Down Books Appearance At Graspop Metal Meeting For “NOLA 25 Tour”

The long-rumored Down reunion is in effect for 2020! The first date of a presumed world tour celebrating the Stoner-Doom supergroup’s legendary debut album NOLA releasing twenty-five years ago next year will begin at Graspop Metal Meeting. The band features current and former members of southern metal greats Pantera, EyeHateGod, COC, Crowbar, Honky and more. The fest takes place June 18-20 in Belgium and added seventy new bands to the bill today, including Down. The announcement comes less than a month after singer Philip Anselmo revealed that the band was in talks to reunite in 2020 for some shows in celebration of the 25th anniversary. No word if former members like co-founder Kirk Windstein (Crowbar, Kingdomm of Sorrow, Rex Brown (Pantera), or the recently retired again Todd Strange will participate. Continue reading

Kirk Windstein (Crowbar/Down) Shares New Video, Debut Solo Album Due Next Year

One of the architects of Southern Metal and Sludge, Kirk Windstein is bringing forth his debut solo album. Best known for his work in Crowbar, Down and Kingdom of Sorrow, Windstein will release his debut solo album, Dream in Motion, January 24, 2020 via eOne Music. Kirk handled all vocal duties, guitars, and bass on the album, with drums and effects by longtime producing partner and collaborator, Duane Simoneaux (Crowbar, Down, Exhorder). The album features new originals and The a faithful rendition of ‘Aqualung’, the title track of Jethro Tull’s 1971 masterpiece. Directed by Justin Reich (Black Label Society, Royal Thunder), watch the video for the title track now! Continue reading

Philip Anselmo Expresses Interest in a Down Reunion for 2020

In a new interview with Metal Underground, Philip Anselmo has expressed interested in a Down reunion in 2020/. Next year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Stoner Doom supergroup’s (Pantera, COC, Crowbar, EyehateGod) debut album Nola (East/West). Anselmo, whose 51st birthday was yesterday June 30th, also shared that any Down reunion must include Kirk Windstein who left the band several years ago to concentrate on Crowbar, be respectful of the many members’ projects, as well as his lack of interest in his Superjoint project any longer. Continue reading

Pantera’s “Far Beyond Driven” Turns 25 Years Old

It’s the mid-nineties and while the economy is flourishing, our president gets cool points for playing the sax on television and we have Super Metroid, we still found the need to complain. And of all the things to moan about during that decade, one of the silliest is to decry the lack of decent metal. Did we all suddenly forget that Pantera dropped possibly the heaviest release to debut atop the Billboard Top 200 in Far Beyond Driven (Eastwest)? Continue reading

The Mound Builders – The Mound Builders

After seven years of relative silence since their debut, the excellently monikered The Mound Builders use the opening minute of their self-titled sophomore album (Failure Records and Tapes) to well and truly set the scene. There’s a triumphant opening chord ringing out, with more than a hint of Volume 4 (Vertigo) about its tone, Ryan Strawsma hits a vintage clanking bass run and the swinging drums come in. By the time Jim Voelz’ raw shouts come in on top, we’re well underway to establishing this is going to be a fun, riffy, High On Fire fuelled uptempo Sludge Metal romp, with all the essential hints of Hardcore to pepper things up. Continue reading

Burning Vow – Burning Vow

We’re nearing the end of another year and no doubt we’re all scrabbling together our now mandatory album of the year lists, all the while agonizing over those handful of records that we leave out or forget, to showcase our personal highlights and the standouts that will be used in future years as a signifier for the high quality of music 2018 has bestowed upon us. Continue reading