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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 Posts Behind The Scenes Footage Online

A video featuring a behind the scenes look at the recent Metallica/Down show in Glendale, Arizona has been posted online. You can check it out below.

Down frontman Phil Anselmo revealed recently that the band has at least six new songs ready for a new album and are hoping to get to work on it soon. More...

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Down Posts New "Bury Me In Smoke" Live Clip Online

New Orleans, Louisiana based supergroup Down has posted a new live video of the band performing their staple track, "Bury Me In Smoke" online. You can check it out below. The video was filmed in Glendale, Arizona on October 21st. More...

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Down Goes Down Under and Rocks Perth's Metropolis

A good turnout for a small city like Perth is unfortunately about the size of a bad turnout somewhere larger, however, the streets of Fremantle were buzzing with anticipation on this particular Tuesday night (October 10th) as black-clad metal fans clogged pub doorways along the main drag. Inside Metropolis, the venue for the last date of Down's Australian tour, the feeling was even more intense despite the ridiculous $10 beers. More...

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Down Posts "N.O.D." Video Online

New Orleans natives Down has posted a brand new music video online for "N.O.D." which comes from the bands latest album, "Down III:Over The Under" which was re-issued earlier this month via BestBuy and comes with a bonus DVD. You can check out the video below. More...

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Down Posts Trailer For New Album Re-Issue Online

New Orleans rockers Down has uploaded a new trailer for the upcoming re-issue of their latest album, "Down III:Over The Under" online. You can check it out below.

The re-issue is an exclusive to BestBuy and contains a bonus DVD which features over half an hour of live and backstage footage of the bands touring cycle.

Down frontman Phil Anselmo has confirmed that the band has been writing for a new studio album and currently have six songs penned. More...

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Christ Inversion Announces Release

The official release of Christ Inversion's self-titled recording is set for October 28, 2008 on Housecore Records

Christ Inversion features:
Philip H. Anselmo (DOWN, Pantera, SJR, Etc..) - Guitar & Backing Vocals
Wayne Fabra (Graveyard Rodeo, Necrophagia) - Vocals
Jay Gracianette (Sinkhole, House of Shock) - Bass
Gary Herbert -(Graveyard Rodeo) - Drums

You can check out some of Christ Inversion's material on their MySpace page.

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Type O Guitarist Joins Kingdom Of Sorrow On Tour

KINGDOM OF SORROW will be joined by Kenny Hickey of TYPE O NEGATIVE for a portion of dates on their upcoming North American tour with GWAR and label-mates TOXIC HOLOCAUST. Hickey will fill-in for Kirk Windstein, who will be on tour with DOWN in late October and November. Statements from Windstein, Hickey, and KOS's Jamey Jasta are below.

Kirk Windstein: "What's up everyone!? I just wanted to let you all know that we've found a GREAT fill in guitarist for yours truly, raging rocker and good friend Kenny Hickey of TYPE-O-NEGATIVE, and I couldn't be happier with the choice. He will be jamming with the young Jasta and crew during the first half of the GWAR tour so please go out and support KINGDOM OF SORROW while I am fulfilling my duties with DOWN. I wish I could rock in two places at once but my 1 priority is DOWN right now, we are touring with METALLICA and there's no way in hell I would miss that.

"I will however be playing the first couple of shows and the last leg of the tour with KINGDOM OF SORROW though, so don't fret! Come out and rock with us and buy the old one a cold one!!!"

Kenny Hickey: "About 2 weeks ago I was bitching to my daughter about how I needed to get back on the road - been home long enough and needed to break out. At that moment I received a text message from my friend Jamey Jasta. To my amazement he was asking me to hit the road with him with his new band KINGDOM OF SORROW! I would be filling in for Kirk whom I've known for years - way back to the beginning of the CROWBAR, TYPE O, PANTERA days. On top of that, TYPE O and HATEBREED had just finished tearing a hole through the states on a 7 week co-headlining tour which was over the top insanity and fun. I went out that next day and bought the Kingdom of Sorrow record and was sold immediately. I'm in boys.
We're gonna kick a hole in the universe!"

Jamey Jasta: "When DOWN was first confirmed on the METALLICA tour I really thought we would just have to cancel the GWAR run but Kirk INSISTED that I push on without him and do what's right for the fans and for KINGDOM OF SORROW. When faced with finding a suitable replacement for Kirk, Kenny Hickey instantly came to mind and I could not be happier that he is available and stoked to tour with us. I must say that Kenny is one of the most talented and underrated players out there in the rock / metal world and I had the time of my life touring with TYPE O this past summer.
We're pumped to be able to perform with KINGDOM OF SORROW in so many cities across the USA and Canada! Thanks for the support and we'll see you at the shows!"

