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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.
Kingdom Of Sorrow has announced that founding member Kirk Windstein, who is also a founding member of Crowbar and Down, will not be taking part in the band's upcoming tour dates due to health issues. In his place will be Type O Negative guitarist Kenny Kickey.
Kirk Windstein states: "Hey all, Kirk here. Just wanted to let everyone know that I will be taking a much needed break and will not be joining my bros in KOS for Ozzfest. I have entered the AA program and am turning over a new leaf. 25 years of gigging and touring has taken its toll and my drinking is now preventing me from being the healthiest, best player that I can be. It’s been a fun ride, but I’m ready to tackle this sober and look forward to being at the top of my game with all of my projects! I am happy to say that Kenny Hickey will once again be filling my spot for these 8 shows. Thanks Kenny, I love you bro!!! Thanks to everyone for their support. All my best, Kirk Windstein."
Jamey Jasta adds: "The road is no place for Kirk right now. He has begun to address his problems so he can lead a happy and healthy life and continue to rock with Down, CROWBAR and Kingdom Of Sorrow. I only want the best for him and I feel like sitting this tour out is a step in the right path."
Arson Anthem, the band featuring former Pantera, Superjoint Ritual and current Down frontman Phil Anselmo, along with Hank Williams III (also formerly of Superjoint Ritual), Mike IX Williams (Eyehategod, Outlaw Order) and Colin Yeo of Ponykiller fame, has announced that they will be releasing their debut full length album, "Insecurity Notoriety" on October 12th through Anselmo's Housecore Records.
Anselmo comments: "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!"
Sludge metal legends CROWBAR have signed a worldwide deal with E1 Music. The band will be releasing a new full-length album later this fall. "CROWBAR is very excited to have landed this deal with E1 Music! We have always been very proud of what we do and the new record will not disappoint and of our die hard fans." says front man and guitar player Kirk Windstein.
The forthcoming album will be the follow up to the band’s last album, "Lifesblood for the Downtrodden," which was released out in 2005. Windstein continues. "Big thanks to Jamey Jasta, Steve Ross and the legal team at E1 Music. Get ready, with a real label behind us we will crush!"
E1 Music Vice President of Metal Scott Givens adds, "CROWBAR have influenced a generation of great bands and E1 is fully committed to making this the band’s biggest selling record of its long and storied career."
Kirk Windstein formed CROWBAR in 1991. Since that time, the band's sound has profoundly influenced a new generation of metal acts the world over. Weinstein is also a key member of KINGDOM OF SORROW (with HATEBREED front man Jamey Jasta) and DOWN.
MetalSucks contributor Corey Mitchell recently announced he'd be helping Pantera/Down front man Philip Anselmo write his autobiography. Mitchell revealed some details about the writing process in a recent review of a Warbeast show in Dallas, at which Anslemo made a guest appearance. An excerpt follows:
"Anselmo has also given me carte blanche to talk to anyone from his past to either fill in the blanks on some stories he may have forgotten, confirm what he remembers, and also to shoot down any stories he may not have a complete grasp on. He also told his buddies from the early days of Pantera to be brutally honest with me, because he wants nothing but the truth to go out to the readers – the good, the bad, and the downright fuckin’ ugly."
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Down has posted footage online of the band's performance in Romania on May 16th, 2010 opening for AC/DC. The first clip can be viewed below and the rest are available after the jump.
The organisers of Britain's High Voltage festival has announced three more bands for this year's edition of the event. British heavy metal legends Saxon will be performing on the Metal Hammer stage, along with the other two new confirmations, British doom metal veterans Cathedral and Swedish power metal outfit Hammerfall. The festival is scheduled for July 24th - 25th at Victoria Park in London.
The lineup is now as follows: More...
Down has posted two new live video clips online, which can be viewed below. The band has also checked in with the following update:
"Down fan appreciation April 2010! Well, not much to say about the DVD not reaching the shelves on March 23. We'll be sure to keep you updated on the situation. In the meantime, we thought it would be fun to let some more stuff leak out seeing how much everybody enjoyed the first 'Fan appreciation' post we put up. We want to do the same thing all over again! More videos, music, pics, and slashed prices at the store.
"First the videos. On the youtube page you will now find raw footage of Down doing Stone The Crow and Mourn in Houston from the Metallica tour in 2008. The audio is a little rough. It's hard to hear Philip but that's the fault of the camcorder microphone, not Philip, the venue, or the sound guys. This is just as raw as footage gets. The video is actually not bad and is available in HD. This stuff is NOT on the dvd. The dvd has stuff from the 2006 Euro tour only. Nothing from the 2006 New Orleans show at Tipitina's as it's been rumored.
"For music: 2 songs have been uploaded to the facebook and myspace players. They are Hail The Leaf and Ghosts along the Mississippi from the 2002 tour. Down recorded Stone The Crow acoustic that day in the XM Radio studio, then went and played these songs live that night in Washington DC at the 9:30 club. ...and that's what we have for everybody! Thanks again to everybody for keeping their chin up and being patient for the dvd. It will be worth the wait! More...
Phil Anselmo, the lead singer of New Orleans supergroup Down and former frontman of Pantera and Superjoint Ritual, has announced that he will soon start work on his autobiography. He will be working on the book with Corey Mitchell of MetalSucks. More information, including the title, is expected to be revealed shortly.
Kingdom Of Sorrow, the heavy metal supergroup featuring Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta and Crowbar frontman/Down guitarist Kirk Windstein, has announced that their second studio album, "Behind The Blackest Tears" will be released in June. More information will be revealed shortly.
