Kirk Windstein left Down in 2013 to focus his efforts on Crowbar. The move gave Windstein control which, as he explained to Ghost Cult Mag, “at my age…not to sound like a dick but I deserve to be in control of my own life and my career.”
Windstein further explains the move:
“The situation for me in my life had changed to simplify my life was the smartest thing I’ve ever done. Now I’m in control. Now as in an arrogant asshole – I’m in control of when I tour, where I tour, how long I tour. My wife does merchandise. To us, Crowbar is a family business. So if we’re not on the road doing Crowbar, we’re at home being a family. To me, it was a logical, perfect step for us as a family. You saw what you saw and this band kicks ass. I put us against anybody. I ain’t scared of nobody. We don’t need bells and whistles, explosions, dragons, demons, light shows or none of that bullshit. I’m proud of what we do and I believe in what we do. That’s why I’m doing it.”
After leaving Down, Crowbar entered the studio in late 2013 and released Symmetry In Black in May of 2014. This new album was their tenth full-length since forming in 1992.