- Audio CD (12 May 2014)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: EP
- Label: ROADRUNNER UK
- ASIN: B00J0H0ZC2
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,632 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Down IV - Part 2 EP
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Making good on their promise of a series of EPs, mighty New Orleans based sludgesters, DOWN will release the latest instalment, Down IV - Part Two through Roadrunner Records.
Tracked at the infamous 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 awaited sequel to 'Down IV - Part One' (dubbed 'The Purple EP').On the new EP, once more the band deliver passionate, powerful heavy music, laced with their signature gargantuan riffs and swamp blues leads. When DOWN retreated to Nodferatu's Lair studio in the fall of 2013, things had changed somewhat. For the first time in the band's storied career, Kirk Windstein wouldn't be handling guitar duties alongside fellow axeman, Pepper Keenan. Instead, longtime 'family' member, stage manager and Honky guitarist Bobby Landgraf had joined the ranks, alongside Keenan, Anselmo, drummer Jimmy Bower and bassist Pat Bruders.
"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 an awesome job.""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."
Now, it's just about bringing that inimitable sound everywhere possible.
Top Customer Reviews
This was the band’s first official release without longtime member Kirk Weinstein of Crowbar fame, who is replaced here by Bobby Landgraf. Ironically, this EP is probably closer in sound to Crowbar than to Pantera, Eyehategod or Corrosion Of Conformity (the other groups besides Crowbar that the band are usually associated with).
First up, for an EP, this is actually pretty substantial, a total running time of almost 37 minutes leaves it longer than many albums anyway.
The focus of songwriting this time around seems to focus on the heavier, mid-paced side of the band’s repertoire. I don’t think the distinction between EPs 1 & 2 is all that strict, as in, its not a clear cut case of one has all the fast songs, one has all the slow songs, or one has all the basic songs and the other has all the progressive songs. This EP is essentially more of the Down mid-ground. Its not the most “instant” release in their catalogue, and may take a few spins to really get to grips with, but if you give it the time it asks for, you’ll get the rewards it promises.
Highlights include the brief “Hogshead/Dogshead,” and “Sufferer’s Years,” which is particularly catchy with its “I hate this time of year” sing-along, and the fat ‘60s/’70s sounding riffs in the pre-chorus. It is a nice mixture of the bands Doom, Sludge & Stoner sides, approaching vintage Hard Rock in 2014 from multiple angles.Read more ›
Opening track 'Steeple' roars into life, with an unusual Phil Anselmo growl, a heavy and drawn out down tuned chord based intro before shifting up through the gears to a fast paced Thrash / Old School Heavy Metal riff frenzy.
Single 'We Knew Him Well' confirms that they can still write awesome riffs without Kirk and the down tuned, blues based second riff carries the song well, my personal favourite.
'Conjure' is about as close to Black Sabbath as you get without actually being Messrs Osborne, Iommi, Ward and Butler and you would swear you'd have heard the verse before.
'Bacchanalia' is a near 9 minutes long epic, but could almost be classed as two different parts, as there is a long drawn acoustic outro, that follows the bulk of the song performed on electric guitar.
The half-moon on the side of the album covering suggests that the band at least still intends to fulfil its promise of 4 EP's, so hopefully, there is at least another 2 Down EP's on the way, and if they maintain the standards set by Parts 1 and 2 we're in for a real treat.
A cracking EP that, while not as good as Part 1, is nevertheless a very addition to the Down catalogue, if you love down tuned, Black Sabbath-esque riffs, you'll love this.
The song ‘Steeple’ which kicks off this EP starts off like it is going to be a slow grinder before stepping up a gear and blasting all in its path like some crazy hyper Godzilla, the song veers between powerful slow rhythms and blistering leads. ‘We knew Him Well...’ Has a refrain that recalls ‘Battalion of Zero’s’ from Anselmo’s own ‘Walk Through Exits Only’ album. ‘Cunjure’ is perhaps a bit too obvious in its aping of Black Sabbath but is still an excellent slow burner of a song.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If it wasnt for the presence of phil anselmo then i would be giving this album 5 stars. The music itself is pretty awesome. Read morePublished 13 months ago by The lone voice of reason
Not as easy to get in to as previous recordings, but still quality.Published 17 months ago by Jamie Robertson
Bought as a present for my son. He loves Down lV Part 1 and this is as good if not better.Published 18 months ago by H. C. Davison