New Orleans based supergroup Down, featuring former Pantera members Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown, along with Eyehategod's Jimmy Bower, Crowbar's Kirk Windstein and Corrosion Of Conformity's Pepper Keenan, has announced that they have been forced to delay the release of their new DVD, "Diary Of A Mad Band." A statement from the band reads as follows:
"As you all are aware Down was scheduled to release their movie Diary Of A Mad Band today. Due to recent legal issues the release has been postponed to a later date as these issues get resolved. We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment this may have caused. Please be assured that a new release date will be forthcoming and will be posted immediately after it is confirmed. We thank you all for your loyalty and support."
The Diary Of A Mad Band CD/DVD is due out E1 Music and captures Down in all its sludged out intensity. This special DVD/CD collection features over 130 minutes of live video footage + a full never-before-released concert. The CD is different from the DVD.
The organisers of Britain's High Voltage festival has announced some more bands for the festival's debut edition. Among the new confirmations are extreme metal daddys Venom, rock legends UFO, The Quireboys, Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa and The Union, which features former members of Thunder. The event will take place in Victoria Park in London on July 24th and the 25th.
The lineup is now as follows: More...
Down has posted a video clip online of their performance of the song "Lifer" at the 2009 edition of the "With Full Force" festival. The video clip, which also features a brief interview segment, can be viewed below.
New Orleans based supergroup Down has announced that they will be releasing their new live DVD/CD set "Diary Of A Mad Band" on March 23rd through E1 Music. The DVD features over two hours of footage including a full live concert and a documentary. Stay tuned for further details.
Down has issued the following update about bassist Rex Brown starting a new project titled Arms of the Sun:
"Arms of the Sun, a project featuring Rex Brown on bass, John Luke Hebert on drums, Lance Harvill on vocals and guitar, and Ben Bunker on guitar, has completed work on thirteen tracks that were produced and mixed by Terry Date. The material is set for a late February release through Extreme Music, which provides class-A production music to all major networks and studios, ad agencies and production companies.
"Arms of the Sun recorded the music, written by Lance Harvill, late last year at Willie Nelson's Pedernales Recording Studio in Austin. The project is executive produced by Sir George Martin and Mark Ross for the Grandmaster Series, which celebrates four of the world's top producers spanning from the '60s through the '90s, including Sir George himself, Terry Date, Jack Douglas, and Hugh Padgham."
The organisers of Britain's High Voltage festival has announced five more bands for the lineup. New Orleans supergroup Down will now be performing at the event, as will Gary Moore, Magnum, Joe Bonamassa and Northern Irish rockers The Answer. This will be the first edition of the festival and is scheduled to take place at London's Victoria Park on the 24th and 25th of July.
Down has issued the following update about their upcoming activities:
"Hey everybody, it's about time a quick rundown was put out about the status of Down and it's individual members. First, the good news is Down has tentative plans to meet in New Orleans shortly after the Super Bowl to map out 2010. This includes solidifying plans to record and release a 4th full length album! In the meantime, 4 of the 5 guys are celebrating the Saints' first Super Bowl berth. The 5th guy has to settle for celebrating the Cowboy's first playoff win in a looong time. We'll keep you up to date.
"In alphabetical order: Philip Anselmo: Hard at work with his record label; Housecore records, developing bands such as Warbeast and Evil Army. There are also plans to re-release the Crowbar albums through Housecore! More...
Phil Anselmo, the lead vocalist of heavy metal supergroup Down and former frontman of Pantera and Superjoint Ritual, has posted a message online expressing his delight that the New Orleans Saints will be playing at the Superbowl for the first time. Down has also made their song, "On March The Saints" available as a free download from their official website. Anselmo's message reads as follows:
"Unbelievable! We shocked the world! Congrats to our New Orleans Saints, the coaches, the staff, the general manager and the owners!!! Even before this season started, just looking at the roster, I had an insane feeling this year could be THE year! Everyone knows how powerful our offense is, but the defensive side of the ball is underrated!!! Look at the post-season stats!!!
"This has been, and will continue to be a season of destiny... there's just too many parallels to count here, but it all adds up: we have arrived! The Mighty NO Saints have cut the heads off two legends (Warner and Farve), now it's time to decapitate the third; one of our own hometown kids, Payton Manning. BRING IT BROTHER!!!!! WE'RE GOING TO THE F-ING SUPER BOWL!!!!!!!!!!!
"As for perfection in parallels, I can't think of any other words more suitable than...
"ON MARCH THE SAINTS!!!!!!!!"
Down has posted footage online from their performance at the Halloween Voodoo Fest in New Orleans on October 31st. The video clip can be viewed below.
Down has issued the following statement about playing a show in New Orleans as part of an attempt to break the "Largest Gathering of Zombies" world record:
"Zombie record attempt at next Down show, new shirts! The New Orleans Bingo! Show is spearheading an attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records Record for 'Largest Gathering Of Zombies' at the 2009 Voodoo Experience music festival in New Orleans, LA on Halloween Day October 31, 2009 The day Down and Kiss plays! Get your zombie on, go to Voodoo on Halloween day, sign in at the Zombie table, rock out, then lurch your way over to the Bingo! Parlour stage to become a part of this record-..breaking night! For even fancier zombie makeup tutorials, search youtube! There's plenty out there. For more on Voodoo Experience, visit this location."
A video clip has been posted online of Anvil performing the song "Winged Assassins" at the Download Festival 2009. The video, which also features Phil Anselmo of Down appearing on the stage, can be viewed below.