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Below is our complete Down news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
Unless you happen to be one of those smart or lucky folks who has nothing to do with Facebook, you've no doubt seen your friends and family throw down over whether or not people should keep displaying the Confederate flag in America.
The controversy erupted when Dylann Roof was arrested for gunning down nine African Americans in a church and photos surfaced of him waving the flag.
That controversy has now hit the music world, with Ted Nugent and conservative rocker Kid Rock teaming up to write a pro-Confederacy song titled "Kiss My Rebel Ass."
It seems even metal isn't immune to the debate, as in an interview with Hard Rock Haven, Philip Anselmo (Down, Superjoint Ritual, Pantera) was asked about the flag appearing on album covers. Excerpts from the chat follow.
HRH: Well I’ve got a question for you that might be an awkward one, but the cover of "Use Once and Destroy" and a lot of Pantera’s merchandise has the Confederate flag on it. What’s your take on all this business…the backlash against the flag? More...
Read the full article at Hard Rock Haven.
Topping off what is already an insanely diverse and incendiary lineup for the weekend of GWAR B-Q 2015 in Richmond, VA, today GWAR announces even more bands that will ram heavy metal and punk rock so far up your ass you'll shit molten lead the rest of your life!
Bat, the side project of Ryan Waste from Municipal Waste, and hardcore legend Felix Griffin of DRI, will be performing at the GWAR B-Q on Saturday August 15th as part of a small string of ultra rare live appearances the band is making in late summer.
Also adding to the powerhouse metal onslaught at Hadad's Lake this year are horror inspired death metal peddlers Troglodyte, Kentucky based Stonecutters, and Richmond's own Gritter. The full lineup is as follows:
GWAR (Your Lords and Masters)
The Descendants (California Punk Rock Giants)
Clutch (Crushing Grooves and Pure Rock and Roll Fury)
Down (Phil Anselmo. PERIOD.)
Goatwhore (Blackened Death Metal from NOLA)
Cro-Mags (NYHC Legends)
mc chris (A rapper playing the GWAR B-Q?)
Ghoul (Blood Splattering Thrash)
The Dickies (The Clown Princes of Punk)
Cancer Bats (Canada's Sweethearts)
American Sharks (Who are heading to RVA from their recent beach feeding frenzy)
Valkyrie (Featuring Pete Adams of Baroness)
Mutoid Man (A super group featuring Steve Brodsky of Cave In and Ben Koller of Converge)
Dead Earth Politics (This band beat The Sword 3 times running as Austin's Best Metal Band)
Ringworm (Which is something JiZMak thought he caught from Big Foot)
Child Bite (Which is also something that happened to JiZMak visiting Housecore Records)
Gritter (Rhymes with Shitter)
RPG (Richmond Hard Rock Legends)
Bat (Yet another super group)
Stonecutters (Kentucky Fried Metal)
Troglodyte (Innovators of Neandercore) More...
Down is streaming a new live clip performing "Hogshead/Dogshead" live at Southport Hall in New Orleans. The video was shot on location by Mike Holderbeast and the Cement Level Crew.
Check it out now below.
Coal Chamber & Down will both return to Michigan to headline the Dirt Fest 2015 on August 7th - 8th.
Down will make Dirt Fest 2015 the band's exclusive Michigan performance of 2015, joined by Pop Evil, Kottonmouth Kings, & more on Saturday August 8th. Down will close the night performing new and classic cuts spanning its 20+ year career.
For the first time since its history, Dirt Fest 2015 has expanded its event to 2 full days of music performances with Coal Chamber headlining Friday, August 7th along with Mushroomhead, Fear Factory, King 810, & more. More...
Down's video for the song "Conjure" can be seen below. The haunting and twisted ode to '70s horror films was directed by JM Stelly and Chris Trainor at Lab Productions. "Conjure" is taken from the band's latest EP "Down IV - Part Two".
States Philip Anselmo about "Conjure": "'Conjure' is basically the old adage of be careful of what elements are hovering around you at all times, and be careful what you want out of life and what you bring into your life, because a lot of times it might seem crystal clear and the right thing, whatever that thing may be, but in reality it's a trap waiting to happen or to be sprung. So it's basically, 'be careful what you wish for,' something like that."
Down's video for the song "We Knew Him Well" can be seen below. The clip was filmed at Southport Hall in New Orleans, Louisiana by Mike Holderbeast and the Cement Level crew.
