CD review KIRK WINDSTEIN ‘Dream in Motion’

Kirk Windstein is a name that’s very well-known in Heavy Metal. The guitarist and frontman of the mighty Crowbar belongs to the pioneers of Sludge Metal. His unique voice and guitar sound are the base for so many of the Crowbar albums. Windstein is a great musician, but he also became and is a personage when it comes to Metal.

Always showing the heavy side of his musical passion with Crowbar didn’t allow Windstein to also present a more mellow aspect of his musical understanding. His creativity is wider than what Crowbar can offer and the logical consequence is a solo album that will see the light of day in January 2020.

‘Dream in Motion’ is the title of the solo debut and it is a great one. Although his voice and guitar reflects some Crowbar the album in itself is totally different. Windstein, together with longtime companion Duane Simoneaux, recorded songs that can be positioned somewhere between Rock and Metal all equipped with shades of melancholy. Written in between tours and during holidays Windstein created tunes with lyrical depth and emotional impact.

The record is an acoustic one and it wouldn’t be Windstein, if the musician would follow standards. As with Crowbar the guitarist finds his own interpretation of sounds, this time about ‘acoustic’. Although it’s some heavy moments, like the title track, it’s a bigger focus on the more fragile and touching sounds. ‘The World You Know’ is one example and the darkened ‘Necropolis’ is another one. Both songs are emotional highlights on an album that shows another side of Windstein’s musical repertoire.

What also shows the band width of this album is the cover version at the end of ‘Dream in Motion’. ‘Aqualung’ is originally done by the legendary Jethro Tull and Windstein took the challenge of covering such a milestone. The result is a great interpretation of the timeless Rock anthem and a great finishing line for the album.

‘Dream in Motion’ is different, ‘Dream in Motion’ is not Crowbar, ‘Dream in Motion is Windstein and ‘Dream in Motion’ is an excellent longplayer with songs that show a different side of a pioneer in Metal.

Rating: 8 out of 10.


  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

Label: eOne

Genre: Rock

Release Date EU: January 24th, 2020


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