Additionally, KINGDOM OF SORROW has announced a number of headlining dates leading up to the GWAR tour. The band will headline shows on their way to Florida to meet up with GWAR and TOXIC HOLOCAUST for the massive 12-week North American tour, hitting over 70 cities all across Canada and the U.S. A complete listing of confirmed tour dates and cities can be found below.

Here are the latest KINGDOM OF SORROW tour dates: More...

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Metallica Announces North American Tour Dates

Having just completed their new album, Metallica has announced upcoming North American tour dates with The Sword as well as bands such as Machine Head, Lamb of God and Down on various legs of the tour.

Here's the update from the band:

"Time for a different sort of vacation ... one right here on our home turf!! Now that 'Death Magnetic' is complete, we're ready to start a proper indoor arena tour of the States and Canada and we can't wait to visit all of our 'Talli-fans here . . . it really has been too long (hey, what's four years amongst friends?).

Here's the complete list of cities and venues up through January 31, 2009: More...

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Phil Anselmo Working On Autobiography

Blabbermouth.net reports: According to a posting on legendary rock photographer Ross Halfin's official web site, Philip Anselmo (DOWN, PANTERA, SUPERJOINT RITUAL) has begun work on his autobiography. Anselmo apparently revealed the news to Halfin this past Sunday (July 27) following DOWN's performance in Istanbul, Turkey as the support act for METALLICA. Ross writes in the "Diary" section of his web site, "I walk to the dressing room and Phil grabs me for a hug while The Snake [SKID ROW guitarist Dave 'Snake' Sabo, who manages DOWN as part of the successful management company McGhee Entertainment headed up by Doc McGhee — Ed.] looks on with jealousy. Phil tells me he's writing a book about his time doing what he does and it'll include his time in PANTERA."

Philip Anselmo revealed in an online post last week that DOWN has recorded at least six new songs for a possible new release which may also include previously unreleased material from the "Over the Under" sessions.

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Down Rumored To Have Fourth Album In The Works

Although their latest album came out less than a year ago, posts on Downboard.com report that Down is rumored to have a fourth album planned.

According to a post, the name of the new record will be called "Down IV," and it will be released sometime next year if the band "doesn't start recording" before 2010. Along with a new record, Down is also planning their first-ever live DVD, possibly including their live performances in Europe, which were shot by Jim Van Bebber.

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Testament Wins Golden God Award For Best Album

Bay Area legends Testament have won the Metal Hammer Golden Gods award for Best Album with their latest offering "The Formation Of Damnation", beating Down, Atreyu, Bullet For My Valentine and Children Of Bodom for the honour. No other information has been found as of yet regarding the winners of other awards.

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Down to Play Israel

According to Israeli news site, Ynetnews, Down will be playing the Barby Club in Tel Aviv after their Turkey date this July. The exact date is said to be July 29th and tickets are priced at NIS 160, which translates to $48. The full article can be read here. As previously announced, Down will be touring Europe this summer which features Metallica and The Sword on later dates. Dates are as follows: More...

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Down Announces "Evening With" Shows

Down have announced some special "Evening with Down" shows this summer as part of their tour schedule. The special shows are as follows:

July
10 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
12 - Koln, Germany - Live Music Hall
13 - Malmo, Sweden - KB
14 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Tradgarn

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Six Announces More Headlining Tour Dates

Orange County California's SiX has announced more headlining dates in support their recently released album "Between The War and the Warning." The band will be playing a series of dates throughout southern California in the month of May before launching a full US tour in the summer.

Earlier this year, Six had to cancel a number of scheduled tour dates after drummer Nate Bowers was arrested for allegedly assaulted the singer of a local emo band in Portland, Oregon while back home visiting family.

SiX can be found on the new CD sampler included in the April/May issue of Metal Edge Magazine alongside In Flames and Children of Bodom. The track "Forgiveness" is number 3 on the CD, a song that features Mike Clark from Suicidal Tendencies. The issue has metal legend Max Cavalera and Cavalera Conspiracy on the cover and is on sale now at all major newsstands.

Comprised of members of alt-metal act Drown and former touring members of Cypress Hill and OPM, SiX has hailed as "the modern day crossover metal of Machine Head, Metallica and Fear Factory" by Amp Magazine. SiX's new album "Between The War and the Warning" features appearances by Mike Clark from Suicidal Tendencies and bassist Tony Campos from Static-X and was released on the group's own 1605 Records. Track's from the group's new album can be streamed online at their MySpace page.

