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

ARSON ANTHEM to Release First Full-Length, Insecurity Notoriety, on October 12th

Phil Anselmo‘s ARSON ANTHEM will be releasing Insecurity Notoriety, their first full-length album, on October 12th through Housecore Records. Anselmo commented on the release…

“I’m not sure what it is… but when Hank III, Colin, Mike and I get into ARSON mode, time stops. We know the mission is to write unforgiving hardcore inspired by a slew of ’80′s bands… but the result is its own animal, yet not too terrible removed from the genuine article. With that said, Insecurity Notoriety is like listening to an old favorite blast from the skanking past… vicious, snotty, grating and anthemic! I know it’s typical to call a modern-day hardcore band ‘fresh’ or ‘different’, especially when it’s your band, but… it is! This effort makes our first EP sound like child’s play, as it should. Play it over and over! Piss everyone off!”

The hardcore punkers, rounded out by Hank Williams III (SUPERJOINT RITUAL, ASSJACK), Mike IX Williams (OUTLAW ORDER, EYEHATEGOD), and Colin Yeo (PONYKILLER), put out a ripping self-titled debut EP back in February of 2008.

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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ARSON ANTHEM – Arson Anthem

Formed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina from jam sessions between Phil Anselmo and EYEHATEGOD‘s Mike Williams, ARSON ANTHEM‘s debut EP unleashes eight blistering tracks of muddy, DISCHARGE meets NEGATIVE APPROACH hardcore punk. Fans lamenting the demise of SUPER JOINT RITUAL will find much to like in ARSON ANTHEM as the band delivers quick, no-nonsense punk with urgent, spastic delivery. Although far more stripped down than SJR (and less-metal influenced), the band could almost be looked at as a reimagined version of SJR with some role reversal. Anselmo concentrates solely on guitar this time around, passing on the vocal duties to Mike Williams. Hank Williams III switches from bass to drums as he and newcomer Colin Yeo display a stripped down, bare bones approach to the proceedings. But if there’s any star to this show, it’s Mike Williams whose abrasive, anguished vocals fuel the rage of the band with fury and disgust. At barely longer than ten minutes, ARSON ANTHEM‘s debut is short and to the point, wearing their influences proudly on their sleeves with no apologies. If there’s any complaint to be had, it’s that the songs tend to blend in to one another with little distinction, and since the EP flies by at such a rapid pace, the lack of hooks makes it difficult for the listener to grasp on to anything substantial. Nonetheless, the band’s conviction and delivery make up for these shortcomings. And since this Louisiana crew doesn’t over stay their welcome, eleven minutes is plenty of time to get their pissed-off point across. (Housecore Records)

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)