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5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Metal Supergroup Doesn't Disappoint, 1 April 2003
This review is from: Nola (Audio CD)
The supergroup has always seemed something to be cautious of. When a group of musicians from a group of leading bands comes together, you're always going to expect something a little special, and they're often seen as not living up to expectations. Up until I heard Down, I have heard 2 supergroups. One was magnificent, the other not so. Mad Season, made of Layne Staley (Alice In Chains), Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees), and an unknown John Baker-Saunders, did not disappoint in the least with 'Above'. The now infamous, Audioslave were unfortunatly predictable with Rage Against The Machine musical qualities, and Cornell's soaring voice, and was incredibly disappointing.So with mixed emotions I enter the heavy, heavy world of Down...and the initial signs are very good. The rollicking, ear shattering, 'Temptation's Wings' is an essential selection for anyone who likes anything vaguely Pantera or Corrosion Of Conformity, or anyone who just likes heavy metal. And as it turns out so does the majority of the album. It's difficult to resist an album that has Phil Anselmo's soaring voice, and Corrosion's Pepper on guitar. It is indeed a lethal combination. 'Lifer', 'Pillars Of Eternity', 'Rehab', 'Hail The Leaf' (which features vocal effects that don't overpower the actual song itself) and 'Underneath Everything', all keep up the charging, superb heavy rock formulawithout slipping once, and sound consistently great throughout these tracks. At this point, you're realising that this is the album 'The Great Southern Trendkill' should have been. Then almost unexpectedly, it goes melodic and slows down for a while, with the gorgeous 'Jail', 'Stone The Crow' and the minute long 'Pray For The Locust', and for music like this the word gorgeous is not often heard, but it's meant in nothing but a good way. You can tell just by listening to these songs that this is a band, who are willing to slow down rather than pace you through an album and say goodnight...you also hear a band clearly enjoying themselves and making some of the best music of their illustrious careers. The pure rocker in between those three slower classics, 'Losing All', is also one of the best tracks on this album. And the last remaining track is yet more gloriful hard rock with superb riffs and solos and screaming vocals, 'Swan Song' and 'Bury Me In Smoke'. Overall, this is a rare album that is so consistently good that it shouldn't exist, by rights. Not only is this a superb rock album for fans of Pantera, COC, and the other bands of their caliber, it's also a good starting point for anyone wanting to get into music like this. And there isn't a track that had me reaching for the next track button. This is an essential part for any heavy metal collection. It's as important as Pantera's ''Vulgar Display Of Power'', or ''Cowboys From Hell'', as important as ''Dirt'' by Alice In Chains, and as important as just about any Metallica album.The word underrated springs to mind. One of the most unheard supergroups around, also happens to be one of the best. That fact is just as ironic, as the fact that this album is also like the band itself, astounding.5 stars.
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Initial post: 1 Nov 2008 12:35:25 GMT
Koala says:
"The now infamous, Audioslave were unfortunatly predictable"

Unforunately predictable and predictably unfortunate ;)
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