Down – Down IV Part II

Down-IV-Part-I-The-Purple-EP-coverDown 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.

Jimmy Bower from Down

Jimmy Bower1. First album you heard that made you fall in love with heavy metal.

Kiss Alive 2 man, a friend from down the road bought it and after we heard it we went back and got Destroyer and Love Gun and we used to hold concerts with light sabres and shit. I’m not kidding dude, Kiss were awesome.

2. What’s your poison these days?

Michelob Ultra man – girl beer, 98 calories and 2.6 grams of carbs 4.2 percent alcohol – not bad man. Haha I’m readin’ the bottle: 12 fluid ounces.

3. Weirdest fan encounter or request?

I dunno man – so many. You stumped me on that one.

4. Grossest touring habit of anyone you’ve toured with?

Masturbation, man, and that’s a fact.

5. If a kid asks you what’s heavy metal which album do you hand them?

Martin Scorsese’s recordings of Son House. Dude, listen to that shit for real.