APESHIT’s Top Metal Albums of 2012

As another great year for heavy music comes to a close, APESHIT takes a look back at our favorite pieces of music of 2012. This year had some great comebacks in CRYPTOPSY and STRIFE. There were also some nice surprises in the new sheer quality of the new SIX FEET UNDER and brutality of the new SOULFLY.

We want to thank all our readers, friends in the industry, and all the amazing artists, big and small, that we get a chance to work with for a great 10th year of existence. As the music industry as a whole continues to take an economic hit, let us all remember: If you like a band or one of their releases, support it!

Here’s hoping for a great 2013!

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DOWN to Release First of Four EP’s on September 18, 2012

DOWN will release Down IV Part I – The Purple EP,  their first body of new material in five years, on September 18, 2012 via Down Records/Independent Label Group.  New song, “Witchtripper,” can be streamed at Rollingstone.com.

The six song EP is the first in a series of four EP’s planned for release over the next year. DOWN will kick off a string of tour dates on release day, beginning in Fort Worth, TX, and ending October 2 in Charlotte, NC.

“I do believe that we have delivered a record that will be accepted and hopefully enjoyed by the DOWN horde – if you will,” says Phil Anselmo. “If you’re looking for a DOWN record, it’s very pure and real.”

DOWN gives me the platform to be poetic and paint imagery with lyrics,” says Anselmo. “That’s the approach I took. They complement the music and create an ominous feeling. Ultimately, when people consume the words, it’s always their interpretation that matters. I could be image-conscious though when I wrote. It’s not so gut level or street. The darker shit is some of my favorite.”

With an album sales history totaling over 725k, these New Orleans natives are no strangers to success. Their legendary 1995 debut Nola is certified platinum, while Down II: A Bustle In Your Hedgerow (2002) and Down III (2007) remain fan and critical successes.

DOWN September 2011 Tour to Include IN SOLITUDE & PONYKILLER

Super group DOWN will be heading out this September for an almost month long run of dates with Sweden’s IN SOLITUDE (read our review of their latest album here) as well as PONYKILLER, which are signed to singer Phil Anselmo‘s Housecore Records.

Tour dates:
Tour w/ IN SOLITUDE, Ponykiller
09/01 San Antonio, TX Backstage Live
09/02 Fort Worth, TX The Rail Club
09/03 Fort Worth, TX The Rail Club
09/05 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theatre
09/06 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
09/07 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
09/09 San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom
09/10 Anaheim, CA City National Grove of Anaheim
09/11 Scottsdale, AZ Venue of Scottsdale
09/14 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
09/15 Des Moines, IA The People’s Court
09/16 Libertyville, IL Austin’s Fuel Room
09/17 Sauget, IL Pop’s
09/19 Louisville, KY Expo Five
09/20 Grand Rapids, MI The Orbit Room
09/21 Flint, MI The Machine Shop
09/23 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
09/24 Mobile, AL Soult Kitchen – AL

MELVINS, WEEDEATER, VOIVOD, DANAVA, EVIL ARMY to Support DOWN on North American Tour

Support acts for DOWN‘s upcoming North American tour have been confirmed.  North Carolina’s WEEDEATER have been confirmed, and Canadian dates will feature support from VOIVOD while the bulk of U.S. dates will feature support from the MELVINS. Other openers will be DANAVA for the first half and EVIL ARMY for the latter half.

