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Down IV Part I - The Purple EP

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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)

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Most typical southern band bios start with the cliché and overused phrase "from the murky swamps" or "bayou born and bred". Those sentiments, while holding some air of truth, are too redundant for Down. Down isn't your typical 'Southern' band. This is a band, however, molded and twisted by their environment. Passionate, focused, hanging on to their NOLA ... Read more in Amazon's Down Store

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  • Audio CD (September 18, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: DOWN RECORDS
  • ASIN: B008MZPVP4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,817 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Levitation
2. Witchtripper
3. Open Coffins
4. The Curse Is A Lie
5. This Work Is Timeless
6. Misfortune Teller

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Hard rock pioneers Down present their first new studio tracks in 5 years. The aptly titled EP One is the first in a series of four EP's planned for release, and marks the band's first studio release since 2007's Down III: Over the Under. Hailing from New Orleans, Down features Philip Anselmo, PepperKeenan, Kirk Windstein and Jimmy Bowery. Down's ground breaking music combines elements of Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd, andeverything in between, setting them apart from anything in the market today.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Down IV Begins September 18, 2012
Format:Audio CD
As Phil and Co. have stated, "The Purple EP" will be the first of four, each to highlight a different element of the band's sound. This is officially supposed to be the "heavy" one, sparking a buzz (so to speak) with Down fans. All six songs are intended to concentrate on the more in-your-face, upbeat, energetic side of Down.

For this reason, some are comparing it to NOLA. That's not a bad comparison, but I'm hearing a little of everything that makes Down heavy. The first track, Levitation, starts with a slow, doomy crawl, before shifting into an up-tempo metal vibe reminiscent of Down II. Next, Witchtripper steps up the pace with a Sabbath-inspired headbanger that could've been on NOLA. Track three, Open Coffins, gets slower, with a mix of doom and bluesy metal that would fit on any Down album. The Curse Is A Lie continues in similar fashion, with plenty of Iommi-like riffs, some that crunch and others that soar, but with an underpinning of mid-paced doom. This Work Is Timeless is a true Down stomper; short, sweet, and full of muscle. The last song, Misfortune Teller is a seven-minute epic spanning nearly every aspect of Down's metal roots. It's a powerful way to end the first installment of Down IV.

In the vocal department, Phil sounds like Phil. He hasn't varied too much on any release aside from dropping the screams that characterized NOLA, and you won't hear many on this. On Down III, I thought he sounded a little thin, like he'd lost some of the power behind his singing voice. On this EP, he sounds more like he did on Down II. The bellow is there, as well as the nuance Phil has always injected, making him one of metal's most compelling vocalists. Basically, getting this EP is a no-brainer if you like Down, doom, sludge, heavy rock, or metal. You really can't go wrong with these guys.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sludge blues and the lyrics. September 25, 2012
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The sludge blues sound is perfected on this record for the second time in down's career. What im saying is that they were one thing when they perfected it with NOLA but now they're something different. a slight reinvention.
So the bass is great, sad to see Rex gone but replacement Pat Bruders might be even bigger shoes to fill if he ever leaves. Maybe. What I really enjoy on this new EP is the lyrics. Phil is on another level. A new level, if you will. Every riff on this slab is fantastic and oozing with blue sludge. Blue sludge to represent blues and sludge metal. hahaha anyway, I just think if youre a Down fan you wont regret buying this. It's killer.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Down IV September 18, 2012
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Ever since I saw an interview months ago from Kirk Windstein about the plans for doing several ep's I have been anxiously awaiting this release. For those who do not know this is part 1 of a set of 4 ep's the band will be releasing over the next year. With that being said, here is what you need to know.

This ep contains six tracks and the total running time is around 33 minutes. The songs on this release seem to be a little more doom then on previous releases however they still keep the signature sound that the band is known for. Also, the sound quality on this was a little unexpected. I wouldn't say it's full dynamic range or anything however the volume is not as high as what so many other releases are. The music sounds warm and full.

