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Down

Formed: 1992
From: New Orleans, LA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Down News

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.

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Gene Hoglan Joins Down On Stage, Footage Available

Legendary heavy metal drummer Gene "The Atomic Clock" Hoglan joined Down on stage this past Saturday in Denmark at the Copenhell Metal Festival 2013 while on tour with Testament in Europe.

During a performance of 'Bury Me In Smoke," Hoglan stepped behind the kit to help Phil Anselmo and the rest of Down bring the set to a close.

Drum cam footage of the performance can be seen in the player below.

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Roadrunner Records Offering Free Sampler

Roadrunner Records is currently offering a 10 track digital sampler album as a free download. You can get the tracks over at Amazon.co.uk here. The track listing is:

1. Absolute Zero Stone Sour
2. Black Tongue Mastodon
3. Bruane Brenn Kvelertak
4. Witchtripper Down
5. Live It Up Airbourne
6. Anastasia Slash
7. White Trash Millionaire Black Stone Cherry
8. In Due Time Killswitch Engage
9. Ghost Walking Lamb Of God
10. Chaos Lives In Everything (feat. Skrillex) Korn More...

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Entire Down Set From Charlotte, NC Posted Online

Down's set from the Tremont Music Hall in Charlotte, North Carolina on Tuesday October 2nd, 2012 has been posted online in full. You can watch the entire set here, which will cycle over a playlist of each song from the band's live set. You can read site member brandedcfh420's review of the show over in the forum.

The Charlotte stop wrapped up Down's North American leg of the tour, and the band kicks off their European tour tonight with Warbeast in Manchester. Here are the upcoming dates:

WARBEAST w/ DOWN European Tour Dates:
10/19 - Manchester, UK @ 02 Academy
10/20 - Birmingham, UK @ HMV Institute
10/21 - London, UK @ Roundhouse
10/23 - Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix Hall
10/24 - Paris, France @ Bataclan
10/25 - Holland, Amsterdam @ Melkweg
10/27 - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg @ Den Atelier
10/28 - Zurich, Switzerland @ Komplex
10/29 - Milan, Italy @ Magazzini Generali
10/31 - Dortmund, Germany @ FZW / Freizeitzentrum West

WARBEAST headline dates in Germany:
11/1 - Cologne, Germany @ Underground
11/2 – Saabrücken, Germany @ Garage
11/4 - Berlin, Germany @ Cassiopeia
11/5 - Frankfurt, Germany @ Nachtleben
11/7 – München Germany @ Backstage
11/8 - Vienna, Germany @ Arena

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Maryland Deathfest 2013 Complete Lineup Announced

The final batch of bands for 2013's edition of the Maryland Deathfest XI has been confirmed, with the exception of one more band that expected for the Soundstage lineup in the next week or so. Here are the latest bands confirmed:

DOWN
(the) MELVINS
THE OBSESSED
ASCENSION (Germany) - Exclusive US appearance!
UFOMAMMUT (Italy)
COBALT
DEIPHAGO (Philippines/Costa Rica)
EVOKEN
NECROPSY

The full lineup for Maryland Deathfest XI, which takes place May 23-26, 2013 is as follows: More...

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Warbeast Issues Road Report

Warbeast just wrapped up a string of U.S. tour dates with Down, and is now on a break before heading over to Europe, also alongside Down, on the 19th. The band has now issued the following road report:

"Warbeast has been on the road home since about 1am. Looking like we will be home around 6:30. Once again we want to thank DOWN for this tremendous opportunity to tour with them. We appreciate it so much Philip H. Anselmo, Kirk Windstein, Pepper Keenan, Jimmy Bower and Patrick Bruders Also thanks to Kate Richardson, Scott Earnhart, Chad Piriano, Carter Withey, Mike Thompson, Eightball and Darrin Jones for being such a great crew and making us feel welcome.

"Also thanks to our brothers and label mates in haarp! Plus Big Okie Doom, Mount.Carmel, Pentagram, Saint Vitus and Child Bite for also sharing the stage with us on some of the shows during this tour.

