Down IV Part II

May 13, 2014 | Format: MP3

$4.99
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8:31
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 13, 2014
  • Release Date: May 13, 2014
  • Label: Down
  • Copyright: 2014 Down Records
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  • Total Length: 36:42
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  • ASIN: B00IVDC3A8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,779 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Best work since Nola.
Jason Rumbaugh
I've listened to this EP about a dozen times and, while it probably won't get as much play time as NOLA, the more I listen to it the more I love it.
Tommy-O!
They never fail to impress regardless of lineup changes and the like.
SMartz1

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Hill TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 13, 2014
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It's always exciting when new Down music drops, but even more exciting when the early response is mostly positive. I'll add my voice to the chorus praising "Down IV, Part 2," a collection of six songs that ooze with swampy, blues-driven, metallic doom in the best Down tradition. Part Sabbath tribute, part C.O.C. spawn, part Southern metal, Down finds room for it all on the second EP of a promised four, which together will comprise the band's fourth album. Phil said before the first one that they would each feature a different aspect of the band's sound, and that the first one would be the "heavy"one. If that's the case, then I guess Part 2 is the "heavier" EP. The riffs are much thicker and more menacing than on Part 1. To use Sabbath as a reference point, this EP is musically more "Master of Reality" than "Vol. 4." Phil's vocals are much more aggressive, too, adding to the heavier feel. He did a bit more singing on Part 1 than what he does here, and much less screaming. One of the features that made NOLA a classic was the interplay between Phil's Southern-tinged singing and his all-out screaming. I'm not saying he does it as much as the old days here, but he uses it some, and that's better than almost none.

You might be aware that Down has parted ways with original guitarist Kirk Windstein, and before that, longtime bassist Rex Brown. I think they prove beyond a shadow of a doubt here that the essential sound of the band comes from Phil's vocals, Pepper's guitar, and Jimmy' s drumming. Take one of those guys out and I wouldn't think of it as Down anymore, but the essentials are here, so the sound is, too. My early favorite from Part 2 is "Sufferer's Year," which I'm beginning to like more than anything from Down II, III, or the first EP.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tommy-O! on May 25, 2014
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I've been following Down since the '90's, NOLA is one of my all-time favorite albums. I learned to love II and III floored me (let's not talk about the live album, ok?). My initial response to every release has always been to compare it to NOLA, but after all these years I've finally learned that each release is it's own entity. That is what Down really is, the guys are making the music they want to make, not what they think we should be hearing. Down will always grow and change and as a result, will always offer something new and the 2nd EP is no different. Each song is an adventure, twisting and turning through the dark forests of the minds of the band. Yes, it may sound a bit familiar, especially if you listen to the two EPs back-to-back. I've listened to this EP about a dozen times and, while it probably won't get as much play time as NOLA, the more I listen to it the more I love it. Support heavy music!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Leadhead09 on May 13, 2014
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This album is the one us Down fans have been waiting for. This is the best since "II: Bustle In Your Hedgerow" and might be better actually. Aggressive, totally unpredictable and the production is spot on. FINALLY!!! I think Kirk leaving and the new guitarist (tech) now playing added some much needed freshness to the band...Just listen to "We Knew Him Well". You'll agree.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven K. Baker on May 23, 2014
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I couldn't imagine these guys without the great Kirk Windstein, and yet I'm now completely blown away. Part 1 was supposed to be the heavyweight champ, but it just got knocked off. This is their best recording to date. What a dream of a recording mix. Phil is getting pretty adept at knowing how a mixing board works. His vocals jump out in 60 dimensions from 60 directions. This is the best thing I have heard since Reign In Blood. Crush your face in with this and buy it now. Mosh pit record of the year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 16, 2014
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A fantastic way to end Part IV. I love every song, not one bad riff, not one part skipped. AMAZING
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Down IV Part 2 is the American Metal super-group Down’s 2014 release. As its title suggests, it is the second in a series of EPs released under the Down IV title, following up 2012’s “Down IV Part I – The Purple EP.” It was produced by Michael Thompson along with the band themselves and released independently.

This was the band’s first official release without longtime member Kirk Weinstein of Crowbar fame, who is replaced here by Bobby Landgraf. Ironically, this EP is probably closer in sound to Crowbar than to Pantera, Eyehategod or Corrosion Of Conformity (the other groups besides Crowbar that the band are usually associated with).

First up, for an EP, this is actually pretty substantial, a total running time of almost 37 minutes leaves it longer than many albums anyway.

The focus of songwriting this time around seems to focus on the heavier, mid-paced side of the band’s repertoire. I don’t think the distinction between EPs 1 & 2 is all that strict, as in, its not a clear cut case of one has all the fast songs, one has all the slow songs, or one has all the basic songs and the other has all the progressive songs. This EP is essentially more of the Down mid-ground. Its not the most “instant” release in their catalogue, and may take a few spins to really get to grips with, but if you give it the time it asks for, you’ll get the rewards it promises.

Highlights include the brief “Hogshead/Dogshead,” and “Sufferer’s Years,” which is particularly catchy with its “I hate this time of year” sing-along, and the fat ‘60s/’70s sounding riffs in the pre-chorus. It is a nice mixture of the bands Doom, Sludge & Stoner sides, approaching vintage Hard Rock in 2014 from multiple angles.
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