Release Review: Down – Down IV – Part II

When the immortal question gets asked, “Pantera or Down, which do you prefer?” I am one of the very few to say Down. As you can tell by recent articles on Down (Nola, Down II: A Bustle in Your Hedgerow, Down III: Over the Under, Down IV – Part I), I love them! This obviously made Down IV – Part II one of the most anticipated releases of the year for me. Considering how well the EP format worked on Down IV – Part I, I was expecting great things for Part II.

Starting with the ominous opener ‘Steeple’, which wields dual melancholic Black Sabbath-esque guitar riffs with Phil’s growling over them. After a minute of this, tension builds before the band let loose some classic fast-paced stoner down. Single ‘We Knew Him Well’ is a constant reminder that the band are seriously talented and capable of writing mammoth riffs and songs. Bobby Landgraf is a fine replacement for Kirk Windstein (who has gone to work on Crowbar full time), it’s almost as if Kirk hasn’t left at all. However, this EP certainly is more Sabbath and doom inspired than previous efforts; the guitar and bass work on ‘Conjure’ is pure Sabbath! ‘Sufferer’s Years’ is pure Down while fused with groove metal, the guitar solos are bliss and Phil’s signature vocals have not sounded this strong since NOLA. 

Down’s latest release is up there with their finest work. If the EP format is here to stay, then I welcome parts III and IV.

Down IV Part 2

1. Steeple
2. We Knew Him Well
3. Hogshead/Dogshead
4. Conjure
5. Sufferer’s Years
6. Bacchanalia

Down IV Part 2 Line Up

Down on Down IV – Part II are:
Philip Anselmo – Vocals
Pepper Keenan – Guitar
Bobby Landgraf – Guitar
Pat Bunders – Bass
Jimmy Bower – Drums

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About Jack (874 Articles)
I am a recent graduate from the University of Essex in Colchester where by the luck of Odin I met the editor, Dom. I first got into metal when I was 13 and now I am 22 and own an uncountable amount of band T-shirts. I also regularly attend gigs (local and in neighbouring areas) as well as festivals. My musical taste is varied; I like nu metal (my first love), thrash, black, death, doom, folk, sludge (my favourite genre), symphonic and many more of the multiple genres that metal has to offer, I even like some metalcore (I know it's a dirty word within some metal circles but some of it is outstanding). One of my most memorable metal moments was meeting Grand Magus at the Bloodstock signing tent and having the whole tent to myself, spending a few minutes talking to them.

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