"Easily the BEST and most successful tour for Warbeast so far. Got to play in front of some very large and receptive crowds. We sold tons of merch too. It was obvious we gained some new fans too.

"Some typical comments after our set at shows: 'I've never heard of you guys before tour, but you've got a new fan now.' 'Your album and YouTube videos don't do you justice, you are so much more intense live.' 'Thanks for bringing back true old school thrash metal.' 'You guys are the best band out of D/FW since Pantera.' 'The new songs ruled!' 'When you guys come back here I will be there.' Needless to say, hearing that shit is very cool for all of us. More...

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Down Releases New Official Video

Down has released the official video for the track "Witchtripper," which is from the new six song album "Down IV Part 1 - The Purple EP." Check out that video below. "The Purple EP" is the first in a series of four EPs that Down plans to release a year apart, with the next EP coinciding with the band's 2013 tour. The last two EPs should see releases later next year.

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Warbeast Gearing Up For Tour With Down

Housecore Records thrashers Warbeast are set to head out on tour with Down next week. The band will join the U.S. tour on September 18th in its hometown of Fort Worth, TX and will travel with Down and label mates haarp, along with a few shows with special guests Pentagram and Saint Vitus and othersm until October 2nd in Charlotte, NC.

The band is also pleased to announce upcoming European tour dates with Down. The group will then continue the tour in November with several stops in Germany. Down vocalist Philip Anselmo had some words to add about bringing Warbeast on the road.

“I am extremely pleased we (Down) are bringing the band Warbeast with us to Europe. They are what I'd call 'pure' thrash metal, in a classic Dallas/Ft. Worth style,” states Anselmo. “These guys are tailor made for our brothers and sisters across the pond, and I expect them to fucking kick some almighty ass, and gain a shitload of new fans.”

“This has been a goal for each one of us from our earliest bands and from the inception Warbeast,” states Warbeast vocalist Bruce Corbitt. “Here in the USA, many of us are envious of the European metal scene. So going on a European Tour with our bro's in DOWN is even better than a dream-come-true for us. It honestly feels unreal and surreal that this is actually going to happen. Special thanks to our label Houscecore Records for believing in us in the first place!” More...

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Haarp Announces Tour Dates With Down

New Orleans metallers haarp will embark on an eight-date journey next month supporting Down. Set to commence on September 21st in Saint Louis, Missouri, the band will bring sonic wreckage through the Midwest and down the East Coast, coming to a close on September 29th in Sayreville, New Jersey. See confirmed dates below.

haarp will be touring in support of the soon-to-be-unleashed "Husks" full-length (reviewed here). Set for release on September 18th, 2012 through Housecore Records, the follow-up to 2010’s "The Filth" was recorded at the University of New Orleans Performing Arts Center, Fountainbleau Room 7011, and Nodferatu’s Lair by Philip H. Anselmo, engineered by Steve Berrigan, and Nathan Weidenhaft and mastered at Visceral Sounds by Scott Hull.

For pre-order info, point your browser to this location. The upcoming haarp tour dates are:

9/21/2012 Pop's Nightclub - Saint Louis, Mo
9/22/2012 House of Blues Chicago - Chicago, IL
9/23/2012 The Crofoot - Pontiac, MI
9/25/2012 House of Blues Boston - Boston, MA
9/26/2012 Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA
9/27/2012 Mojo Main - Newark, DE
9/28/2012 Best Buy Theater - New York, NY
9/29/2012 Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ

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Warbeast To Support Down

The Housecore Records thrashers in Warbeast are pleased to announce that they will be supporting Down on an upcoming U.S. tour. The band will join on September 18th in hometown Fort Worth, TX and will travel with Down and a rotating line-up of haarp, Pentagram, and others until October 2nd in Charlotte, NC. See below for all current tour dates.

“This is a huge opportunity for Warbeast. Not only are we thrilled to unleash our sound on Down’s enormous fanbase night after night, but we also get to witness Down performing some of their incredible new material live several times in a row,” states vocalist Bruce Corbitt. “We are seriously honored to be able to tour with a band that we are all fans of and actually friends with too. I have no doubts that this will be an unforgettable tour for those that are lucky enough to see it.”