Also, WEEDEATER will be playing several shows in North Carolina and Tennessee before the DOWN tour begins and after the tour concludes. Several off-tour shows will also take place. Full list of dates are as follows (WEEDEATER are on all dates listed below):

7/28/2009 Drips’ – Hickory, NC
7/29/2009 Rocket Club – Asheville NC
7/30/2009 The Muse – Nashville TN w/ ZOROASTER
7/31/2009 Hi Tone Cafe – Memphis TN w/ RWAKE, THE LEWD, ROYAL THUNDER
8/01/2009 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City OK w/ DOWN, DANAVA
8/03/2009 Beaumont Club – Kansas City MO w/ DOWN, DANAVA
8/04/2009 The Venue at Playmaker’s – Fargo ND w/ DOWN, DANAVA
8/05/2009 Burton Cummings Theatre – Winnipeg MB w/ DOWN, VOIVOD, DANAVA
8/07/2009 Edmonton Events Centre – Edmonton MB w/ DOWN, VOIVOD, DANAVA
8/08/2009 MacEwan Hall – Calgary AB w/ DOWN, VOIVOD, DANAVA
8/10/2009 Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver BC w/ DOWN, VOIVOD, DANAVA
8/11/2009 Showbox SoDo – Seattle WA w/ DOWN, MELVINS, DANAVA
8/12/2009 Roseland Theater – Portland OR w/ DOWN, MELVINS, DANAVA
8/14/2009 Grand Ballroom – San Francisco CA w/ DOWN, MELVINS, DANAVA
8/15/2009 The Wiltern – Los Angeles CA w/ DOWN, MELVINS, DANAVA
8/16/2009 House of Blues – San Diego CA w/ DOWN, MELVINS, DANAVA
8/18/2009 House of Blues – Anaheim CA w/ DOWN, MELVINS, DANAVA
8/19/2009 House of Blues – Las Vegas CA w/ DOWN, MELVINS, DANAVA
8/21/2009 In The Venue – Salt Lake City UT w/ DOWN, MELVINS, DANAVA
8/22/2009 Gothic Theatre – Denver CO w/ DOWN, MELVINS, DANAVA
8/24/2009 Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
8/28/2009 Red 7 – Austin, TX w/ DIXIE WITCH
8/29/2009 Rock Bottom Tattoo Bar – San Antonio, TX w/ DIXIE WITCH
8/30/2009 Walters On Washington – Houston, TX w/ DIXIE WITCH
9/01/2009 CW Center Stage – Atlanta GA w/ DOWN, MELVINS, EVIL ARMY
9/02/2009 House of Blues – Lake Bueno Vista FL w/ DOWN, MELVINS, EVIL ARMY
9/03/2009 Brass Mug -Tampa, FL
9/06/2009 Volume 11 Tavern – Raleigh, NC
9/07/2009 The Half Shell – Virginia Beach, VA
9/08/2009 Sonar – Baltimore MD w/ DOWN, MELVINS, EVIL ARMY
9/09/2009 Northern Lights – Clifton Park NY w/ DOWN, MELVINS, EVIL ARMY
9/11/2009 Nokia Theatre Times Square – New York NY w/ DOWN, MELVINS, EVIL ARMY
9/12/2009 Electric Factory – Philadelphia PA w/ DOWN, EVIL ARMY
9/13/2009 House of Blues – Boston MA w/ DOWN, MELVINS, EVIL ARMY
9/14/2009 AS220 – Providence, RI
9/15/2009 Webster Theater – Hartford CT w/ DOWN, MELVINS, EVIL ARMY
9/16/2009 Main Street Armory – Rochester NY w/ DOWN, MELVINS, EVIL ARMY
9/18/2009 Koolhaus – Toronto ON w/ DOWN, VOIVOD, EVIL ARMY
9/19/2009 Emerald Theatre – Detroit MI w/ DOWN, MELVINS, EVIL ARMY
9/21/2009 The Vogue Theatre – Indianapolis IN w/ DOWN, MELVINS, EVIL ARMY
9/22/2009 House of Blues – Cleveland OH w/ DOWN, MELVINS, EVIL ARMY
9/24/2009 Sokol Auditorium – Omaha NE w/ DOWN, MELVINS, EVIL ARMY
9/25/2009 Pop’s – Sauget IL w/ DOWN, MELVINS, EVIL ARMY
9/26/2009 The Pearl Room – Mokena IL w/ DOWN, MELVINS, EVIL ARMY
9/28/2009 Jackpot – Lawrence, KS
9/29/2009 The Gypsy – Fayetteville, AR
10/02/2009 The Jinx – Savannah, GA
10/03/2009 Soapbox – Wilmington, NC w/ ASG

