DOWN, Orange Goblin & Warbeast
"As good Southern boy Jimmy Bower salutes the denizens of the north with a drumstick crucifix, you can't help but feel that this is nothing short of a religious experience - even the DOWN logo backdrop resembles a stained-glass window when their devotional colours of purple and green shine upon it. So when NOLA's legendary crank into "Eyes of the South" to the adulation of the congregation, it's a show tht only the final judgement could compare to. Phil Anselmo is a road-hardened preacher with a voice like tombstones grinding together as he leads us through dark hymns like "Lifer" and "Stone the Crow", backed by muggy riffs that transport us to the mysterious byways and swamps of the Big Easy. Such is the devotion on display that a punter just holds his comatose mate up instead of calling an ambulance. DOWN are the rocks upon which Souther doom is built, and tonight was a sermon to the riff that no other band could hope to match. A-fucking-men!"