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Down

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

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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.

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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].

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Down To Headline Roadburn Festival "Pre-Heat"

Organizers of the 13th annual Roadburn Festival, taking place April 18th - 19th, at the 013 Club in Tilburg, The Netherlands, have issued the following update:

"Hello Burners! Some exciting new updates on the 13th Annual Roadburn Festival 2008, including the confirmation of New Orleans metal heavyweights DOWN as headliner for the Pre-Heat on Thursday, April 17, plus Rise Above Records' 20th anniversary evening.

You'll be wanting to stick around after the main festival for David Tibet's special day-long event on Sunday, April 20th.

David Tibet: "I am delighted and ecstatic to announce the full line-up of the artists playing at the day I was invited to curate at the Roadburn Festival. Appearing at the show will be: ÆTHENOR, BABY DEE, CURRENT 93, OM and RICKIE LEE JONES."

Read the full article at this location.

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Down Announce European Tour Dates

New Orleans based supergroup Down have released more tour dates which include a European tour. The dates are as follows: More...

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Kingdom Of Sorrow Announce More Tour Dates

KINGDOM OF SORROW, the new band featuring HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta and DOWN/CROWBAR’s Kirk Windstein, have scheduled the following upcoming tour dates:

February 27 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
February 28 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
March 1 - Albany, NY @ Valentines
March 2 - New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
March 4 - Toronto, ON @ El Macombo
March 6 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club
March 7 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick

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Phil Anselmo Speaks On Guitar Part Contributions

Rick Florino of ARTISTdirect recently conducted an interview with Philip Anselmo (ARSON ANTHEM, DOWN, PANTERA, SUPERJOINT RITUAL). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

ARTISTdirect: ARSON ANTHEM is extremely brutal, raw and honest. The songs bear an intensity missing from modern hardcore and punk. What's the creative process like for this band? How do you compose these songs?

Anselmo: I'd mail cassette tapes of riffs I'd come up with to III [Hank Williams III] and Collin, and just give Mike a copy as well. A month or two went by and III drove his truck down to my place with his recording equipment and drums all packed-up in his truck. We wrote the majority of the songs (musically) during that first night. Everybody already knew all the parts from those tapes! The next day, we wrote the rest of the songs, and fucked with some different ideas. The next day we recorded. Mike sang the next night. III stuck around for the following day in order for he and I to mix a little. Then he split. All in all, "physically," it took three days to put together and record.

ARTISTdirect: The album feels unbridled and really free. Was this an especially fun record to make?

Anselmo: Yes. It was a very intense atmosphere, but extremely at ease as well. We knew that we expected the music to capture a specific sound, but until that happened, and it did, it was gratifying. We knew then, that the music that was being written was both flexible and tangible, and that's all we could hope for. We were going to be critical of ourselves, especially Mike and I. We were the oldest, and had followed the hardcore scene almost from its inception and watched it grow and die. Aside from a handful of current hardcore bands, we felt the need to express our interpretation of this type of music, because, to us, it's a sorely missing element within today's generic crop of two-chord bands that basically mimic the image of THE EXPLOITED, but fail completely to impress "true" purists with their music.

ARTISTdirect: Growing up in New Orleans, was there a strong hardcore scene when you were a kid? Or did you find more inspiration from the other East Coast scenes?

Anselmo: Both. In the early '80s, the N.O. underground scene was an incredible thing. There were numerous bands that played every week and weekend. It was a phenomenon that was slowly growing across the U.S. — especially when I moved to Texas, and the scene there was thriving as well. But to be completely honest, the N.O. scene was much more interesting and influential. The bands from N.O. were admittedly influenced by the East Coast sound. Out of all the bands from or around the NYC area that I could namedrop as probably the biggest influence to the N.O. sound would be CARNIVORE. If you take a peek into Pete Steele's resume, you'll find that within the NYC hardcore scene his name is legendary. He's penned many a great song for many a great band. SHEER TERROR was great too. They were like CARNIVORE meets THE RIGHTEOUS PIGS, who were an insanely great band from Las Vegas.

ARTISTdirect: The guitar playing has an almost black metal speed, and it's super-tight. Do you enjoy the chance to focus on playing rather than singing?

Anselmo: I love to play guitar. I've been writing my own songs on the axe since I was nine-years-old. I suck at leads. But I have my own style, although I haven't gotten any better at them for over two decades. My playing style on AA must be tight a la AGNOSTIC FRONT, and loose when necessary. On fast songs like "Hammer Them Out", I down-pick. Which is the correct way to play it. The lead guitar work is a bit repetitious, but when a song is under two minutes long, I don't have much room anyway. Thank goodness. But I've always contributed guitar parts to every band I've ever been in, so I'll always play the axe. Singing and playing have always gone hand-in-hand with me. I love 'em both equally.

Read the entire interview at www.artistdirect.com.

ARSON ANTHEM will release its self-titled debut EP on February 19 via Housecore Records; a label created by Anselmo focusing on Phil's side projects and other artists he believes in. The track listing for the effort is as follows:

01. Year Of The Fork
02. Doomed Morale
03. Bunker Life
04. Hammer Them Out
05. Wrecked Like Clockwork
06. Cops Shoot Coke
07. The Avoider
08. Sri Lankan Medication

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Kingdom Of Sorrow Announce Worcester Show

KINGDOM OF SORROW, featuring Jamey Jasta of HATEBREED and Kirk Windstein of DOWN/CROWBAR, have updated their tour itinerary to announce a gig at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts on February 27th.