DOWN: North American Tour Dates Announced

DOWN, who are spending the first half of their summer performing at European music festivals, will be bringing their act back to North America in August. Here are the dates:

Sat Aug 1, 2009 Diamond Ballroom Oklahoma City, OK
Mon Aug 3, 2009 Beaumont Club Kansas City, MO
Tue Aug 4, 2009 The Venue at Playmakers Fargo, ND
Wed Aug 5, 2009 Burton Cummings Theatre Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Fri Aug 7, 2009 Edmonton Events Centre Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Sat Aug 8, 2009 Macewan Hall Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Mon Aug 10, 2009 Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Tue Aug 11, 2009 Showbox SoDo Seattle, WA
Wed Aug 12, 2009 Roseland Theater Portland, OR
Fri Aug 14, 2009 The Grand Ballroom San Francisco, CA
Sat Aug 15, 2009 Wiltern Theater Los Angeles, CA
Sun Aug 16, 2009 House of Blues – San Diego San Diego, CA
Tue Aug 18, 2009 House of Blues – Anaheim Anaheim, CA
Wed Aug 19, 2009 House of Blues – Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
Fri Aug 21, 2009 In The Venue Salt Lake City, Utah
Sat Aug 22, 2009 Gothic Theatre Denver, CO
Tue Sep 1, 2009 CW Center Stage Atlanta, GA
Wed Sep 2, 2009 House of Blues – Orlando Lake Buena Vista, FL
Fri Sep 4, 2009 House of Blues – North Myrtle Beach North Myrtle Beach, SC
Sat Sep 5, 2009 The Fillmore Charlotte Charlotte, NC
Sun Sep 6, 2009 The Valarium Knoxville, TN
Tue Sep 8, 2009 Sonar Baltimore Baltimore, MD
Wed Sep 9, 2009 Northern Lights Clifton Park, NY
Fri Sep 11, 2009 Nokia Theatre Times Square New York, NY
Sat Sep 12, 2009 The Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
Sun Sep 13, 2009 House of Blues – Boston Boston, MA
Tue Sep 15, 2009 The Webster Theater Hartford, CT
Wed Sep 16, 2009 Main Street Armory Rochester, NY
Fri Sep 18, 2009 Koolhaus Toronto, ONT
Sat Sep 19, 2009 Emerald Theatre Detroit, MI
Mon Sep 21, 2009 The Vogue Theatre Indianapolis, IN
Tue Sep 22, 2009 House of Blues – Cleveland Cleveland, OH
Thu Sep 24, 2009 Sokol Auditorium Omaha, NE
Fri Sep 25, 2009 Pop’s Sauget, IL
Sat Sep 26, 2009 The Pearl Room Mokena, IL

The band, featuring members of PANTERA, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, CROWBAR, and EYEHATEGOD, will be touring in support of their most recent album, Down III: Over the Under. Read our review here: http://www.apeshit.org/reviews/down-over-the-under/

Visit www.down-nola.com and www.myspace.com/downnola for all the latest band info and tour dates.

JARBOE – Mahakali

Legendary vocalist/avant garde rock pioneer Jarboe brings her ethereal voice and vision to her latest album, Mahakali. It takes only a few seconds for the album to take your take hold of your spirit and mind as Jarboe‘s hypnotic siren call glide through opening track, “Mahakali, of Terrifying Countenance.” Atmospheric, emotional, and powerful, the band quickly traverses much terrain shifting from the brooding, the dark, the desolate, and the sobering. There are just enough layers of instrumentation and musical darkness to set the mood without overloading the listener. Particularly, there is plenty of tasty percussion work to be found.