Warbeast released most recent album, "Krush the Enemy," in 2010. Upcoming tour dates are as follows:

9/18 – Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater (W/ Big Okie Doom)
9/19 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom (W/ Big Okie Doom)
9/21 – Sauget, IL @ Pops Nightclub (W/ haarp)
9/22 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues (W/ haarp)
9/23 – Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot (W/ haarp)
9/25 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues (W/ haarp)
9/26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory (W/ haarp, Pentagram)
9/28 – New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater (W/ haarp, St. Vitus)
9/29 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom (W/ haarp)
9/30 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore (W/ Mount Carmel and Pentagram)
10/2 – Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall (W/ Mount Carmel)

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Pentagram Reveals September Tour Dates

Influential doom legends Pentagram will be playing a few select dates in the U.S. in September. To kick off the month, Pentagram will be headlining the Power of the Riff 2012 in Brooklyn, NY with support from Agnostic Front and many others.

The full lineup, as well as tickets can be found at this location. On September 26th and 30th, fans can also catch Pentagram supporting Down for two shows.

Sundance Selects / 9.14 Pictures, in conjunction with MPI Home Video, will release the award-winning documentary, "Last Days Here" on DVD format in the U.S. and Canada on July 31st. "Last Days Here" is based on the life and struggles of vocalist / founder Bobby Liebling and metal pioneers Pentagram. The film most recently won the Jury Award for "Best Documentary" at the Calgary Underground Film Festival. More...

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Saint Vitus Live Video From Scion Rock Fest 2012

Video footage of Saint Vitus performing "Let Them Fall" at Scion Rock Fest 2012 at the Ritz Ybor in Tampa, FL has been posted online by Scion A/V. Check out the full song below:

You can watch the entire series of Scion Rock Fest 2012 videos below, including more performance clips, sound checks, behind the scenes interviews and more with bands like Down, Decapitated, Suffocation, The Atlas Moth, All Pigs Must Die and many more: More...

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haarp To Support Down On Tour

New Orleans act haarp, purveyor of dynamically slow heavy metal from the south, is pleased to announce upcoming direct support tour dates with legendary New Orleans heavy metal band Down. The tour will take the bands around the southeast U.S. and kicks off on May 18th in Boussard, LA. See below for a full listing of dates.

haarp also won the Big Easy Music Awards this past Monday, April 23rd. The Big Easy Music Awards celebrate excellence in local music in the artistically enriched New Orleans area. haarp won the category for best hard rock/heavy metal act of 2011. Check out a full list of winners here. More...

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Black Tusk Announces Shows With Down

Savannah, Georgia road warriors Black Tusk have confirmed that they will be joining Down and Haarp on a string of shows this May. The dates kick off May 18th in Broussard, Louisiana and are scheduled to wrap up on May 25th in Memphis, TN.

Black Tusk is currently on tour in support of the new album "Set the Dial." This run features headlining tour dates which will feature support from East of the Wall. Black Tusk's entire set from the show last week at The Viper Room in Los Angeles, CA is available for streaming here.

Following North American dates, Black Tusk will be heading over to Europe providing direct support to label mates Red Fang. The tour will kick off April 5th in Segrate, Italy and wraps up on May 5th in Essen, Germany. More...

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Down Reveals New EP Tracklisting

New Orleans supergroup Down has revealed the tracklisting (in not particular order) for the forthcoming, as-yet untitled EP, which presently has no release date. Speaking about the songs and the EP, lead vocalist Phil Anselmo (formerly of Pantera and Superjoint Ritual) stated:

"Interesting. Before I say anything, I will say this. On this — and in the past — I write to basically give an outline and let the listener garner for themselves how they want to apply their own rules and regulations to the track. For me, I find one of the biggest realities of life is that no two men, no two cultures, no two belief systems are really the same. There's a lot lyrically where I'm kind of at odds with mankind's relationship with mankind. . . I guess it's more simple to say than ever doing it, such is history, but these days instead of ruffling feathers, I much prefer… put it this way, I'd rather have friends than enemies, any day.