The band's upcoming live dates include:

February
27 - Palladium - Worcester, Massachusetts
28 - Ottobar - Baltimore, Maryland

March
1 - Valentines - Albany, New York
2 - Knitting Factory - New York, New York
4 - El Macombo - Toronto, Ontario
6 - Reggie’s Rock Club - Chicago, Illinois
7 - Magic Stick - Detroit, Michigan

February 19th is the North American release date for the self-titled debut from Kingdom Of Sorrow. It will be availble in Europe on February 25th. The CD will contain the following 11 songs: 'Hear This Prayer', 'Grieve', 'Piece It All Back', 'Led Into Demise', 'Demon Eyes', 'With Unspoken Words', 'Free The Fall', 'World', 'Ghosts', 'Begging', 'Buried In Black'.

Kingdom Of Sorrow's complete lineup is as follows:

Kirk Windstein of Down/Crowbar - vocals and guitars
Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed/Icepick - vocals
Steve Gibb of Crowbar/ex-Black Label Society - guitar
Derek Kerswill of Seemless/Unearth - drums
Matthew Brunson (local Nola freak) - bass

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Arson Anthem Reveal Debut EP Details

ARSON ANTHEM — the new project featuring Philip Anselmo (DOWN, ex-PANTERA) on guitar, Mike Williams (EYEHATEGOD) on vocals, Hank Williams III (SUPERJOINT RITUAL, ASSJACK) on drums and Collin Yeo on bass — will release its self-titled debut EP on February 19 via Housecore Records; a label created by Anselmo focusing on Phil's side projects and other artists he believes in. The track listing for the effort is as follows:

01. Year Of The Fork
02. Doomed Morale
03. Bunker Life
04. Hammer Them Out
05. Wrecked Like Clockwork
06. Cops Shoot Coke
07. The Avoider
08. Sri Lankan Medication

After losing everything in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Mike Williams moved into Philip's spare apartment. The two spent countless hours listening to Philip's collection of early hardcore bands; the timing was perfect to remedy this cabin fever. They began jamming with III and Collin Yeo, and this proved to be the crowning accession to complete this exploit.

ARSON ANTHEM's mission is to re-introduce the roots of painful amplification, raw production, and a TRUE "fuck-all" attitude to a movement within a new generation that's lost the meaning of less complicated ventures. The byway is to be similar to the original brutality of bands like NEGATIVE APPROACH, POISON IDEA, HELLHAMMER, DISCHARGE and VOID, amongst others. ARSON ANTHEM will never give way to what the societal masses want them to conform to, as by example their previous musical incarnations.

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Watch Philip Anselmo Perform With Rigor Mortis

Fan-filmed video footage of Philip Anselmo (DOWN, ex-PANTERA) joining reactivated Texas thrashers RIGOR MORTIS for the song "Re-Animator" on December 14, 2007 at Vino's in Little Rock, Arkansas can be viewed here.

RIGOR MORTIS performed with its original lineup consisting of Bruce Corbitt (TEXAS METAL ALLIANCE), Mike Scaccia (MINISTRY, REVOLTING COCKS), Casey Orr (MITRA, GWAR, X-COPS, THE HELLIONS, THE BURDEN BROTHERS), and Harden Harrison (MITRA, PERVIS, SPEEDEALER).

ARSON ANTHEM — the new project featuring Anselmo on guitar, Mike Williams (EYEHATEGOD) on vocals, Hank Williams III (SUPERJOINT RITUAL, ASSJACK) on drums and Collin Yeo on bass — supported RIGOR MORTIS for three shows (including the Little Rock concert) earlier in the month. More...

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Kingdom of Sorrow Announce New Album Release Dates

KINGDOM OF SORROW, featuring Jamey Jasta from HATEBREED and Kirk Windstein from DOWN/CROWBAR will release their self-titled debut on February 19th in North America via Relapse Records. The album will be available worldwide on February 25th.

Click here to pre-order an exclusive CD/t-shirt combo.

Live shows will be announced in January.

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Down Reveal More Tour Dates

More dates have been released for DOWN’s U.S. tour next year:

January 18 - Mobile, AL @ Soul Kitchen
January 19 - Birmingham, AL @ Workplay Theatre
January 20 - Lafayette, LA @ Grant St. Dance Hall
January 22 - Little Rock, AR @ The Village
January 23 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
January 25 - Springfield, MO @ Reminton’s
January 26 - Champaign, IL @ Canopy Club
January 27 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
January 29 - Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
January 30 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre
February 2 - Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
February 4 - Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
February 5 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Cafe
February 7 - Wantagh, NY @ Mulcahy’s
February 8 - Providence, RI @ Lupo’s
February 9 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
February 11 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
February 12 - New Haven, CT @ Toad’s
February 14 - Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
February 16 - Knoxville, TN @ Valarium
February 18 - Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
February 19 - Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
February 21 - New Orleans, LA @ Southport Music Hall

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