There are plenty of guest appearances from Attila Csihar (MAYHEM), Colin Marston (DYSRHYTHMIA, BEHOLD…THE ARCTOPUS), Josh Graham (NEUROSIS, A STORM OF LIGHT), and Phil Anselmo (DOWN). “The Soul Continues” is an absolutely fantastic track combining the black and sinister, low-end vocals of Attila Csihar with absolutely haunting vocal lines by Jarboe. The song is a great juxtaposition of different vocals stylings coming together to create a very powerful single expression. If there was ever a song that perfectly captured the sounds of a nightmare, “A Sea of Blood and Hollow Screaming…” would be it. The sheer power of the song is undeniable. Phil Anselmo‘s lead vocal contribution on the melancholic, acoustic song, “Overthrown,” is a great showcase of his creativity and ability to bear his soul in pure honesty.

Before you realize it, the album is over and the silence really resonates within your mind after being taken on such a trip. Mahakali is perfect for those seeking something more and something that is true and powerful. Many rewards await the listener. (The End Records)

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APESHIT’s Top Metal Albums of 2007

It’s been a grossly successful 2007 for APESHIT, and though we find it hard pressed to make that same general claim for metal in 2007, a handful of albums did manage to leave a strong impression on us. We here at APESHIT individually compiled our own top 10 metal albums of 2007 lists for a new “blog” category that we look forward to experimenting with in 2008. Let us know what you think and post your own top 10 metal albums of 2007 in the comments section below. Cheers!

dr.park’s top 10

1. MANES - How the World Came to an End

This album really just came out of nowhere and turned out to be one of the best albums in recent years. The album is so deep in its scope, ambition, and execution and is a winner in every facet. Ideally, this should be an underground/indie hit. [Read our full review]

2. ULVER - Shadows of the Sun

It’s sounds tired to say but ULVER have done it yet again. Shadows of the Sun is another creative gem. The strong melancholic, subdued atmospheres make for some of the best mood music you can find. [Read our full review]

3. TURBONEGRO - Retox

Retox is far better and more solid than their recent efforts. Finally, fans have been given an album that comes as close to their zenith, Apocalypse Dudes, as the band can get. Retox is also prime party music. [Read our full review]

4. MAYHEM - Ordo Ad Chao

Just when you thought Norwegian black metal had grown too safe, accessible, and popular, MAYHEM makes an essential album that crushes all. Ordo Ad Chao is a powerful statement of true Norwegian black metal the way it used to be: pure, dark, raw, and evil. [Read our full review]

5. SHINING - V: Halmstad

SHINING are one of the best underground Swedish death/black bands that many underground fans have yet to hear. Great riffs, flow, balance and strong vocal presence from band leader and raging maniac, Niclas Kvarforth. V: Halmstad is some of the best (Swedish) metal not coming from Gothenburg. [Read our full review]

6. DIR EN GREYThe Marrow of a Bone

Though most of their U.S. fans are teenage girls with Japanese pop culture fever, don’t let that subtract and detract from this quality album. The Marrow of a Bone is ugly, dark, and has the right balance of hooks and brutality that has allowed it to be another worldwide hit for the band. [Read our full review]

7. WATAIN - Sworn to the Dark

To steal a thought from shady rajah: This is the album that DISSECTION should’ve written as their final album. WATAIN keep the flame of classic Swedish black/death metal burning with no peers in sight. [Read our full review]

8. PRIMORDIAL - To the Nameless Dead

Ireland’s premier metal band, PRIMORDIAL, have written yet another excellent album of folk/black metal that is so much grander, powerful, and spirited than so much else out there. [Read our full review]

9. MELECHESH - Emissaries

If you haven’t heard this band or this album, you are missing out on a lot. There’s nothing like MELECHESH‘s Mesopotamian metal and Emissaries is easily their best album. NILE is good and all but MELECHESH are better at conjuring the ancient rhythms, spirits, and mythology of the gods. [Read our full review]

