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Down Releases Title

The tentative title of the forthcoming sophomore effort from New Orleans’ DOWN, featuring PANTERA vocalist Philip Anselmo, PANTERA bassist Rex Brown, C.O.C. drummer Jimmy Bower, C.O.C. guitarist Pepper Keenan, and CROWBAR guitarist Kirk Windstein, is The Backwood Heavies. As previously reported, The Backwood Heavies will be recorded during November/December at former UGLY KID JOE guitarist Dave Fortman’s Balance Studios in New Orleans, where CROWBAR laid down their most recent effort, Sonic Excess In Its Purest Form.

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In related news, New Orleans’ SOUTHERN ISOLATION (formerly BODY & BLOOD), which features in its ranks Phil Anselmo on guitar, Phil’s girlfriend Stephanie Opal on vocals, “Big” Ross Karpelman (CHRIST INVERSION) on keyboards, Kevin Bond (i.e. CHRIST INVERSION, CROWBAR, SUPERJOINT RITUAL) on bass, and Sid Montz on drums, will be issuing their self-titled MCD on October 30th via Baphomet/Housecore Records. The full track listing for the effort is as follows:

01. Blue Bird (Make You Shine)
02. I Got Lost in Myself Again
03. The Wall of You
04. Come Back and Let Me In (Going Down the Wrong Road)

Led by Opal—who is reportedly “readying herself to work closely knit with” DOWN on the aforementioned The Backwood Heavies CD—SOUTHERN ISOLATION‘s music is being described as “extremely moody [and] dark…with quite a homage to her roots that lay within her home roots of the south. Her full-length LP will be forthcoming… which [Opal] foresees as a record with elements ranging from hard rock to heavy metal with influences from BLACK SABBATH, ST. VITUS, DARKTHRONE, and CELTIC FROST,” according to SOUTHERN ISOLATION’s official web site at www.southernisolation.com. Commented Anselmo: “She is a breath of fresh air on a world of pre-programmed rap and hip-hop oriented drivel, full up to the hilt with mechanical lifelessness. All instruments are physically played by people!! Not programmed by pop-culture mongers out to sever the True vein of True musicians who want to carry on the perfect tradition of music from the late 60's to the mid 90's. And the scattered few modern bands that feel the same passion most of which lay in the deepest recesses of the underground (which still only compensate for a handful of bands). This is the goal of Baphomet/Housecore Records in general. Opal fits the mold perfectly. It will be a privilege and quite a ride to watch her grow as an artist and a personality, more to come...obviously.

"Opal is a true child of music. And the creativity level that the fruits of labor and endless nights locked in her bedroom have seemed to now be rewarding her. With being extremely aware of the ‘Chick Rock Band’ tag that somehow gets almost immediately branded to bands that are fronted by female artists, this ‘Chick Rock’ moniker can no way apply to Opal. These collections of songs for this particular EP are so goddamn heartfelt and real.. it is borderline uncriticizable [yeah, sure, Phil, whatever you say—ED]. Ignoring today’s trends of fabricated record company creations, or taking the fickled route of sounding like the flavor of the day. Opal comes off with a very surreal, mood developing, atmospheric masterpiece. Ranging from hints of Southern Rock to downright cosmic depressive. Her music paints a portrait of fathomless depths, but it doesn’t necessarily end there. For the hooks presented throughout each one of her songs are over the top in memorability. Automatically drawing you in and staying with you from the very first listen. Hooking up with me in 1995, I’ve watched Opal mature as a songwriter, and those damn hooks just pour out of her almost to the point of me being envious.. pure talent. That’s what made me decide to take her under my wing and push her to almost maddening levels fighting tooth and nail sometimes and being brought to tears (both of us) brought out some truly unbelievable results (I think I’ve punched holes in every door of our house). SOUTHERN ISOLATION is truly hard to label but that’s the beauty of creating music. I would imagine knowing her as well as I do I can’t help but love what she does and her as well. Another thing I can tell you about Opal is that she doesn’t give a f.ck if she sells 10 copies or 10,000 she just wants her music to be heard and I completely agree. She will most definitely reach a core audience that will adore her. The rest will be over studied by critics and If you don’t know how I feel about critics I’ll remind you….. Critics haven’t done a damn thing for me except criticize they don’t put a morsel of food on my table so they are swept under the ‘proverbial carpet of life’ and can kiss my super talented ass Thank You. This I’ve also instilled in Opal because music is her life and is taken extremely serious under the Anselmo roof. So, enjoy yourselves in listening to SOUTHERN ISOLATION, for the name speaks volumes about Opal and I. We’ve shut out that plastic robotic world outside of the one we’ve created, and our world suits us just fine. No gossip, no unneeded pressures, just the world of Baphomet/Housecore Records taking our angst out through the incredible escape in true music we shall never follow only lead."

Source: Blabbermouth

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