Down http://www.down-nola.com Official Site Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:50:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Pepper Keenan on the Upcoming Down EP, ‘Down IV—Part Two,’ and the Possibility of Reuniting with Corrosion of Conformity http://www.down-nola.com/downs-pepper-keenan-happy-clams-right-now/ http://www.down-nola.com/downs-pepper-keenan-happy-clams-right-now/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:40:47 +0000 http://www.down-nola.com/?p=2202 GuitarWorld.com   Guitar World recently caught up with Down guitarist Pepper Keenan to discuss the group’s upcoming EP, Down IV—Part Two (on sale May 20), the departure of longtime guitarist Kirk Windstein, and the possibility of a reunion with his Keenan’s former band, Corrosion of Conformity. When did you start working on the upcoming Down IV—Part Two EP? We were Read More...

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Guitar World recently caught up with Down guitarist Pepper Keenan to discuss the group’s upcoming EP, Down IV—Part Two (on sale May 20), the departure of longtime guitarist Kirk Windstein, and the possibility of a reunion with his Keenan’s former band, Corrosion of Conformity.

When did you start working on the upcoming Down IV—Part Two EP?

We were touring a lot, and we did a bunch of killer shows in Europe and the band as a whole was very excited about where we were heading. And then we had some issues with Kirk [Windestein] and him wanting to focus more on Crowbar—and that happens sometimes in bands, you’d be a fool to deny it.

We were just going in separate directions, and that’s okay—I mean, we only wanted the best for Kirk, but Down wasn’t going to waste one second, and he understood that. But I understood where Kirk was coming from—Crowbar is his baby.

So, during that period, me and Jimmy [Bower, drums] and Pat [Bruders, bass] were just in the jam room constantly, coming up with ideas and running them past Phil [Anselmo, vocals] to make sure that we were all on the same page. And then basically our ace in the hole became Pat.

He had been in Crowbar all these years, but he never really had a chance to write much of anything. And he started coming up with some amazing ideas, and that took some of the pressure off of us. We do it pretty old-school—just beatin’ it out in the jam room.

What are some of the pros of doing four consecutive EPs?

Usually when you do a full length album, the record company throws it out there and maybe you get a couple of months out of it—but we wanted to do something that would stretch that out for a couple of years. Down likes to tour a lot, and doing the EPs will allow us more freedom to do that and get more music out to our fans more frequently.

Plus we have different types of songs in this band, and doing EPs will let us bring out some of those songs that didn’t fit on an album before. Like the next EP will probably have more campfire-type, acousticy songs. It’ll give us an opportunity to show a different side of Down without having to do another whole album, or take those few acoustic songs and jam them into full album. We just like the idea of splitting the material up into four EPs and making it work to our advantage.

From a songwriting perspective, what did it mean to lose Kirk Windstein?

I knew we were losing something, but I couldn’t quite figure out what it was. I just knew that something was going to be gone. I’m pretty prolific when it comes to riffs and songs, so it wasn’t that much of a concern—but Kirk and I had been doing this together for 20 fucking years, so that aspect of it was gone.

How did your stage manager, Bobby Landgraf, come to be Kirk’s replacement in the band?

We were gonna go on a nationwide search for guitar players and all that, but sometimes that ends up biting you on the ass. The truth is we’re really not the easiest band to get along with—we kind of have our own language and way of doing things—so we wanted someone we knew we could hang out with, and Bobby was right there. After we got him in the game, everything started rolling. It reinvigorated us to have some new blood in the band.

We’re happy as clams right now. Everybody’s heads are clear—nobody’s stumbling around, and we’re ready for the next couple of years for sure.

The new EP isn’t a huge departure from the first one.

No, it isn’t, but that was kind of the intention. I think it’s really gonna shift on the third and fourth EPs. The first one we just kinda ham-fisted it out, and the second one has a little more trickery going on—the riffs aren’t quite so simple and easily digestible, and at the end there’s this little acoustic thing that I think is gonna fly into the third EP. There’s some really crafty guitar stuff happening on this EP that we’ve never ventured into before.

Your last recording with Corrosion of Conformity was 2005’s In the Arms of God. Are you open to reuniting with C.O.C.?

I talk to Woody [Weatherman, guitar] and Mike [Dean, bass] about it often, and it’s definitely on the radar—but those guys are fully capable of doing it as a three-piece on their own for now, and they have been for a while. It’ll happen sooner or later, but only when I could give C.O.C. the utmost respect and attention that it deserves. But the truth is, doing both of those bands full-time is too much.