10. PARADISE LOSTIn Requiem

It’s always a great thing when underground legends can continue to make high quality music so deep into their careers. In Requiem is not your flavor of the month underground metal but who cares…it’s timeless stuff. [Read our full review]

shady rajah’s top 10

1. WATAIN - Sworn to the Dark

As the only worthy successor to the departed DISSECTION, WATAIN has carved their own bloody path to black metal glory. Sworn to the Dark is an album filled seething aggression and evil atmosphere that is complex in details, but undeniable in song craft. WAITAIN are a band that’s made black metal dangerous again. [Read our full review]

2. DOWNIII: Over the Under

DOWN‘s third album couldn’t have had a more fitting title, as the band overcame a mountain of adversity. Over the Under successfully captures all the pain, sweat and struggle with all the heat and density of an Louisiana swamp, resulting in 2007′s most heartfelt, honest and real album. [Read our full review]

3. EXODUSThe Atrocity Exhibition Exhibit A

A recent thrash metal trend has surfaced ushering hordes imitators still trying capture that classic 80′s sound. EXODUS isn’t it making it any easier for these wannabes as The Atrocity Exhibition drove shards of razor sharp thrash in to the jugular of pretenders everywhere. Nearly thirty years later, these Bay-area bruisers just seem to keep getting heavier, and are keeping true thrash alive and killing. [Read our full review]

4. SHININGV: Halmstad

Niklas Kvarforth has kept the flame of darkness and hatred burning for a decade now, with each album becoming increasingly more complex and intricate while retaining the feeling dread and despair that has existed since the band’s beginning. V: Halmstad is the band’s masterwork, engulfing the listener in darkness. Suicide has never sounded better. [Read our full review]

5. MIDDIANAge Eternal

Formed from the ashes of YOB, MIDDIAN was the vision that continued Mike Scheidt‘s path of doom metal mastery, laying the foundation for the future of sludge. Age Eternal brought the power of slow and the strength of the riff. Unfortunately the band was dropped and forced to change their name, but in their brief moment time, MIDDIAN created a small piece of doom metal history. [Read our full review]

6. DIMMU BORGIRIn Sorte Diaboli

Norway’s premier black metal(ish) super group, DIMMU BORGIR delivered yet another powerful entry in their already considerable catalog, with a driving guitar heavy album that was catchy as it was complex. Having Hellhammer on board didn’t hurt either, as Jan Axel carved layer of intricate drum patterns to enhance the band’s already ambitious anti-Christian concept album. A successful anti-Christian concept album…how awesome is that? [Read our full review]

7. ABORTEDSlaughter and Apparatus: A Methodical Overture

Sven De Caluwe may have lost all his original members, but nothing detered the growling machine. He simply assembled a new death squad and delivered another precise, surgical slaughter of bludgeoning death metal. Relentless and furious yet containing some of the catchiest songs about mutilation written in recent memory, Slaughter and Apparatus continues the band’s excellent carnage. [Read our full review]

8. MACHINE HEADThe Blackening

After dabbling in bland nu-metal for a spell, MACHINE HEAD came roaring back with their return to form, Through Ashes of Empires. But that was just the warm up. The Blackening is the main course, with the band firing on all levels, encompassing MACHINE HEAD‘s most challenging work to date. The Blackening serves as both a defining moment in the band’s history as well as one of 2007′s finest albums. [Read our full review]

9. IMMOLATIONShadows in the Light

These death metal veterans helped shape and form death metal in it’s earliest stages, but the Yonker’s natives still show they have plenty of tricks up their sleeve. IMMOLATION deliver an intricate maze of riffs, complex drum patterns, and heapings of sinister atmosphere…not to mention an ample amount of guitar shredding. Their legacy of death continues to grow. [Read our full review]

10. SOILWORKSworn to a Great Divide

Despite losing a pivotal member with the departure of Peter Wichers, the band nonetheless stepped up to the plate, dove in to their considerable arsenal of hooks, and soldiered on with one of the year’s catchiest records. Balancing song craft and drummer Dirk Verbeuren‘s well thought out drum patterns, Sworn to a Great Divide is full of hooks that stick in your head. [Read our full review]

roycifer’s top 10

1. HIM - Venus Doom

These Finns have always been top-notch songwriters, and they succeed again while under the delicious influence of doom. Ville Valo‘s singing and songwriting don’t miss a step, and the band sound at home with the heavier vibe. “Sleepwalking Past Hope” is a magnificent epic of “November Rain” proportions.

