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Down IV Part I - The Purple EP EP
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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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Sure, "Purple" does take some adventurous strides, as it is the first ever E.P. to bear Down's name, features some epic track playing times (including three that clock in past the five-minute mark), and it also has the odd keyboard flourish from guest musician Ross Karpelman. So, as a result, it is not this NOLA-based quintet's most experimental offering to date -- as 2002's "Down II: A Bustle In The Hedgerow" takes that honor - but it is the second most experimental. Still, it is still packed to the brim with the usual Down goodies: Like godly -- and brutally heavy -- riffs, for one. As such, in the end, "Purple" sounds like the perfect follow-up to "Over The Under."
The short-player kicks off with "Levitation," which is fueled by pounding, crunching, churning, bottom-heavy, Crowbar-style pure doom riffage and densely booming rhythms.Read more ›
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Didn't quite measure up to their previous albums...no riffs stuck in my headPublished 10 months ago by Mike Frizzell
Great band with some great songs and cds but this was not their greatest workPublished 11 months ago by Jay314
This is a difficult album to review in my opinion. Every song on it is good, not really any song is great though. They're all just, good. Read morePublished 14 months ago by M. Matthew