36 Crazyfists – Lanterns Review
by Dustin Wikoff

Hailing from Anchorage, Alaska, 36 Crazyfists are back with their second album of new material in two years. Lanterns, their second album on Spinefarm Records, continues vocalist Brock Lindow’s trend of deeply personal lyrics. The previous album, 2015’s Time and Trauma, dealt with the loss of his mother, and now Lanterns chronicles his recent divorce after 13 years.

             “Lanterns represent the light we all seek,” explains Brock. “These songs are all about struggling to locate it and trying to find the way to move forward and get past what has mentally hampered you in your life. Everyone deals with depression on some level. It’s a matter of how you’re going to get out of it, put one foot in front of the other, get up, and live in this dark spot. That encompasses the umbrella of the album. I can say I’m much stronger mentally than I was two years ago when we started this.” Guitarist Steve Holt, bassist Mick Whitney, and drummer Kyle Baltus paint the landscape for Brock to unleash his feelings of anger, depression, sorrow, loss, and hope.

Lead off track Death Eater grabs you by the ears and demands your attention. “It’s probably the heaviest and most metal track. Lyrically, it’s about how it feels being on the top of the mountain without a care in the world and having everything crumble. You don’t suspect your life can turn upside down in a blink. When that does happen, who is there to support you and help you get back up? I found out exactly who my friends are. They’re the exact same people I’ve known since fourth grade. They’re real dear to me and helped me through the last couple of years.”

Tracks like Better to Burn feature the anthemic choruses you’ve come to expect from 36CF, while Where Revenge Ends show a more vulnerable side to Brock’s vocals. In their 23rd year, 36 Crazyfists show no signs of slowing down or easing up anytime soon. And with albums like Lanterns, why should they?

Dustin Wikoff is the host of Drunken Lullabies
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