops" and "The Heart and the Shape." Concluding with a memorable audience connection, Lindow asked near the end of the set if anyone in front wanted to join the band for a song; a young male fan climbed on stage and helped sing "Destroy the Map." With song structures reminiscent of 70s hard rock bands but with the power of newer metal hybrids, tonight's performance showed that 36 Crazyfists has the potential to please a wide range of metalheads.

Visit 36 Crazyfists at www.36crazyfists.net.