2. MAYHEM - Ordo Ad Chao

With Ordo Ad Chao, MAYHEM made black metal sound exciting and totally fucking evil again! The album trembles with such unnerving, nihilistic ferocity not heard since the inception of black metal. Hellhammer‘s best performance. [Read our full review]

3. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGEEra Vulgaris

Josh Homme is a music making beast with such a distinct style and vision. Everything he touches, turns into gold. Their best album since Rated R. [Read our full review]

4. SCARVE - The Undercurrent

Guitar music hasn’t been this exciting since SOILWORK emerged onto the scene. But SCARVE are not merely a guitar band. Drummer Dirk Verburen really helps shapes the band’s sound and provides a necessary dynamic with his drumming. [Read our full review]

5. CHIMAIRA - Resurrection

This was the album that should have followed The Impossibility of Reason. CHIMAIRA have always had a lot of potential and are continuing to show their steady growth as musicians and songwriters. Move over LAMB OF GOD, CHIMAIRA are the true heir to PANTERA‘s throne. [Read our full review]

6. SHINING - V: Halmstad

V: Halmstad is uniquely black metal in that it draws a lot of influence from rock and classical music but is pieced together in a very progressive manner. The excellent songwriting is topped by the tortured vocals of Niclas Kvarforth. Suicide never sounded so damn inviting. [Read our full review]

7. MANES - How the World Came to an End

How the World Came to an End is an eclectic album for the ages that spans rock, electronic, and hip-hop while still feeling every bit metal. ULVER, eat your heart out. [Read our full review]

8. AMORPHIS - Silent Waters

Silent waters was where the band was treading about for a few releases. But their latest album is solid collection of timeless listening. Singer Tomi Joutsen has breathed new life into a group of vets making waves once again. [Read our full review]

9. MARDUK - Rom 5:12

Black metal’s ever-black sons of Swedish blackness keep getting better (and blacker) with age. New singer Mortuus‘ is ferocious and has a voice all his own. To quote dr.park, “it sounds like he’s gurgling blood.” Rom 5:12 also marks a newfound reach to diversify and expand their style…and those risks certainly pay off. [Read our full review]

10. ION DISSONANCEMinus the Herd

While the bees were busy buzzing about JOB FOR A COWBOY, ION DISSONANCE were having a ho down of their own. Minus the Herd tops JOB FOR A COWBOY‘s Genesis on technicality, dynamics, and lasting interestingness. [Read our full review]

DOWN Announce 2008 North American Tour Dates

DOWN have announced another slew of North American tour dates for the upcoming new year. “An Evening with DOWN” is set to kick off January 18th in Mobile, Alabama. Each show will begin with an intro video followed by a full two hour set by the band. Tour dates are as follows:

01/18/08 Mobile, AL @ Soul Kitchen
01/19/08 Birmingham, AL @ Workplay Theater
01/20/08 Lafayette, LA @ Grant St. Dance Hall
01/23/08 Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
01/25/08 Springfield, MO @ Remington’s
01/26/08 Champaign, IL @ Canopy Club
01/27/08 Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
01/29/08 Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
01/30/08 Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
02/02/08 Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
02/04/08 Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
02/05/08 Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
02/07/08 Long Island, NY @ Mulcahy’s
02/08/08 Providence, RI @ Lupo’s
02/09/08 Sayerville, NJ @ Starland
02/11/08 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
02/12/08 New Haven @ Toad’s Place
02/14/08 Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
02/15/08 Richmond, VA @ Toad’s Place
02/16/08 Knoxville, TN @ Valarium
02/18/08 Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
02/19/08 Nasheville, TN @ The Cannery
02/21/08 New Orleans, LA @ Southport Music Hall