Here are the latest SiX tour dates:

May 08 2008 Ridgecrest, CA @ Tommy T's
May 09 2008 Bakersfield, CA @ Element
May 10 2008 Hollywood, CA @ Dragonfly
May 17 2008 Irvine, CA @ Punk Rock Picnic- Irvine Lake
May 24 2008 Costa Mesa, CA @ Alano Club

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Watch Down Perform in Moscow Concert Online

DOWN kicked off its European tour on March 18 at the B1 Maximum club in Moscow, Russia. Fan-filmed video footage from the concert can be viewed below.

The group's setlist was as follows:

01. Underneath Everything
02. The Path
03. Lysergik Funeral Procession
04. Pillars Of Eternity
05. Three Suns And One Star
06. Lifer
07. Swan Song
08. Mourn
09. Ghost Along The Mississippi
10. Learn From This Mistake
11. N.O.D.
12. Beneath The Tides
13. On March The Saints
14. Losing All
15. Eyes Of The South

Encore:

16. Doobinterlude
17. New Orleans Is A Dying Whore
18. Stone The Crow
19. Jail
20. Bury Me In Smoke More...

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Down Bassist Checks In

DOWN bassist Rex Brown (ex-PANTERA) has posted this message on the band's MySpace page:

"Hello all DOWN fans, lifers and powers of the riff united,

Just wanted to drop a quick 'thank you' to every single one of you who came out for our 'Evening With Down' tours here in the States. Every single night, you fckr's were over the top. Amazing. We're off to the other side of the globe starting in Moscow to spread the fck'n word. 2008 is far from over and we ain't done with you yet.

Thanx again, you guys are incredible. See ya very soon."

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Kingdom Of Sorrow Film New Video

KINGDOM OF SORROW — the band featuring Jamey Jasta (HATEBREED) and Kirk Windstein (DOWN, CROWBAR) — recently shot a video for the song "Lead Into Demise" with director Kevin Custer (MADBALL, OVERKILL, THE CONFESSION, THE DESTRO). It is expected to begin airing in the coming weeks.

Remaining KINGDOM OF SORROW dates:

Feb. 28 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
Feb. 29 - Philadelphia, PA - North Star Bar
Mar. 01 - Albany, NY - Valentines
Mar. 02 - New York, NY - Knitting Factory
Mar. 04 - Toronto, ON - El Macombo
Mar. 05 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's Down Under
Mar. 06 - Chicago, IL – Reggie's Rock Club
Mar. 07 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick

The self-titled debut album from KINGDOM OF SORROW sold 6,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 131 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was recorded at Planet Z Studios in Massachusetts with producer Zeuss (HATEBREED, SHADOWS FALL).

KINGDOM OF SORROW is:

Kirk Windstein (DOWN, CROWBAR) – Vocals, Guitars
Jamey Jasta (HATEBREED, ICEPICK) - Vocals
Steve Gibb (CROWBAR, ex-BLACK LABEL SOCIETY) - Guitar
Derek Kerswill (SEEMLESS, UNEARTH) - Drums
Matthew Brunson - Bass

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Arson Anthem Frontman Speaks On Bands Detractors

Keith Carman of Canada's Exclaim! magazine recently conducted an interview with vocalist Mike Williams (EYEHATEGOD) of ARSON ANTHEM, the hardcore punk-influenced project also featuring drummer Hank Williams III (ASSJACK, SUPERJOINT RITUAL), guitarist Phil Anselmo (PANTERA, DOWN, SUPERJOINT RITUAL), and bassist Collin Yeo. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

Exclaim!: Do you have any aspirations for ARSON ANTHEM?

Mike: I'd like to inspire people. I can't say we're the first band to be doing this because there are a lot of bands that play heavy hardcore like a throwback to that era. I want to at least inspire people to seek out those older bands and do some research. That was such a great time for me growing up. I had no responsibility, running free listening to that type of music and riding my skateboard. Hopefully people who didn't live through it can do it vicariously. We have future plans and some new songs to record but first we just wanted to put out the record. Overall though, this is just about fun. The people who take it too seriously and say it doesn't sound like "Vulgar Display Of Power" don't get it.

Exclaim!: There's always backlash against a "new band" from established artists though.

Mike: Just because of the members of the band, people are gonna dig to find something to start an issue with. Phil's already getting the brunt of things. They kick down on him for no reason sometimes. It seems like some people don't even listen to the record before they judge. There's prejudice. I don't understand it. He gets these people who are jealous, hating on him or something. Some people hate for no reason.

