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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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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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Def Leppard To Headline Download 2011

British hard rock legends Def Leppard have been confirmed as the headlining act for the first day of the United Kingdom's Download Festival, which will take place at Donington Park from June 10th- 12th.

This will be the second time the group has headlined the event, after closing the festival in 2009. Several more bands have also been added to the bill, including Down, Twisted Sister, Duff McKagen's Loaded, and Trash Talk.

In other news, Def Leppard will be releasing a live album this summer entitled, "Mirrorball," which will feature a mix of the band's classics performed live, three brand new songs recorded in the studio, and a bonus DVD which will feature live performances and backstage footage. More information on this release will be revealed once it has been made available.

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Down Announces More Tour Dates

New Orleans based supergroup Down, featuring members of Pantera, Crowbar and Eyehategod, has announced that the band will be performing a handful of shows in the United States as of next month. VIP Ticket Packages will be available, which include a General Admission ticket, sound check (where applicable), meet n greet (you get one personal item autographed), T-shirt from the merch booth (day of show), laminate and a $5 gift card to the Down-Nola.com online store. VIP ticket Packages will be sold through Down-Nola.com for the two New Orleans dates and Houston. Maxwell is still being determined as to whether or not VIP Ticket Packages will be available for this date (as it's a festival). VIP Ticket Packages for New York, Philly and Sayreville are all scheduled to be sold through Ticketmaster.com. Tickets go on sale this week - stay tuned for presale information.

The initial tour dates are as follows:

March 4 - New Orleans, LA - The Hangar
March 5 - Maxwell, TX - The Cotton Gin
March 6 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
March 11 - New Orleans, LA - The Hangar #2
April 28 - New York, NY - Best Buy Theatre
April 29 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
April 30 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom

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Down Announces New Tour Dates

Down has announced the following batch of tour dates for the United States. Additional concert dates are expected to be announced in the following days:

03/04 New Orleans, LA – The Hangar
03/05 Maxwell, TX – The Cotton Gin
03/06 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
04/28 New York, NY – Best Buy Theatre
04/29 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
04/30 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom

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Clip Available Of Phil Anselmo On That Metal Show

The complete appearance of Phil Anselmo on "That Metal Show" has been posted online, and can be seen in the video clip below.

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Phil Anselmo Video Interview Available

Revolver TV recently conducted a video interview with Phil Anselmo regarding Pantera. The video clip can be viewed below.

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Metal Bits

Sometimes there are interesting bits in the metal world that aren’t exactly newsworthy on their own, might not qualify as “just for fun,” or might even be too old to warrant a new post of its own. So here’s a round-up of some interesting metal bits around the ‘net this week:

Episode 3 of "Shit Phil Says” is now up on Metal Injection.

Abigail Williams members lob a dildo at IWrestledABearOnce via Metal Sucks.

An acoustic "Radio Disney Version" of Slayer's "Raining Blood" has been making rounds online:

And from the same video author I discovered a fake Rammstein cover of "99 Luftballons" (Nena Cover):

Don't miss our own Top Ten Halloween Metal Songs list from Dan of Autumns Eyes.

And worth re-linking here, is "Another 'Hardcore Dancing How-To' Video" that Metal Injection uncovered.

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Metal Bits

Sometimes there are interesting bits in the metal world that aren’t exactly newsworthy on their own, might not qualify as “just for fun,” or might even be too old to warrant a new post of its own. So here’s a round-up of some interesting metal bits around the ‘net of late:

The Term "Death To False Metal" Has Officially Jumped The Shark (thanks Weezer!)
via Metal Injection.

“Shit Phil Says” is a new series of videos to be uploaded exclusively to Metal Injection, featuring Shit Phil Says. These clips are excerpts from DOWN's new 2CD+DVD release, “Diary of A Mad Band,” which is in stores now. Check out clips one and two.

Tunecore releases free Halloween compilation (not metal).

The awesomely named "Heavy Metal" animated film that is more known for its name and soundtrack than story line and animation, is now streaming online in full. “Watch this sex fueled animated movie where Aliens get naked, a green orb spreads destruction, and Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Cheap Trick and Devo set one hella'va tone.”

Joey Belladonna celebrated his his birthday last week and this video from “Bowling of the Titans” surfaced:

Finally, here’s an old video making rounds on the social networks - this guy makes Dani Filth sound like an opera singer:

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Kirk Windstein Talks Crowbar, Down DVD, And More

MetalSucks recently conducted an interview with guitarist Kirk Windstein of Crowbar, Down, and Kingdom of Sorrow. Windstein addressed the recent news surrounding his decision to drop off Kingdom of Sorrow's Ozzfest stint in favor of treating his alcohol problem. He also explained the myriad delays that affected the upcoming Down DVD "Diary of a Madband," updated fans about the forthcoming new Crowbar album, and commented on Crowbar's legacy as a band that influences today's young crop of metal bands. Excerpts from the interview follow.