“Down IV – Part Two” track listing:

01. Steeple

02. We Knew Him Well
03. Hogshead/Dogshead
04. Conjure
05. Sufferer’s Years
06. Bacchanalia

 

 

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Hard Rock Interview: Jimmy Bower of Down http://www.down-nola.com/hard-rock-interview-jimmy-bower/ http://www.down-nola.com/hard-rock-interview-jimmy-bower/#comments Thu, 27 Mar 2014 11:17:58 +0000 http://www.down-nola.com/?p=2190 Examiner.com On May 9, the year’s most blistering metal lineup will crash into the tri-state area for two nights of headcrushing overdrive. Black Label Society, Down, Devil You Know and the Butcher Babies are on this year’s Revolver Golden Gods tour, and your eardrums may never be the same again. In anticipation of the show at Read More...

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On May 9, the year’s most blistering metal lineup will crash into the tri-state area for two nights of headcrushing overdrive. Black Label Society, Down, Devil You Know and the Butcher Babies are on this year’s Revolver Golden Gods tour, and your eardrums may never be the same again.

In anticipation of the show at the Starland Ballroom in New Jersey, followed the next night with another show at Best Buy Theater here in Manhattan, I spoke to drummer Jimmy Bower of Down. Read our interview below for Jimmy’s thoughts on the new Down EP, jamming with Zakk Wylde, and even playing Free Bird.

Examiner: Hey Jimmy, how are you today?

Jimmy: I’m doing good man, how you doing?

Examiner: Pretty well myself. Down is coming to New York City in about a month and a half, where are you hanging out today?

Jimmy: I’m in downtown New Orleans right now.

Examiner: How do you gear up for going on tour?

Jimmy: Put some clothes in a suitcase! (laughs) We usually try to get a bit of rehearsal in before we leave, and just kinda go over the songs that you wanna play. Say goodbye to the family, and get going.

Examiner: One of my favorite things about a Down tour is that you don’t stick to one exact setlist night after night. Do you figure out the night’s songs that same day?

Jimmy: You still gotta write a setlist. We usually talk out a couple of hours before what we’re going to play. It depends on the type of touring, if we’re gonna be on a headlining tour you have more time to shuffle the songs around. If you’re doing an opening set you kinda wanna go full force like a fight, you know?

Examiner: Let’s talk a little about that. This is going to be the Revolver Golden Gods tour, and you guys will be opening for Black Label Society. I’m not sure how I feel about that, because you guys are more of a headlining kind of band.

Jimmy: Yeah but I think it’s cool man, because Black Label has a really good following, and I think that our fans and their fans are kinda the same, so I think it will be really cool to get all those people together for one giant celebration. We’re really looking forward to touring with them.

Examiner: I guess what makes it feel weird for me is because after you play Bury Me In Smoke, I’m spent. It’s like Free Bird – I saw Lynyrd Skynyrd opening for Kid Rock, and after they played Free Bird I went home, because after that experience I’m done. It doesn’t get better than that. I don’t feel like listening to another set.

Jimmy: (laughs) Well hopefully a couple of the Black Label guys will come jam it with us and that should freak some people out.

Examiner: I can already picture Zakk Wylde shredding all over it.

Jimmy: Hell yeah man, hell yeah. It’s really exciting and it should be interesting and, I don’t know, maybe we should end with a different song, you know? Maybe we can learn Free Bird.

Examiner: Honestly, I would pay any amount of money to see Down jamming out on Free Bird.

Jimmy: I’m sure something jam-wise is gonna happen, man. Between both bands everyone loves music too much for that not to happen. It should be fun.

Examiner: Well, you know every Pantera fan in the world is watching and thinking, Philip and Zakk on the same stage, maybe that Pantera with Zakk Wylde fantasy is finally going to happen.

Jimmy: Don’t ask me to do it, I can’t do that double bass stuff.

Examiner: Damn.

Jimmy: But if something like that happened… I mean, put yourself in the fans’ shoes. Going to see a concert with people that have jammed together and for something like that to happen, just wow. I think it would be really cool, from a fan’s standpoint, I think they would sh*t themselves.

Examiner: I think that’s already happening just thinking about it.

Jimmy: It’s a pretty extensive tour, pretty long, and we got a new record out we’re pushing, so we’re looking forward to it.

