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March 18, 2014
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.
For 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.