If you are a fan of Down, there is no reason not to buy this. Each song on this album is awesome in every way. There is no filler on this album.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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There's not much to say except that this is a really great CD and you will be satisfied if you buy it. The sound is hard driving, dark deep and groovy. The more you listen the better it gets. Phil is back in top form as well; I'm looking forward to the next one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A slab of awesomeness! October 5, 2012
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I actually knew right away I was going to like this short record upon first listen. I was drawn in by the thick Sabbathy sound. Now that I have listened a few more times I am loving it. Sludgy, heavy, and really good writing.

I can't stop listening and that doesn't happen to me that often these days.

This album really does kick.

And to think, we have 3 more EP's on the way.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Down - Down IV Part 1 - The Purple EP September 27, 2012
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Down IV Part I - The Purple EP is a six track, 33.18 minute release by the American Doom/Sludge/Stoner Rock supergroup Down from September 2012. It is the first in a series of EPs that collectively form a complete body of work known as Down IV but which each stand up as individual releases and which are all sequenced to show one particular element of the band's overall sound.

If you are unfamiliar; Down's line-up features Pantera's Phil Anselmo on vocals, Corrosion Of Conformity's Pepper Keenan on guitar, Eyehategod's Jimmy Bower on the drums (who has also played with Pepper and Phil in C.O.C and Superjoint Ritual respectively), Crowbar's Kirk Windstein on guitar and now Crowbar's Pat Brudders on bass, replacing Pantera's Rex Brown who in turn had previously replaced Crowbar's Todd Strange.

Generally, if you like any of the individual bands from which the band members previously come then there is a good (though not 100% guaranteed) chance that Down will suit your tastes, and they are definitely a band worth listening to for any fans on the Doomy, Stonery end of the Metal spectrum.

Stylistically, The Purple EP concentrates on the heavier, doomier and most Sabbath-influenced aspects of the band's sound, ignoring the softer acoustic moments or bluesier leanings that intermittently appeared throughout their previous three studio albums. This is both the EP's greatest strength and weakness, as it delivers one complete set of matching tracks in a cohesive and uninterrupted whole, but could equally be accused of being samey or lacking variety if you weren't feeling particularly generous.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Music CD
Bought it as a Christmas present for my future son in law. He was really surprised and likes the music.
Published 1 month ago by Lynne Klein
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad, But Probably Down's Worst Release
Im a pretty big Down fan, and have listened to all of their records, and i can safely say that in my opinion, this is Down's worst release. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jesse Hrehoruk
4.0 out of 5 stars Not their best, still great heavy music
So I've been a huge fan of Down's music since their epic first album NOLA. Their latest EP is not the epic-ness that was NOLA, and I found myself not drawn in on the first few... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dale Whitehead
3.0 out of 5 stars Trudges along just fine.
It's good, not great. More midspeed sludge rock from great fellas. I want to like it more, it's just not something I think I'll be revisiting much. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rob C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Down album yet
This album brings all of the things I love about Down to the table. If you like NOLA you will love The Purple EP.
Published 6 months ago by Kelly H
2.0 out of 5 stars DOWN
EVery album is great but their best albums were the first couple. This album is decent but not their best effort.
Published 6 months ago by Travis J.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
Im crazy about this band. Ive followed them since day 1 and they have continued to grow musically and remain interesting.
Published 9 months ago by John Michael Myers
2.0 out of 5 stars Still not a fan
Not sure why but I've bought every Down cd they've put out in the hopes that they would grow on me. That still hasn't happened. They come close but it's just not quite there. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Joseph T. Flask
5.0 out of 5 stars Down is Down
The Purple EP doesn't disappoint at all how can you go wrong with songs like open coffin and misfortune teller
Published 11 months ago by Dave
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible
Just a Horrible album the guy singing sounds like a f'n girl and the f'n guitars are horrible along with everything else dont buy or download this album or band.
Published 12 months ago by Warren
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