Examiner: That new EP will be coming out within a few days of the New York and New Jersey shows in May. I got to listen to it a couple of times yesterday and this morning, and you guys rocked that sh*t. I gotta say great job.

Jimmy: Thank you man.

Examiner: Do you have a favorite track yet?

Jimmy: I like Conjure a lot. The third song, real slow.

Examiner: It’s an awesome song. What do you think the fan favorite will be?

Jimmy: I don’t know man. I think the whole EP speaks for itself in terms of quality. We’re really happy with how it turned out and the whole recording process, this was actually one of the smoothest records we’ve ever made. It was like two weeks and we had all the drums tracked, and moved onto the guitar and bass and Phil came in and everytime he comes in and starts singing, it’s like a bolt of lightning.

Examiner: This is the second of what’s supposed to be four EPs, is that still the plan?

Jimmy: Yep.

Examiner: When this four EP plan was first announced a couple of years ago, there was tentatively going to be a really mellow or acoustic EP. Is that still in the works?

Jimmy: Yeah, that was the whole idea. We have a bunch of different styles, and like you said, we got mellow songs, we got rock songs, we got straight up heavy songs, so the whole idea was for each EP to reflect a style. On this EP, Kirk left the band last year so with Bobby in the band we just wanted to write songs with Bobby and it worked, man. Bobby’s such a great songwriter and such a good dude to have in the band, we kind of feel like it’s a fresh start. It’s nothing we haven’t been through before, but for some reason this album we feel really strong about everything. And hopefully maybe the next record will be your mellow and trippy one.

Examiner: I gotta tell you, of course I love the heavy songs, but Jail and Learn From This Mistake and Nothing In Return have always been favorites of mine because no other band makes heavy but also mellow music like that.

Jimmy: You gotta have some baby-making songs in there, brother!

Examiner: And weed-smoking songs.

Jimmy: Of course. That leads to the baby-making.

Examiner: There’s actually some real mellow stuff at the very end of the last song on this EP, it caught me by surprise, almost like it was a different album.

Jimmy: That song was actually tracked and written in like 15-20 minutes. It was pretty crazy, Pepper’s got this ukulele that he plays for his daughter. And he just started messing around, and it was like throw a microphone on that, and next thing you know Phil was singing and that was a wrap, bro. It’s that Planet Caravan, Solitude kind of song.

Examiner: Is there room in this upcoming tour for any of the slow stuff, or it’s full speed ahead heavy?

Jimmy: I don’t know, that’s pretty much up to Phil. He does the song list. Just get ready for whatever he’s gonna throw our way. But it just happens to be on this run, we’re doing an opening set so I think we play 45 minutes a night, which is maybe nine, ten songs.

Examiner: Bury Me In Smoke on its own is just about ten minutes.

Jimmy: Bury Me In Free Bird, bro.

Examiner: Don’t tease me Jimmy. Don’t get my hopes up.

Jimmy: That would be awesome man, so awesome.

Examiner: Let’s finish with an easy question, what’s the most important thing you bring on tour with you?

Jimmy: Baby wipes. You see some of these bathrooms…

Examiner: That’s good to know. Thanks for speaking with me today, and I’m looking forward to these shows. And you’re gonna pull Free Bird through for me, right?

Jimmy: Bury Me In Bird. You got it.

Tickets are still available for both concerts right here. Read my last live review of Down in Las Vegas here, and my summer interview with Philip H. Anselmo himself here.

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Pre-Order DOWN IV Part II EP from iTunes NOW http://www.down-nola.com/pre-order-iv-part-ii-ep-itunes-now/ http://www.down-nola.com/pre-order-iv-part-ii-ep-itunes-now/#comments Tue, 18 Mar 2014 18:26:39 +0000 http://www.down-nola.com/?p=2176   Metal supergroup Down has unveiled their new track “We Knew Him Well” from their upcoming EP Down IV – Part Two, out May 13th via Down Records/ADA Music. Stereogum premiered “We Knew Him Well,” calling it “a titanic, bludgeoning deep-head-nod groove…it’s gloriously messy but locked-in in the way that only New Orleans metal bands can pull off.” Read More...

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Metal supergroup Down has unveiled their new track “We Knew Him Well” from their upcoming EP Down IV – Part Two, out May 13th via Down Records/ADA Music. Stereogum premiered “We Knew Him Well,” calling it “a titanic, bludgeoning deep-head-nod groove…it’s gloriously messy but locked-in in the way that only New Orleans metal bands can pull off.” The track is now available for immediate download with pre-order of the album or as an individual download on iTunes HERE, and is also available for streaming and embed HERE.

