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5.0 out of 5 stars Down - Down IV Part 1 - The Purple EP, 27 Sep 2012
This review is from: Down Iv Part I - The Purple Ep (Audio CD)
Down IV Part I - The Purple EP is a six track, 33.18 minute release by the American Doom/Sludge/Stoner Rock supergroup Down from September 2012. It is the first in a series of EPs that collectively form a complete body of work known as Down IV but which each stand up as individual releases and which are all sequenced to show one particular element of the band's overall sound.

If you are unfamiliar; Down's line-up features Pantera's Phil Anselmo on vocals, Corrosion Of Conformity's Pepper Keenan on guitar, Eyehategod's Jimmy Bower on the drums (who has also played with Pepper and Phil in C.O.C and Superjoint Ritual respectively), Crowbar's Kirk Windstein on guitar and now Crowbar's Pat Brudders on bass, replacing Pantera's Rex Brown who in turn had previously replaced Crowbar's Todd Strange.

Generally, if you like any of the individual bands from which the band members previously come then there is a good (though not 100% guaranteed) chance that Down will suit your tastes, and they are definitely a band worth listening to for any fans on the Doomy, Stonery end of the Metal spectrum.

Stylistically, The Purple EP concentrates on the heavier, doomier and most Sabbath-influenced aspects of the band's sound, ignoring the softer acoustic moments or bluesier leanings that intermittently appeared throughout their previous three studio albums. This is both the EP's greatest strength and weakness, as it delivers one complete set of matching tracks in a cohesive and uninterrupted whole, but could equally be accused of being samey or lacking variety if you weren't feeling particularly generous. There is nothing as fun as `Stained Glass Cross' or as evocative as `Jail' for example, but that shouldn't really be a problem when everything that is there is great in its own obvious way.

Choosing highlights from a half-hour EP of similarly themed material is difficult although I would say that it was probably a good idea for the band to market the album using both `Witchtripper' and `Misfortune Teller' as they are definitely the most catchy and instant tracks on the EP. This is not to say however that the rest of the release is anything less than what a fan could want from Down in terms of quality. Every member puts in a good performance, the production job is charmingly raw and the whole thing just feels like pure-Down.

Overall; as long as you already like Down, and aren't necessarily looking for a myriad of different styles and approaches then Down IV Part 1 - The Purple EP is everything you could ask for and you should probably check it out.
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Initial post: 29 Sep 2012 08:20:37 BDT
Good review.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Sep 2012 11:21:46 BDT
Lol, cheers I guess. To be honest I couldn't really be bothered with it after I'd read your review, that was comprehensive and there didn't seem much point in adding to it (unless it turned out I hated the EP or something) since everything worth saying had already been said. I wouldn't have written one at all if I hadn't been asked to by some people I know.

But its definitely nice to get some positive feedback off of people with similar tastes. Cheers man.

Posted on 4 Dec 2012 18:20:29 GMT
G. Young says:
A great review; I really enjoy reading your stuff; amongst the best on Amazon and I do not say that lightly! It's a great ep, Witchtripper is classic metal - a satanic ritual, who could ask for more? Phil Anselmo is a gifted writer, evocative and original.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Dec 2012 16:27:35 GMT
Wow. Thanks very much for the kind words.
If you want, check out my Blog. http://kingcrimsonprog.wordpress.com/music-reviews/

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Dec 2012 18:20:10 GMT
G. Young says:
My pleasure; will have a look. Keep writing.
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