Down have under gone changes of late. There was the loss of former Pantera bass player Rex Brown before Part I of the E.P and then, before Part II was written, the immense Kirk Windstein announced he was leaving to concentrate on his own band, Crowbar. Those changes would have killed lesser bands.
However, Down bounced back. With Patrick Bruders on bass and Bobby Landgraf on guitar they have discovered that the earlier groove that made the band so vibrant and addictive, while retaining the dirty, sleazy sludginess, has always been their signature.
Opener ‘Steeple’ reminds you that Black Sabbath are responsible for inspiring what you’re about to hear, while ‘We Knew Him Well’ is classic Down and ‘Conjure’ is a beautifully textured eight minute journey through a Lovecraftian world filled with smoke.
This is the best thing that Down have released since A Bustle In Your Hedgerow, in my humble opinion.