In support of the upcoming record, Down will take their renowned live show on the road this spring, joining Black Label Society and Devil You Know on a North American tour. The tour, which also includes Down headlining shows and festival appearances, begins at Iron City in Birmingham, AL on May 2nd, and ends at Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK on May 25th. The run also includes an appearance on May 24th at Emo’s in Austin at the “Rock the Heart” concert, a benefit for the late Mike Scaccia’s (Rigor Mortis/Ministry) “Heart Rock” Foundation, with the goal of raising awareness about heart disease. Full tour dates are below, and tickets and VIP packages are now on sale here.


With a collective resume encompassing Pantera, Corrosion of Conformity, and Eyehategod, Down puffed out its first haze of sonic smoke from the belly of gritty old New Orleans on the 1995 platinum-selling classic, Nola. At that moment, they naturally summoned something akin to a ritual, continually partaking in it with critically revered offerings - Down II: A Bustle In Your Hedgerow in 2002, Down III: Over the Under in 2007, Diary of a Mad Band live CD/DVD in 2010 and Down IV – Part One in 2012. Their shows built a certain live lore with unforgettable runs alongside Metallica and Heaven & Hell as well as coveted spots on Download, Soundwave, and OZZfest. On 2014′s Down IV – Part Two, the boys once again deliver passionate, powerful, and pure heavy music.

weknewhimwell-artFor the future, Down’s sights are set on endless touring. Longtime “family” member, stage manager and Honky guitarist Bobby Landgraf made his formal stage debut when the band headlined vocalist Philip H. Anselmo’s first annual Housecore Horror Film Festival in front of a packed audience of the faithful in October 2013.  Now, it’s just about bringing that inimitable sound everywhere possible.

You can pre-order DOWN IV Part II EP today from iTunes for only $6.99.  Buy it today and get “We Knew Him Well” instantly!

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Down – Audio for “We Knew Him Well” (Stereogum Premiere) http://www.down-nola.com/audio-knew-well-stereogum-premiere/ http://www.down-nola.com/audio-knew-well-stereogum-premiere/#comments Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:55:32 +0000 http://www.down-nola.com/?p=2174 stereogum.com   Check out a sneak peek of DOWN’s new EP with the premiere of “We Knew Him Well”!!! Down is the New Orleans sludge-metal supergroup led by Pantera’s Phil Anselmo and Corrosion Of Conformity’s Pepper Kennan, and later this spring, they’ll release their new EP Down IV – Part Two. The first track we’ve heard Read More...

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Check out a sneak peek of DOWN’s new EP with the premiere of “We Knew Him Well”!!!

Down is the New Orleans sludge-metal supergroup led by Pantera’s Phil Anselmo and Corrosion Of Conformity’s Pepper Kennan, and later this spring, they’ll release their new EP Down IV – Part Two. The first track we’ve heard from it is a titanic, bludgeoning deep-head-nod groove called “We Knew Him Well,” and it’s gloriously messy but locked-in in the way that only New Orleans metal bands can pull off. Listen to it below.

 

 

The self-released Down IV – Part Two is out 5/13.

 

 

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DOWN’s PEPPER KEENAN Discusses ‘IV – Part Two’ EP On ‘Metal Hammer’ Radio Show (Audio) http://www.down-nola.com/downs-pepper-keenan-discusses-iv-part-two-ep-metal-hammer-radio-show-audio/ http://www.down-nola.com/downs-pepper-keenan-discusses-iv-part-two-ep-metal-hammer-radio-show-audio/#comments Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:22:46 +0000 http://www.down-nola.com/?p=2164 Blabbermouth.net During this year’s Soundwave festival in Australia, Metal Hammer editor Alexander Milas conducted an interview with DOWN guitarist Pepper Keenan for the “Metal Hammer” radio show on TeamRock Radio. You can listen to the chat using the SoundCloud player below. DOWN will release a new EP, “Down IV – Part Two”, on May 13 via Down Records/ADA Music. Tracked at Nodferatu’s Lair — iconic vocalist Philip H. Anselmo‘s home studio — and produced by Michael Thompson, Anselmo and DOWN, Read More...

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down-EP-IIDuring this year’s Soundwave festival in Australia, Metal Hammer editor Alexander Milas conducted an interview with DOWN guitarist Pepper Keenan for the “Metal Hammer” radio show on TeamRock Radio. You can listen to the chat using the SoundCloud player below.

