I do believe that we have delivered a record that will be accepted and hopefully enjoyed by the DOWN horde — if you will…If you're looking for a DOWN record, it's very pure and real.
-Phil Anselmo, Rolling Stone Interview
As a proud member of the "DOWN horde", I had very high expectations for this release. These expectations soared even higher when I listened to Witchtripper (and then listened over and over and over again), a song I think already deserves to be named one of the best Metal songs of 2012. With its gloomy and spooky purple cover art, Down IV Part 1 is the first in a series of EPs due to come out over the next few years. After listening to this EP several times through, I would say this "Purple EP" is a strong, if slightly uneven first chapter to the new DOWN saga. (more…)