DOWN – Over the Under

The release of a new DOWN album has always been regarded as more of an event in the world of metal, as opposed to just another new release, and the band’s latest, Over the Under, is no exception. Deep in the grief of five years of personal tragedy and frustration, the NOLA crew somehow managed to triumph over these obstacles, bringing forth the band’s most complete, mature offering to date. Although Over the Under isn’t as immediate as the band’s debut, the album packs plenty of punch with “Three Suns and One Star,” “Pillamyd,” and “N.O.D.” leading the charge, in the metal department. “Never Try,” “Beneath the Tides,” and “In the Thrall of it All” on the other hand counter with some of the band’s most bluesy material yet, with Phil Anselmo effectively delivering some of the most soulful singing of his career. The guitar tandem of Pepper Keenan and the criminally underrated Kirk Weinstein have come into their own, balancing Southern rock and blues with layers of thick Louisiana sludge with the second nature of veterans who have done it all. The rhythm section of Rex Brown and Jimmy Bower is another hidden weapon as the duo grooves like no tomorrow, anchoring the band under the surface with minimal flash but with ample feeling. It’s this collective chemistry that separates DOWN and Over the Under from the rest of the thrown together assembly-line, cookie-cutter drivel that labels and bands seem to content to disperse these days. Over the Under is a strong album from a reinvigorated band that flows powerfully from beginning to end, delivering this year’s most inspiring and deserving comeback. (Down Records/ILG/WMG)

DOWN to Release First Album in Five Years on Sept. 25th

DOWN, consisting of Philip Anselmo, Rex Brown, Pepper Keenan, Kirk Windstein and Jimmy Bower are set to release Down III – Over the Under on Sept. 25th through ILG/Warner Music Group. After releasing two records mainly as a side project, the band got together in the months before Hurricane Katrina to start working on new material. After the tragedy of the Hurricane in which the members were displaced and separated for many months, the band reconvened. It was obvious at the onset that this was no longer a side project. With everyone having honored their previous commitments with other bands, the New Orleans natives were focused on DOWN and DOWN alone, having found new life and a new bond through the common tragedies they all endured separately and collectively culminating in their most definitive record of their career.

In the summer of 2006, the band embarked on a six week European headline tour with no opening band, no product, and strictly by word of mouth, proceeded to sell out all 21 shows. Inspired by the response, the band reconnected in New Orleans to begin work on their most ambitious record to date. Having already tapped Warren Riker, who produced DOWN‘s 2nd release, Down II-A Bustle in Your Hedgerow, the band demoed some 18 songs in Nodferatu’s Lair, Philip Anselmo‘s studio in the swamps of Folsom, LA, with engineer David “Puma’ Troia. In February of 2007, the band commenced recording on their 3rd and most committed record to date. Recorded in Los Angeles between February and July, with a Canadian tour with BLACK SABBATH thrown in just for good measure, 15 songs were ultimately cut for Over the Under. The result is over 60 minutes of genre-defying music further solidifying their place at the forefront of heavy rock as only DOWN can do.

To chronicle the past five years leading up to the release of Down III – Over the Under, Philip Anselmo will be placing periodic installments to be released over the course of the next month on the band’s websites leading up to the release of the record. This is Philip‘s personal communication to the band’s loyal fan base and gives a 1st hand account the tragedy, isolation, rebirth and ultimate triumph of one of the most important band’s of our time. The 1st installment appears on August 17th on www.down-nola.com and www.myspace.com/downnola

Down III – Over the Under
Full Track Listing:
1. “3 Suns And 1 Star”
2. “The Path”
3. “N.O.D”
4. “I Scream”
5. “On March The Saints”
6. “Never Try”
7. “Mourn”
8. “Beneath The Tides”
9. “His Majesty The Desert”
10. “Pillamyd”
11. “In The Thrall Of It All”
12. “Nothing In Return (Walk Away)”