New Orleans sludge maestros Crowbar are lifers. Kirk Windstein and company have been peddling the same effective and, ultimately, still unequaled brand of depressive heavy blues for the better part of 25 years. With original bassist Todd Strange now back in the fold, Crowbar are getting set to release The Serpent Only Lies, another sterling entry in their discography that continues to be a monument of consistency. We're happy to premiere a new song from that album, the heavy as all hell second track called "Plasmic and Pure."

Much like "Falling While Rising," "Plasmic and Pure" is a signature Crowbar track. Built around a slow-and-low sludge riff that sounds, like their best stuff, evil and sad at the same time, the song lumbers along for a while with pure bludgeoning ferocity. But the track eventually morphs in a way that sets Crowbar apart from their NOLA sludge contemporaries. Its midsection is mournful and melodic, complete with soaring lead guitar, in a way that the likes of Down or Eyehategod simpy aren't interested in. It's that unique mix of, again, brutality and emotional heaviness that sets Kirk apart as a songwriter. And he can always deliver, as he does in the outro here, a chugging, head-bob generating doom riff of the highest order.

The Serpent Only Lies is out on October 28 via eOne records. You can pre-order that baby here. Crowbar also have tour dates coming up.

Crowbar -- 2016 Tour Dates
Sep 28 Shakas Live Virginia Beach, VA
Sep 29 The Throne Theater Wilmington, NC
Sep 30 The Sparrow North Charleston, SC
Oct 01 New Brookland Tavern Columbia, SC
Oct 02 The Warehouse Clarksville, TN
Oct 03 Manchester Music Hall Lexington, KY
Oct 06 Nighthawks Jacksonville, FL
Oct 07 The Orpheum Ybor City, FL
Oct 08 Kelly's Live Sarasota, FL
Oct 09 Churchills Pub Miami, FL
Oct 10 House of Blues Orlando Orlando, FL
Oct 22 Empire Control Room & Garage Austin, TX
Oct 23 White Oak Music hall Houston, TX
Nov 04 Rock Planet Cervia, Italy
Nov 17 Barba Negra Music Club Budapest, Hungary