DOWN will release a new EP, “Down IV – Part Two”, on May 13 via Down Records/ADA Music. Tracked at Nodferatu’s Lair — iconic vocalist Philip H. Anselmo‘s home studio — and produced by Michael ThompsonAnselmo and DOWN, the new EP is the eagerly anticipated sequel to “Down IV – Part One”. The new offering from DOWN is packed with the quintet’s signature gargantuan riffs, swamp blues leads, crashing drums and hypnotic howls, upholding a certain tradition that countless fans celebrate, expanding their own musical mythos as they leave its pillars intact and untouched.

In support of the upcoming record, DOWN will take their renowned live show on the road this spring, joining BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and DEVIL YOU KNOW on a North American tour. The tour, which also includes DOWN headlining shows and festival appearances, begins at Iron City in Birmingham, Alabama on May 2, and ends at Rocklahoma in Pryor, Oklahoma on May 25. The run also includes an appearance on May 24 at Emo’s in Austin at the “Rock the Heart” concert, a benefit for the late Mike Scaccia‘s (RIGOR MORTISMINISTRY“Heart Rock” foundation, with the goal of raising awareness about heart disease.

When AnselmoPepper KeenanJimmy BowerPat Bruders, and Bobby Landgraf retreated to Nodferatu’s Lair at Anselmo‘s Lousiana home in the fall of 2013, things had changed a bit. For the first time in the band’s storied career, Kirk Windstein wouldn’t be handling guitar duties alongside Keenan. Instead, longtime “family” member, stage manager, and HONKY guitarist Landgraf took the reins.

“He was immediately at home,” affirms Anselmo. “Bobby had always been that guy in case of anything. Knowing his personality, he really locked in with what we do and took it to heart. He made himself belong. Honestly, the first day he came down he contributed a very strong riff to a key song. There’s that Southern element, which is imperative. I also catch a real old heavy metal vibe from this record. I can’t stress this enough. He took it all on, and he did a fucking awesome job.”

Keenan adds, “Even with the lineup differences, it’s interesting how the songs still sound very DOWNBobby and I have always locked in. It’s not just physically either, but mentally as well. We see eye-to-eye, and he’s been watching for a long time.”

“It was a big deal for me,” beams Landgraf. “I drove ten hours up from Texas that first day, cracked a beer, and plugged in. We jumped right into the room, and I played this part. They all smiled. That was the moment for me. I’m a longtime fan, and I knew we were friends, but being a part of the writing and working towards something together was just incredible. As a guitar player, one of my goals was to be in a group like this. I want to make everyone proud.”

The fans will undoubtedly take pride in this collection as well. Making good on DOWN‘s promise of a series of EPs, the second installment sees a pronounced progression amongst the individuals themselves as well.

“We wanted to back up our word as far as releasing these EPs,” Anselmo goes on. “Everybody was fixated on that. This is the shortest period of time between our releases, and every one stepped it up and upped his game. KeenanBowerBruders and Landgraf all contributed some excellent riffs. Having all of this fresh input makes for a different listen and a new perspective on what DOWN should and does sound like. All of that yields a unique record off the bat.”

For the future, DOWN‘s sights are set on endless touring. Landgraf made his formal stage debut when the band headlined Anselmo‘s first annual Housecore Horror Film Festival in front of a packed audience of the faithful in October 2013. Now, it’s just about bringing that inimitable sound everywhere possible.

“Down IV – Part Two” track listing:

01. Steeple
02. We Knew Him Well
03. Hogshead/Dogshead
04. Conjure
05. Sufferer’s Years
06. Bacchanalia

 

 

 

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EYEHATEGOD To Release Self-Titled Album In May; New Song Available For Streaming http://www.down-nola.com/eyehategod-release-self-titled-album-may-new-song-available-streaming/ http://www.down-nola.com/eyehategod-release-self-titled-album-may-new-song-available-streaming/#comments Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:25:10 +0000 http://www.down-nola.com/?p=2166 Blabbermouth.net Legendary New Orleans gods of sludge, excess and mayhem EYEHATEGOD will release their new, self-titled album on the following dates: * May 27 in North America on Housecore Records * May 26 in Europe, Australia and New Zealand on Century Media Records * May 21 in Japan on Daymare Records A song from the CD, “Agitation! Propaganda!”, can be streamed Read More...

