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Down IV Part I - The Purple EP EP

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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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  • Audio CD (September 18, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: DOWN RECORDS
  • ASIN: B008MZPVP4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
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By J. Hill TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 18, 2012
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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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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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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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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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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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Five whole years have passed since Down kicked out some new material, as they delivered their third-full-length effort, "Down III: Over The Under," in 2007. In that time, the side-project supergroup -- which is comprised of Pantera's frontman Phil Anselmo, Corrosion Of Conformity's guitarist Pepper Keenan, Crowbar/Kingdom Of Sorrow axeman Kirk Windstein, Goatwhore bassist Patrick Bruders, and Eyehategod/Crowbar drummer Jimmy Bower -- have made plans for releasing four E.P.'s. And they have written and recorded the first of these four, 2012's "The Purple E.P." But anybody wondering if that five-year anticipation leading up to this release has made the songs on this six-track short-player sound over-polished/produced and slick-sounding was sorely mistaken. Indeed, Down are still as brutal and gritty-sounding now as they were when they debuted in 1995.

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.
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