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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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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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Forty Three More Bands Confirmed For Download

The organisers of Britain's largest hard rock and heavy metal festival, Download, has confirmed a further forty three names for this year's event, including such big names as Children of Bodom and Biohazard. The festival will be held at the legendary Donington Castle in Leicestershire from June 10th-12th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Alice Cooper
All That Remains
Alter Bridge
Anti-Flag
Asking Alexandria
Avenged Sevenfold
Baptized In Blood
Bellligerence
Biohazard
Black Stone Cherry
Black Veil Brides
Blitz Kids
Bosshoss
Bowling For Soup
Bring Me The Horizon
Buckcherry
Bullet For My Valentine
Cheap Trick
Children Of Bodom
Chthonic
CKY
Clutch
Dan Reed
Danzig
Deaf Havana
Def Leppard
Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows
Devil Wears Prada
Dio Disciples
Disturbed
Down
Duff McKagan's Loaded
Envy Of The State
Escape The Fate
FM
Framing Hanley
Frank Turner
Funeral For A Friend
Gaslight Anthem
Ghost
Gwar
Heights
Hollywood Undead
Hyro Da Hero
Illuminatus
Jameson Raid
Karma To Burn
Kellermench
Korn
Kverlatak
Letlive
Linkin Park
Lower Than Atlantis
Madina Lake
Malefice
Mr. Big
My Darkest Days
Oaf
October File
Pendulum
Plain White T’S,
Puddle Of Mudd
Rise To Remain
Rob Zombie
Rock Sugar
Royal Republic
Sacred Mother Tongue
Sevendust
Silverstein
Skeletal Damage
Skunk Anansie
Starseed
Straight Line Stitch
Suicide Silence
System Of A Down
T-34
The Cult
The Damned Things
The Dangerous Summer
The Darkness
The Dead Lay Waiting
The King Blues
The Morning After
The Pretty Reckless
The Rods
Thin Lizzy
Times Of Grace
Trash Talk
Trc
Turisas
Twisted Sister
Versamerge
Wayne Static
Yashin
Young Guns
Your Demise

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Three More Bands Confirmed For Download 2011

The organizers of Britain's Download Festival has announced that three more bands have been confirmed for this year's event. The biggest announcement comes in the form of The Darkness, who have recently reunited and are expected to be releasing a new album by the end of the year.

Also confirmed for festival are Funeral For A Friend and Kverlatak. The event takes place at Donington Castle from June 10th - 12th and will feature the following lineup: More...

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2011 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Nominees Revealed

The nominees have been revealed for the forthcoming edition of the Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards. The 2011 event is set to take place on Monday, June 13 in London, England. The list of nominees and the award categories can be viewed below. You can vote for the award nominees at this location.

Best International Band:
1. AVENGED SEVENFOLD
2. DIMMU BORGIR
3. STONE SOUR
4. CHILDREN OF BODOM
5. DOWN

Best U.K. Band:
1. IRON MAIDEN
2. BRING ME THE HORIZON
3. SKINDRED
4. ARCHITECTS
5. BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE

Best Live Band:
1. CANCER BATS
2. DEVILDRIVER
3. ROB ZOMBIE
4. SKINDRED
5. MACHINE HEAD

Best New Band:
1. THE DEFILED
2. KVELERTAK
3. TESSERACT
4. THE DAMNED THINGS
5. LETLIVE

Best Underground:
1. WATAIN
2. KYLESA
3. PRIMORDIAL
4. THE DEAD LAY WAITING
5. CLUTCH

Best Breakthrough:
1. PARKWAY DRIVE
2. A DAY TO REMEMBER
3. SYLOSIS
4. SABATON
5. VOLBEAT

Shredder(s):
1. Gus G. (FIREWIND, OZZY OSBOURNE)
2. Mark Tremonti (ALTER BRIDGE)
3. Alexi Laiho (CHILDREN OF BODOM)
4. Marc Rizzo (CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SOULFLY)
5. Synyster Gates (AVENGED SEVENFOLD)

Metal As Fuck:
1. SLAYER
2. BEHEMOTH
3. SLIPKNOT
4. Zakk Wylde
6. DEFTONES

Event Of The Year:
1. Rob Zombie's return
2. Manowar's return
3. System of a Down reforming
4. The "Big Four" U.K. announcement
5. "Beavis And Butthead"'s resurrection

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Rex Brown Forms New Band With Vinny Appice

Down bass player Rex Brown, who is also a former member of Texas based heavy metal legends Pantera, has revealed that he has formed a new band with Vinny Appice, the former drummer for Black Sabbth/Heaven & Hell and Dio and guitarist Mark Zavon, who has been a member of Ratt and W.A.S.P. amongst others. Also in the band is lead singer Dewey Bragg. The band has described their sound as a mixture of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Alice In Chains and plan to begin recording music shortly.

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Sixteen More Bands Confirmed For Download 2011

The organisers of the United Kingdom's Download Festival has announced that a further sixteen bands have been confirmed for the event, including such big names as Disturbed, Black Stone Cherry and Cheap Trick, along with Bring Me The Horizon, Sacred Mother Tongue, All That Remains, Bowling For Soup, Devil Wears Prada, Turisas, Frank Turner, Asking Alexandria, Straight Line Stitch, Madina Lake, The King Blues, Ghost and Jameson Raid. The event will take place at Donington Castle from June 10th-12th and features the following lineup:

Def Leppard (Headliner)
System Of A Down (Headliner)
Linkin Park (Headliner)
Avenged Sevenfold
Bullet For My Valentine
Disturbed
Rob Zombie
Pendulum
Alice Cooper
Korn
Black Stone Cherry
Danzig
Alter Bridge
The Cult
Thin Lizzy
Cheap Trick
All That Remains
Hollywood Undead
Turisas
The Gaslight Anthem
Bowling For Soup
Twisted Sister
Down
Buckcherry
The Devil Wears Prada
Bring Me The Horizon
Blackveil Brides
The Damned Things
Escape The Fate
Asking Alexandria
Madina Lake
Clutch
Duff McKagen's Loaded
Mr. Big
Gwar
FM
Masters Of Reality
Sacred Mother Tongue
Straight Line Stitch
Frank Turner
The King Blues
Rise To Remain
Trash Talk
Ghost
Jameson Raid

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