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.