Exclaim!: He is a magnet for controversy though, sometimes by his own actions.

Mike: Right. Sometimes controversy can be exciting but sometimes it's a pain in the ass. Sometimes I'd rather have chaos in my life than be bored but it can become too much. With the Internet now, everything is taken as fact. Rumours start and it's taken as truth, starting controversy. It's ridiculous. I don't get people who just bitch all of the time about what they hate. If they're doing that, they're bringing attention to it. Why waste your time? If you're gonna put energy towards something, support it. If you don't like it, ignore it.

Exclaim!: What do you have to say to detractors?

Mike: We just want you to listen and judge for yourself. We have a right to put out any type of record we want. Freedom of speech. I'm happy to be doing this now but at times I wish this band had been together in the '80s. It would have been taken in a different light. ARSON ANTHEM isn't that complicated of a concept. It's just raw, in-your-face music. I love a lot of different stuff but it's great to put out this record and say, "Hey, this is the kind of music that I love."

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Interview With Down Drummer Posted Online

Gino Alache of RockumRadio.com conducted an interview with DOWN drummer Jimmy Bower on January 16, 2008. Download the seven-minute chat as an MP3 audio file at this location.

The organizers of the Roadburn festival announced this week that DOWN will headline this year's Roadburn "Pre-Heat", set to take place on Thursday, April 17 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, Holland.

Roadburn festival will take place April 17-20 at 013. Also scheduled to appear are CELTIC FROST, GRAND MAGUS, CAPRICORNS, ISIS, BORIS, CULT OF LUNA, ELECTRIC WIZARD, CEPHALIC CARNAGE, TROUBLE, WITCHCRAFT, CHURCH OF MISERY, SERPENTCULT and many more.

DOWN's video for the song "On March The Saints" made its "Headbanger's Ball" debut on November 17, 2007 on MTV2. This episode also featured a piece with singer Phil Anselmo in which he compared the world of boxing to playing music.

"Over the Under" was released on September 25 through ILG/Warner Music Group (one day earlier internationally via Roadrunner Records). The LP was issued in Europe as a limited-edition digipack CD featuring the bonus track "Invest in Fear".

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DevilDriver's Dez Fafara: Anselmo Is A Brother

DevilDriver frontman Dez Fafara was interviewed by Artist Direct while his band was on tour with Killswitch Engage, Lamb of God, and Soilwork. You can read excerpts from the conversation below.

Artist Direct: You've drawn lyrical inspiration from various books in the past. What are some of your favorite titles?

Dez Fafara: Right now, I'm doing audio books, because it's easier for me to just lie in my bunk and listen when I'm on tour. I'm listening to an audio book right now on Socrates. I'm getting through his whole life and his whole philosophy on things. He was a strange cat; let me tell you. He used to walk the streets barefoot, rambling on and on, but people thought he was a genius. If you did that today, they'd just put you in jail. He had some wise things to say though.

AD: That Greek school of thought established a lot.

DF: Exactly. As far as a favorite book of all time, I don't have one. Literature has just kind of come and gone with me, but I couldn't nail it down to a favorite. I'm reading a good book right now on the Spartans and their society. It's called The Spartans. It's unbelievable, so we'll see where that goes


AD: Knowing your relationship with Phil Anselmo [Down, Pantera Vocalist], I have to ask, what do you think of the new Down record [III: Over the Under]?

DF: I think it's the best of Phil's career. He fucking looks great. He's sober. People have to understand, he's not just a friend, but he's a brother. When I had no home in Coal Chamber, literally for years to live, that dude gave me his house and said, "Go ahead." He literally said, "Take my bedroom, I'm sleeping downstairs anyways." So, when you've got that kind of a friend behind you, it means something huge. We've been friends a long time. I think that this Down record is unbelievable. I think it's the rock record of the year. It should have been nominated for a Grammy. The fact that it's not and some other bands are listed pisses me off really bad. Dude, this is the best rock band out today, hands-down, and for it not to be a Grammy-nominee—I don’t see what's happening. If you're not looking at art like that—look at every individual player in that band, not just Phillip. Take Phillip out of the equation and just look at every individual player. Before we went to our record release party a couple months ago, Down was rehearsing for their Australian tour in the Valley. We took the tour bus over, and we went and watched a couple songs of the rehearsals. I mean, dude, they're such amazing players. So yeah, there's my rant on Down [laughs].

Read the full article at this location.

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