Pre-Order the upcoming release, Down IV: Part I - The Purple EP by Down and receive a limited* autographed CD Booklet with purchase!
Metal forerunners Down will release Down IV: Part I - The Purple EP, their first body of new material in five years, on September 18, 2012 via Down Records/Independent Label Group. Rolling Stone made the exclusive announcement this week with the world premiere of first single "Witchtripper," calling it a "typically aggressive Anselmo vocal against a twisting, grinding musical backdrop."
The six song EP is the first in a series of four EP's planned for release over the next year. Down, which includes Philip Anselmo (Pantera) on vocals, Pepper Keenan (C.O.C.) on lead guitars, Kirk Windstein (Crowbar) on guitar, Jimmy Bowery (Eye Hate God) on drums, and Pat Brudners (Crowbar), the newest addition to the line-up, on bass, will kick off a string of tour dates on release day, beginning in Fort Worth, TX, and ending October 2nd in Charlotte, NC.
Self-produced and recorded at Nodfertu's Lair, located at Anselmo's New Orleans home, Down IV: Part I - The Purple EP is undeniably the product of the iconic collective that is Down, whose members origins span from Pantera, Corrosion of Conformity, Crowbar, and Eyehategod.
Staggering riffs, thunderous drums, and Anselmo's inimitable delivery crush and captivate over the course of the collection's six songs. It's dark. It's dangerous. It's decisive. It's Down at their best.
"I do believe that we have delivered a record that will be accepted and hopefully enjoyed by the Down horde - if you will," says Anselmo. "If you're looking for a Down record, it's very pure and real."
Lyrically, the EP goes beyond just personal experiences, and explores themes that include the faith of mankind, the imperfection of mankind and cultural belief systems. "Down gives me the platform to be poetic and paint imagery with lyrics," says Anselmo. "That's the approach I took. They complement the music and create an ominous feeling. Ultimately, when people consume the words, it's always their interpretation that matters. I could be image-conscious though when I wrote. It's not so gut level or street. The darker shit is some of my favorite."
With an album sales history totaling over 725,000, these New Orleans natives are no strangers to success. Their legendary 1995 debut, Nola is certified platinum, while Down II: A Bustle In Your Hedgerow  and Down III  remain fan and critical successes. Count on The Purple EP to garner similar achievements!
Down's U.S. Tour Dates:
09/18 Ridglea Theater Fort Worth, TX
09/19 Cain's Ballroom Tulsa, OK
09/21 Pops Nightclub Sauget, IL
09/22 House of Blues Chicago, IL
09/23 The Crofoot Pontiac, MI
09/25 House of Blues Boston, MA
09/26 The Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
09/28 Best Buy Theater New York, NY
09/29 Starland Ballroom Sayreville, NJ
09/30 The Fillmore Silver Springs, MD
10/02 Tremont Music Hall Charlotte, NC
*Offer valid only with purchase of Down IV: Part I - The Purple EP. This special offer is valid for both domestic and international orders. Pre-ordered CDs shipping with promotional materials are limited to (5) per customer. Autographed CD booklets will be available while supplies last, newburycomics.com will post information when autographed booklets are sold out.