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eyehategodselftitled2014cd_638Legendary New Orleans gods of sludge, excess and mayhem EYEHATEGOD will release their new, self-titled album on the following dates:

* May 27 in North America on Housecore Records
* May 26 in Europe, Australia and New Zealand on Century Media Records
* May 21 in Japan on Daymare Records

A song from the CD, “Agitation! Propaganda!”, can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.

Mixed by Sanford Parker“Eyehategod” will feature the final recordings of EYEHATEGOD drummer Joey LaCaze, who passed away last August of respiratory failure. He also suffered from severe long-term asthma. He has since been replaced by Aaron Hill, who comes by way of New Orleans’ local acts MISSING MONUMENTS and MOUNTAIN OF WIZARD.

In a recent interview with NPREYEHATEGOD frontman Mike “IX” Williams stated about the band’s forthcoming CD: “We started out the recording with Billy Anderson. He recorded the drums, bass and some guitar, but that was a mess. There was a documentary crew in there filming, and it was distracting away from our time recording. Jimmy [Bower, guitar] was having a couple problems at the time too, waiting for his kid to be born, so it was a weird time to be in the studio. We ended up using just Joey‘s drum tracks from Billy. He’s awesome — I love him and there’s no hard feelings, but we just wanted to finish it somewhere else. We got Steve Berrigan to come out to where I live two hours outside of NOLA, and redid the bass and the guitars. Phil Anselmo [PANTERADOWN] gave me some ideas for the vocals, like how we did the ARSON ANTHEM record; me and him work well together.”

Asked if EYEHATEGOD ever considered giving up following Joey‘s passing, Mike said: “It was never an option as far as I’m concerned. I don’t think it was for anybody else either.

“This all happened at the end of September, when we’d just gotten back from a six-week tour of Europe. He’s had pretty bad asthma ever since I’ve known him, and in Europe he was having these weird sleep apnea things when he was sleeping. It was a breathing issue, a respiratory thing, but I don’t know; I’m not a doctor. So when we got back, that’s when he passed away, so there was a little bit of time in there when we had to think — ‘We’ve got shows booked. What do we do?’ We did have to cancel probably 50% of them, but we still just said, ‘Let’s keep going, that’s what he would want us to do.’ We’d even had conversations before, when Joey and I would talk, and he’d ask me, ‘Who would you get to replace me?’ Things like that, and just be honest with each other. He knew the band would keep going, and he wanted it to.

“To me, it’s just part of life; it’s just the way things happen, what cards you’re dealt, how life treats you.

“We don’t know how to give up. That’s been the story of our entire career, our lives, even without the band. We just don’t know when to quit. It’s just a matter of moving forward.”

 

 

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First Reaction: Down – “Down IV – Part Two” http://www.down-nola.com/first-reaction-iv-part-two-first-reaction-iv-part-two/ http://www.down-nola.com/first-reaction-iv-part-two-first-reaction-iv-part-two/#comments Mon, 10 Mar 2014 18:07:43 +0000 http://www.down-nola.com/?p=2171 by Rick Florino Down exist on a plane of their own. Remnants of Black Sabbath and Witchfinder General float through the black waters they sail, but Down IV – Part Two comes to life as a distinct, dynamic, and devilish beast. That’s the first reaction to this hulking opus from Louisiana’s finest metal outfit. The spirit of the band’s classic influences remains Read More...

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by Rick Florino

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Down exist on a plane of their own.

Remnants of Black Sabbath and Witchfinder General float through the black waters they sail, but Down IV – Part Two comes to life as a distinct, dynamic, and devilish beast. That’s the first reaction to this hulking opus from Louisiana’s finest metal outfit. The spirit of the band’s classic influences remains preserved, yet it becomes resurrected into something much more powerful than homage. Where other artists stay content with regurgitating that blueprint, Down rewrite the motherfucker and emerge as new gods in the process…

It certainly may sound funny to refer to Down as “new” given the fact that their legendary debut NOLA is nearly twenty-years-old after all. However, they’ve got their eyes opened to the future and towards the creative cosmos in a rather ponderous manner here that suggests the future holds their brightest and boldest chapter. That cognizance of the greater expanse is enough to make H.P. Lovecraft proud as well.

Down IV – Part Two builds on the group’s legacy and expands it in a rather epic fashion. “Steeple” encroaches with a calculated Jimmy Bower beat wrapped up with Philip H. Anselmo’s haunting howl and airy swirling riffs from Pepper Keenan and Bobby Landgraf. Pat Bruders exorcises a throbbing bass stomp as Anselmo proclaims, “And the steeple will fall”. The melodies only mirror that as the distorted throttling kicks back in.