States Philip Anselmo about "We Knew Him Well": "I kinda like people to think for themselves and come up with their own conclusions, because a lot of times I'll have a couple of specifics in mind and then somebody will come along and say to me what their thoughts are on a certain songs is about. And I find it really interesting, because it's something that I haven't even considered before in my life and it makes sense to me the way they explain it. So, "We Knew Him Well" is about several different people, not just in my life, but the lives of my bands, family life, anybody that is, I guess, very very close to you. That's one I wrote for them."
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As the Metal Grasshopper series draws to a dramatic and monumental close, the final episode finds Philip H. Anselmo and delusional manchild Dave Hill mending their often tumultuous relationship before Hill is released back into the wild.
Check out the sixth and final segment in the series below. If you missed it, be sure to watch Part 5 over at this location.
The organizers of the Brutal Assault festival have released footage of Down performing at this year's edition of the fest back in August. Check out the 14 minute clip below, and if you can't get enough Phil Anselmo, be sure to check out the hilarious Metal Grasshopper video series.
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"Metal Grasshopper" continues with episode 5 "Vulgar Display of Feelings," in which metal god Philip H. Anselmo agrees to undergo group counseling with delusional manchild Dave Hill in an effort to get the goat that also happens to be his grandmother back safe and sound.
There's not a dry seat in the house as Dr. Joe Randazzo helps Philip and Dave get in touch with their feelings. Watch this one with the whole family probably. If you missed it, be sure to catch part 4 at this location.
Following a mammothly successful tour through Europe alongside Saint Vitus, U.K. stoner metal outfit Orange Goblin will bring heavy grooves Stateside next month for a two-week bout of live takeovers supporting Down.
Slated to embark December 1st in San Antonio, the trek will run through fifteen cities, coming to a close on December 21st in Houston. Additional support will come from Bl'ast and King Parrot.
Orange Goblin will be touring in support of the road-raging "Back From The Abyss" full-length, released last month via Candlelight Records. Dates are as follows:
12/01/2014 Aztec Theater - San Antonio, TX
12/03/2014 House of Blues - Las Vegas, NV
12/05/2014 Riverside Municipal Auditorium - Riverside, CA
12/06/2014 Wiltern Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
12/07/2014 Ace of Spades - Sacramento, CA
12/08/2014 The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
12/10/2014 Showbox at the Market - Seattle, WA
12/11/2014 Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC
12/13/2014 Union Hall - Edmonton, AB
12/14/2014 Flames Central - Calgary, AB
12/15/2014 Knitting Factory - Spokane, WA
12/17/2014 Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO
12/19/2014 Diamond Ballroom - Oklahoma City, OK
12/20/2014 Gas Monkey Live - Dallas, TX
12/21/2014 Warehouse Live - Houston, TX More...
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In Metal Grasshopper: Episode 4, metal overlord Philip H. Anselmo allows delusional man-child, Dave Hill loose on an unsuspecting public where he meets an actual woman.
Anselmo also schools Hill on stage banter, corpse paint, and other important topics. Later Anselmo and Hill get in a huge argument from which they may never recover! Hill requests group counseling. There is also breakfast cereal.
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In Metal Grasshopper Episode 3, Philip H. Anselmo puts delusional manchild Dave Hill to the test with a round of heavy metal flash cards.
Later, Anselmo makes Hill sit in a closet for a seriously long time while he makes an awesome salad. Hill also rents a goat, discusses the metal worth of butterflies and more... In short, this one pretty much has everything. Check out part 3 below, thanks to Metal Injection.
Metal Grasshopper is a new web series in which comedian/NPR darling Dave Hill travels to the wilds of Louisiana to get schooled in the ways of heavy metal by legendary frontman Philip H. Anselmo (Down, Pantera, Superjoint Ritual, Philip H. Anselmo And The Illegals, et al). You can still also see Part 1 and Part 2 online. More...
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In Metal Grasshopper episode 2, metal icon Philip H. Anselmo schools young grasshopper Dave Hill on headbanging, heavy metal vocals, and the most extreme of all breakfast cereals. Oh, and Hill takes a phone message for Anselmo from King Diamond, which is awesome.
Metal Grasshopper is a new web series in which comedian/NPR darling Dave Hill travels to the wilds of Louisiana to get schooled in the ways of heavy metal by legendary frontman Philip H. Anselmo (Down, Pantera, Superjoint Ritual, Philip H. Anselmo And The Illegals, et al). More...
In the seventh and final episode of the "NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou" documentary, Down frontman Philip H. Anselmo opens up his home for a crawfish boil with the Noisey crew.
Meanwhile despite tragedy and significant loss, the natives of New Orleans will not waiver in their fight to write the best riff, and song, in the history of their city. Check out the final clip in the series below, courtesy of Noisey.Vice.com.
"Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou" is a seven-part series examining the people and the culture that helped foster bands like Down, Eyehategod, Crowbar, Acid Bath, Goatwhore and so many others. More...
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Beginning today and threatening to melt your computer every Tuesday through November 11th comes Metal Grasshopper, a new web series in which comedian Dave Hill travels to the wilds of Louisiana to get schooled in the ways of heavy metal by legendary frontman Philip H. Anselmo (Down, Pantera, Superjoint Ritual, Philip H. Anselmo And The Illegals, et al).
Dave begs Phil to mold him into "the baddest metal motherfucker of all time." Phil begrudgingly relents and the abuse and absurdity reach epic levels.
If you like stuff with corpse paint, burning pentagrams, medieval weaponry, irritable goats rented by the hour, couples counseling, delicious smoothie recipes, and real live chickens, you will love Metal Grasshopper, because it has all that stuff and then a bunch of other awesome stuff on top of that too.
Over the course of the series' five episodes, Anselmo educates Hill on everything from headbanging to crowd work to even the most extreme of all breakfast cereals. The journey begins today: check out part 1 below, thanks to Metal Injection. More...
In the sixth episode of the "NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou" documentary, Noisey joins Down guitarist Pepper Keenan.
Despite tragedy surrounding the band and its native city in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Down rose again to new heights with a new LP and subsequent tour. Check out this latest episode below.
"Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou" is a seven-part series examining the people and the culture that helped foster bands like Down, Eyehategod, Crowbar, Acid Bath, Goatwhore and so many others.
Launched on September 23rd, the series features in-depth appearances from the likes of Philip H. Anselmo (Housecore Records, Down, ex-Pantera), Mike IX Williams (Eyehategod), Jimmy Bower (Eyehategod, Down, Superjoint Ritual et al), Kirk Windstein (Crowbar, ex-Down), and Sammy Duet (Goatwhore, ex-Acid Bath), discussing the bands, catastrophe, drugs, suicide, murder, and records that helped shape the New Orleans sound known the world over. More...
In the fifth episode of "NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou," Noisey.Vice.com joins Down guitarist Pepper Keenan at his bar in New Orleans.
The Big Easy native and Graveyard Rodeo member discusses leaving his hometown for Corrosion Of Conformity, which would become one of the most sought after bands of the '90s by mixing southern-influences with classic heavy metal.
"Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou" is a seven-part documentary examining the people and the culture that helped foster bands like Down, Eyehategod, Crowbar, Acid Bath, Goatwhore and so many others.
Launched on September 23rd, the series features appearances from the likes of Philip H. Anselmo (Housecore Records, Down, ex-Pantera), Mike IX Williams (Eyehategod), Jimmy Bower (Eyehategod, Down, Superjoint Ritual et al), Kirk Windstein (Crowbar, ex-Down), and Sammy Duet (Goatwhore, ex-Acid Bath), discussing the bands, Hurricane Katrina, drugs, suicide, murder, and records that helped shape the New Orleans sound known the world over. More...
In an ongoing journey through The Big Easy, today Noisey delivers the fourth segment of the seven-part "NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou" documentary.
The series explores the people and culture that helped spawn bands like Down, Eyehategod, Crowbar, Acid Bath, and so many others.
Tday Noisey talks with Goatwhore's Sammy Duet and Crowbar's Kirk Windstein. From the shrimp boats to zydeco to the cocaine tray, Duet and Windstein discuss influences from the Crescent City from childhood until now.
Acid Bath breaks into the New Orleans scene with a maniacal DIY work ethic, but Sammy's discovery of Darkthrone leads to an entirely different path. Check out this latest episode below. More...
The second of seven episodes of "NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou" is now online and can be seen below, courtesy of Noisey.Vice.com.
The series examines the people and the culture that helped spawn bands like Down, Eyehategod, Crowbar, Acid Bath and so many others.
In part two, Mike IX Williams discusses finding kindred spirits in Jimmy Bower and Joey LaCaze and creating a band, "that's like Sabbath, but a punk band," with EyeHateGod. Enduring hardships like drugs and Hurricane Katrina, EyeHateGod persevered into 2013, only to have tragedy strike yet again.
Today Noisey, the music arm of Vice, is proud to present episode 1 of "NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou."
A seven-part series examining the people and the culture that helped foster bands like Down, Eyehategod, Crowbar, and so many others, episode 1 features New Orleans native Phil Anselmo who exports his style to Dallas band Pantera, thereby changing the landscape for metal in the '90s.
Meanwhile, a visit from the Melvins to the New Orleans area would alter music as we know it, while Kirk Windstein of the band Shell Shock was discovering that slower was, for him, indeed heavier. More...