"It's easy to make an enemy. It's easy to be negative. It's very easy to slip into that, but it's very tough to come with love. All you have to do is open up a newspaper and you can see for yourself, man. Right here in my own city, people are killed every day. Me, as a person, there's no way I could sleep at night if I'd done any of those things. It makes me wonder: what the fuck are those people thinking? There is this thug worship that has led a lot of promising youngsters down a terrible path, a sometimes-irreverisble path. You take somebody's life, as an adult, you're 16 years old and you're fucked. I guess when I sat down to write this record, that's where my head was at."

The tracklisting is as follows:

Levitation
Witchtripper
The Misfortune Teller
The Curse Is A Lie
Open Coffins
This Work Is Timeless

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Down Frontman Offers Condolences To Gwar

Phil Anselmo, the vocalist of New Orleans based supergroup Down and former singer of Pantera and Superjoint Ritual, has posted a video message online in which he offers his condolences to Gwar, after the recent death of their guitarist Cory Smoot, who passed away in his bunk on November 3rd. You can check out the video below. A memorial service for Smoot will take place tomorrow at the Bennett Funeral Home Chesterfield Chapel, located at 14301 Ashbrook Parkway in Chesterfield, VA. The service begins at 4pm and is open to the public. More...

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Jimmy Bower Comments on New EHG & Down

Metal Underground.com caught up with Jimmy Bower backstage at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011. The Eyehategod guitarist and Down drummer updated us on his two bands' upcoming albums and tours.

"Yeah, we’re almost done," answers Bower on the topic of the new Eyehategod album. "We’ve pretty much have gotten it written. We’re just trying to practice it and get it tight. We’re hoping for the first of the year (for release). Basically, we just have to record it. Brian [Patton] lives in Maryland, now, so that makes it a little tougher. Mike [Williams] lives across the lake."

Bower addresses new song titles, "We played one song tonight, 'New Orleans is the New Vietnam.' There is a (new) song called 'Medicine Noose,"

Bower will join Down on tour and will see the release of the group's new EP in 2011. Bower elaborates, "We just finished our first EP out of four. That should be out in February or March." Bower did not attach any profound concepts to releasing four EPs: "It’s just an idea that we had."

The forthcoming Eyehategod album follows the group's 2004 EP "99 Miles of Bad Roads." The Fun Fun Fest performance was part of a mini-tour through New Orleans and Texas. The upcoming Down EP follows the group's 2007 full-length effort, "III-Over the Under."

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Down Announces U.S. Shows With In Solitude

Down has officially announced a September jam with the fans in the cities the band missed during the spring 2011 tour. Swedish occult metallers In Solitude (Metal Blade) and southern psychedelic prog-rockers Ponykiller (Housecore) will be joining Down.

Dates are as follows:

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

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Down To Release Four EPs

New Orleans based metal supergroup Down will be releasing four EPs in the future according to guitarist Kirk Windstein. In a recent interview at the Hellfest festival in France, Windstein stated:

"We’re going to do four EPs, and they’ll all be different. We have many elements to our sound, so each one will have its own characteristics. Like, for example, this one we’re writing right now and are about to start recording will be really hard, with heavy Down stuff. Then we’ll have a mellow one, then a doom one - you know, slower and doomy stuff. A little bit of everything."

As to why the band chose to release four EPs instead of a full album, Kirk explains: "The record industry sucks so bad. Nobody buys anything. We’re trying to do something different, making it cheaper to buy. People want stuff for free! So six songs, its cheaper to buy. Same thing for downloading: it will be cheaper to download. Nobody wants to go to the record store and buy stuff anymore. So we're just trying to mix it up and do something different. It will be released on physical EP and digitally as well."

Read the full article at RadioMetal.com.

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Rex Brown Leaves Down

A new audio interview between former Down bassist Rex Brown and 8CountNews has made its way online in which Brown announces his departure from Down. You can check out the interview in the player below.

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Down Video Interview Posted Online

A new video interview has surfaced online featuring Kirk Windstein (guitar) and Jimmy Bower (drums) of American act Down. You can check out the interview, conducted by the Lowdown during the band's appearance at the 2011 Download Festival, in the player below.

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