After the ominous “Steeple”, “We Knew Him Well” and “Hogshead Dogshead” signal a Southern swamp death march bathed in gnashing guitar grooves and massive hooks from the singer. Stretching past the eight-minute mark into a “Hand of Down”-style bliss, “Conjure” casts one of Down’s most potent spells to date. You’ve got to just slip into its hazy hum, and you’ll get it quite instantly.

The soloing on “Sufferer’s Years” augments the intensity of the refrain, “And I hate this time of year”. However, “Baccahnalia” may be codified as Down’s finest hour to date. Nearly nine minutes and punctuated by an ethereal outro, it’s a rapturous ride through the musical excesses praising the Greek God of wine and “ritual madness”. Anselmo’s lyrics will get you thinking too, and that practice elevates the genre.

Ultimately, this is the perfect gateway into Down’s world. Once you’re there, you’re never going to want to leave either.

Rick Florino

 

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DOWN Thanks Sound Wave! NEW PHOTOS! http://www.down-nola.com/thanks-sound-wave/ http://www.down-nola.com/thanks-sound-wave/#comments Thu, 06 Mar 2014 13:51:56 +0000 http://www.down-nola.com/?p=2150 CHECK OUT MORE PHOTOS FROM THE TOUR DOWN UNDER HERE! Super big thanks to the Sound Wave folks and all the killer bands we hung with and most of all the killer friends we made. Australia you are a special place! Pep Fly on   Thanks to Alice In Chains…Mastodon…Eagles of Death Metal…Clutch…And…Living Colour… -Bobby Read More...

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CHECK OUT MORE PHOTOS FROM THE TOUR DOWN UNDER HERE!
Living Colour and Down

Living Colour and Down

Super big thanks to the Sound Wave folks and all the killer bands we hung with and most of all the killer friends we made.
Australia you are a special place!
Pep

Fly on

 

 David Catching @itookthisphoto!

David Catching @itookthisphoto!

Thanks to Alice In Chains…Mastodon…Eagles of Death Metal…Clutch…And…Living Colour…
-Bobby

Bondi Beach Sydney

Bondi Beach Sydney

Jimmy:

Thanks to Soundwave for having us!
Too many great times to mention them all but Living Colour, Alice in Chains, Walking Papers, Gwar, Mastadon, Satyricon, Clutch etc. Good times with good friends and also all the crew from Down as well as drivers, signing crew and other band crews!!

 

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David Catching @itookthisphoto!

Thanks to an awesome time with awesome people Soundwave!!!!
-Pat

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DOWN ANNOUNCES DOWN IV – PART TWO EP – DUE MAY 13, 2014 http://www.down-nola.com/announces-iv-part-two-ep-due-may-13-2014/ http://www.down-nola.com/announces-iv-part-two-ep-due-may-13-2014/#comments Thu, 27 Feb 2014 18:04:59 +0000 http://www.down-nola.com/?p=2104 TOURING THIS SPRING WITH BLACK LABEL SOCIETY Metal legends Down will release their new EP Down IV – Part Two on May 13, 2014 via Down Records/ADA-Music. Tracked at Nodferatu’s Lair – iconic vocalist Philip H. Anselmo‘s home studio – and produced by Michael Thompson, Anselmo and Down, the new EP is the eagerly anticipated sequel to Down IV – Part One. Read More...

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TOURING THIS SPRING WITH BLACK LABEL SOCIETY

DOWN IV EP II

Metal legends Down will release their new EP Down IV – Part Two on May 13, 2014 via Down Records/ADA-Music. Tracked at Nodferatu’s Lair – iconic vocalist Philip H. Anselmo‘s home studio – and produced by Michael Thompson, Anselmo and Down, the new EP is the eagerly anticipated sequel to Down IV – Part One. The new offering from Down is packed with the quintet’s signature gargantuan riffs, swamp blues leads, crashing drums and hypnotic howls, upholding a certain tradition that countless fans celebrate, expanding their own musical mythos as they leave its pillars intact and untouched.

In support of the upcoming record, Down will take their renowned live show on the road this spring, joining Black Label Society and Devil You Know on a North American tour. The tour, which also includes Down headlining shows and festival appearances, begins at Iron City in Birmingham, AL on May 2nd, and ends at Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK on May 25th. The run also includes an appearance on May 24th at Emo’s in Austin at the “Rock the Heart” concert, a benefit for the late Mike Scaccia’s (Rigor Mortis/Ministry) “Heart Rock” Foundation, with the goal of raising awareness about heart disease. Full tour dates are below, and tickets and VIP packages are now on sale here.