On leaning on his bandmates for support and advice during the recovery process:

Kirk: Yeah, totally. I’ve talked to Rex [Brown, Down bassist] about it because he’s dealt with a lot of problems himself. There’s not a person in any of my bands that hasn’t experienced it from time to time with the exception of Nicky and Charlie from Kingdom of Sorrow (the drummer and guitar player); they’ve never had a drink or tried a drug in their life. Everyone else in my bands, in Down and Jamey from Kingdom and the guys in Crowbar, have all at times had issues with stuff. Every person is different, and it’s a matter of keeping yourself healthy and not letting it get out of control. For me, it got out of control. Would I be a fool and a liar to sit here and say that I don’t think about it? It’s a normal thing to always think that you can control it. That’s what the battle of it is. It’s like “okay, I’m home. I’m detoxed. I get it. I’m in the right headspace. I’m physically and mentally in the right place and headed in the right direction.” It’s a matter of you realizing that you doing what you need to do is basically what it comes down to.

On a new Down album:

Kirk: 2011 I would say. Yeah. Something for sure. We’re not even there yet, so I think that’s totally feasible. Obviously not this year because it would have to be signed, sealed, delivered and done already. It’s not there by any means. It’s always going to happen and Down is always going to be there. So that’s a good thing.
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Down Posts "Diary Of A Mad Band" Teaser

Down has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming live CD/DVD release "Diary of a Mad Band." The clip can be viewed below.

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Down Members Comment On Forthcoming Live Album

Members of New Orleans metal supergroup Down have commented on the release of their forthcoming live album "Diary Of A Mad Band." "Diary Of A Mad Band" is set for release in the U.S. on October 5th, 2010 through Down Records. The album also contains a bonus DVD featuring a different setlist than the one featured on the CD.

Philip Anselmo commented by saying:

"This is a semi-ugly glimpse into what would end up the perfect building blocks to a much more prosperous future! Raw, distorted, unpredictable, and with a freshly mended spine in tow, these shows were desperately important to us as a cohesive unit. Take this trip through the old days with us at your own risk, and don’t forget to bring some aspirin!"

Pepper Keenan had this to say:

"The DVD is an in-depth look at what five boys from the wrong side of the tracks can achieve when motivated by the will to escape hard times, fueled by an unexplainable quest to destroy live and be embraced by the love of fans whom we had not had the pleasure of meeting yet. This is how it’s supposed to be: rock solid." More...

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Down Reveals Live Album Tracklisting

New Orleans metal supergroup Down have revealed the tracklisting for their forthcoming live album "Diary Of A Mad Band." "Diary Of A Mad Band" is set for release in the U.S. on October 5th, 2010 through Down Records. The album also contains a bonus DVD featuring a different setlist than the one featured on the CD.

"Diary Of A Mad Band" tracklisting:
Disc 1 - CD
1. Losing All
2. Lifer
3. Lysergic Funeral Procession
04. Rehab
5. Temptation's Wings
6. Ghosts Along The Mississippi
7. Learn From This Mistake
8. Hail The Leaf
9. New Orleans Is A Dying Whore
10. Lies, I Don't Know What They Say But...
11. Underneath Everything
12. The Seed
13. Eyes Of The South
14. Jail
15. Stone The Crows
16. Bury Me In Smoke

Disc 2 - DVD
1. Lysergic Funeral Procession
2. Lifer
3. Losing All
4. Rehab
5. New Orleans Is A Dying Whore
6. Ghosts Along The Mississippi
7. Learn From This Mistake
8. Underneath Everything
9. Temptation's Wings
10. There's Something On My Side
11. Hail The Leaf
12. Lies
13. The Seed
14. Eyes Of The South
15. Jail
16. Stone The Crows
17. Bury Me In Smoke

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Down To Release Live Album On Vinyl

Down has announced the new live album "Diary of a Mad Band" is to also see a vinyl release. The artwork and pre-order for the vinyl edition of "Diary of a Mad Band" can be found at this location. You can also check out Down's music via the band's official MySpace page.

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Footage Of Phil Anselmo With haarp Available

Down has posted a video clip online of Phil Anselmo performing with haarp at Nodferatu's Lair on August 14th, 2010. The footage can be viewed below.

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Kirk Windstein To Miss Kingdom Of Sorrow Tour

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."

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Arson Anthem Announces Debut Release Date

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!"

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