Crack Up represents the rare genre of deathâ€™nâ€™roll â€“ a fascinating combination of death metal brutality with the melodic rockâ€™nâ€™roll approach. Over the years, the band managed to release four full-length albums, with each making a huge step in their musical evolution. â€œFrom the Graveâ€, the groupâ€™s second LP from 1997, is considered as their breakthrough release, ultimately forming Crack Upâ€™s significant styleâ€¦. Whereas the bandâ€™s debut album â€œBlood is Lifeâ€ was still closer to old-school death metal than anything else, â€œFrom the Groundâ€ showcased the bandâ€™s new direction towards pure deathâ€™nâ€™roll madness. With such great songs as â€œBroomerâ€, â€œGloriousâ€ and â€œBlood on the Floorâ€, the band proved that their new musical path was chosen well. Among the fifteen tracks found on the LP, one of them was particularly worth hearing â€“ a brilliant cover version of Nirvanaâ€™s â€œMoney Will Roll Right Inâ€. If youâ€™re looking for a ballsy, catchy, straight-forward metal beating, look no further â€“ Crack Up is your perfect pick.
Metal Mind Productions will re-release â€œFrom The Groundâ€ on 21st September in Europe and 1st December in USA (via MVD). New digipak edition is limited to 2000 copies. Digitally remastered using 24-Bit process on a golden disc.
â€œFrom The Groundâ€ (remastered)
Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1325 DG
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)
Genre: death metal / rockâ€™nâ€™roll
Release date: 01.12.2009 USA
1. From The Ground
3. Cracked Pack
4. Money With Roll Right In
9. Blood On The Floor
10. For Fake
11. Sappy Restrain
15. To The Sky
The bandâ€™s history started back in January 1992, when three musicians from HÃ¼nxe, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany – Tim SchnetgÃ¶ke (bass/vocals), Dirk Oschatz (guitar) and Frank Schlinkert (drums) â€“ decided to join forces as Rotting Misery. Later that year they released their debut six-track demo â€œEndless Comaâ€, limited to only 100 copies. At that time the group was mainly influenced by old-school death metal and that was the music they played. This changed in 1993, when Entombed released their cult classic â€œWolverine Bluesâ€, giving birth to a new, fascinating musical genre â€“ deathâ€™nâ€™roll. Inspired by the groovy mixture of death metal and traditional rockâ€™nâ€™roll, the trio forming Rotting Misery changed their name to Crack Up and in 1994 released a five-track demo â€œForsaken Dreamsâ€, presenting a new approach towards their earlier material. The demo caught the attention of Corrossion Records and on April 1st, 1996, Crack Upâ€™s debut LP â€“ â€œBlood is Lifeâ€ â€“ saw the light of day. The album proved to be quite successful and the band was soon noticed by yet another label â€“ the acclaimed Nuclear Blast Records. After securing the deal, the group began working on their second opusâ€¦
â€œFrom the Groundâ€ was released on April 4th, 1997, ultimately shaping the bandâ€™s style. Whereas â€œBlood is Lifeâ€ was still closer to old-school death metal than anything else, â€œFrom the Groundâ€ showcased the bandâ€™s new direction towards pure deathâ€™nâ€™roll madness. With such great songs as â€œBroomerâ€, â€œGloriousâ€ and â€œBlood on the Floorâ€, the band proved that their new musical path was chosen well. Among the fifteen tracks found on the LP, one of them was particularly worth hearing â€“ a brilliant cover version of Nirvanaâ€™s â€œMoney Will Roll Right Inâ€. With the release of â€œFrom the Groundâ€, Crack Up took their music to a higher level and showcased their huge potential, which was already noticed by fans and critics.
In 1998 Crack Up released their third LP entitled â€œHeads Will Rollâ€, which is considered as the groupâ€™s most successful offering in their entire discography. Unfortunately, Nuclear Blast was not impressed by the sales and eventually dropped the band. Crack Up signed over to Moonstorm Records, where they released two more LPs â€“ â€œDead End Runâ€ (2000) and â€œButtoxinâ€™ Bloomâ€ (2002). In between those releases, the group also contributed two songs for a split with The Now Noise!, which hit the stores in 2001 thanks to Wanker Records.
â€œButtoxinâ€™ Bloomâ€ turned out to be Crack Upâ€™s last offering â€“ the group called it quits soon after the album was released. This exclusive re-issue of â€œFrom the Graveâ€ brings back one of the most underrated deathâ€™nâ€™roll bands in the history of the genre.