With a collective resume encompassing Pantera, Corrosion of Conformity, and Eyehategod, Down puffed out its first haze of sonic smoke from the belly of gritty old New Orleans on the 1995 platinum-selling classic, Nola. At that moment, they naturally summoned something akin to a ritual, continually partaking in it with critically revered offerings - Down II: A Bustle In Your Hedgerow in 2002, Down III: Over the Under in 2007, Diary of a Mad Band live CD/DVD in 2010 and Down IV – Part One in 2012. Their shows built a certain live lore with unforgettable runs alongside Metallica and Heaven & Hell as well as coveted spots on Download, Soundwave, and OZZfest. On 2014′s Down IV – Part Two, the boys once again deliver passionate, powerful, and pure heavy music.

When AnselmoPepper KeenanJimmy BowerPat Bruders, and Bobby Landgraf retreated to “Nodferatu’s Lair” at Anselmo’s Lousiana home in the fall of 2013, things had changed a bit. For the first time in the band’s storied career, Kirk Windstein wouldn’t be handling guitar duties alongside Keenan. Instead, longtime “family” member, stage manager, and Honky guitarist Landgraf took the reins.

“He was immediately at home,” affirms Anselmo. “Bobby had always been that guy in case of anything. Knowing his personality, he really locked in with what we do and took it to heart. He made himself belong. Honestly, the first day he came down he contributed a very strong riff to a key song. There’s that Southern element, which is imperative. I also catch a real old heavy metal vibe from this record. I can’t stress this enough. He took it all on, and he did a fucking awesome job.”

Keenan adds, “Even with the lineup differences, it’s interesting how the songs still sound very Down. Bobby and I have always locked in. It’s not just physically either, but mentally as well. We see eye-to-eye, and he’s been watching for a long time.”

“It was a big deal for me,” beams Landgraf. “I drove ten hours up from Texas that first day, cracked a beer, and plugged in. We jumped right into the room, and I played this part. They all smiled. That was the moment for me. I’m a longtime fan, and I knew we were friends, but being a part of the writing and working towards something together was just incredible. As a guitar player, one of my goals was to be in a group like this. I want to make everyone proud.”

The fans will undoubtedly take pride in this collection as well. Making good on Down’s promise of a series of EPs, the second installment sees a pronounced progression amongst the individuals themselves as well.

“We wanted to back up our word as far as releasing these EPs,” Anselmo goes on. “Everybody was fixated on that. This is the shortest period of time between our releases, and every one stepped it up and upped his game. Keenan, Bower, Bruders and Landgraf all contributed some excellent riffs. Having all of this fresh input makes for a different listen and a new perspective on what Down should and does sound like. All of that yields a unique record off the bat.”

For the future, Down’s sights are set on endless touring. Landgraf made his formal stage debut when the band headlined Anselmo’s first annual Housecore Horror Film Festival in front of a packed audience of the faithful in October 2013.  Now, it’s just about bringing that inimitable sound everywhere possible.

DOWN IV, EP II

DOWN IV, EP II

Down IV – Part Two tracklist

1. Steeple
2. We Knew Him Well
3.  Hogshead/Dogshead
4. Conjure
5. Sufferer’s Years
6. Bacchanalia

Down tour dates:
5/2 – Iron City – Birmingham, AL *
5/3 – The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC &
5/4 – The Fillmore – Silver Springs, MD *
5/5 – Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY *
5/7 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA *
5/8 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA *
5/9 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ *
5/10 – Best Buy Theater – New York, NY *
5/12 – Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ON &
5/13 – The Sherman Theater – Stroudsburg, PA *
5/15 – Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA *
5/16 – Rock on the Range – Columbus, OH #
5/17 – Piere’s – Fort Wayne, IN *
5/19 – The District – Sioux Falls, SD *
5/20 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL *
5/21 – Myth Live Event Center – St. Paul, MN *
5/23 – Verizon Theatre – Grand Prairie, TX *
5/24 – Emo’s – Austin, TX ^
5/25 – Rocklahoma – Pryor, OK #

* – w/ Black Label Society, Devil You Know
& – Down headline show
^ - “Rock The Heart” Concert: A benefit for the Mike Scaccia “Heart Rock” Foundation
# – Festival appearance

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