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In response to the justifiable backlash to his drunken white power salute at the end of the recent Dimebash, Phil Anselmo has stated to his bandmates in Down they move on without him. It is good he is drawing the line so as not to have others associated as much with his own struggle. Down should really just go on hiatus though as all the band members have other projects for the most part from C.O.C. to EHG. I can only really imagine Karl Agell from Kinghitter /Blind-era C.O.C. filling his shoes and that probably wouldn’t happen ever.

UPDATE: Pepper Keenan has released a related statement. Read it HERE. In addition a hometown DOWN show in NOLA has been axed by promoters. 

Personally, I feel like Phil was wasted and did something really dumb. I’m not apologizing for his actions but booze does not always reveal hidden tendencies. Sometimes it makes us stupidly insensitive and casual or out of control in hurtful ways. While his actions are reprehensible, you have to look at his whole life which also includes many moments of inclusiveness and even teaching people about the different cultural sub genres of heavy metal from nations around the world, including people of all stripes. There are as well plenty of times he was a hot mess and ranted and raved, it is true. Especially in the Superjoint Ritual early days.

He says below he is utterly responsible for his actions, which is a good start. And also intends to finally face the booze demons. As Kirk Windstein named one of the very best Crowbar albums…Sever The Wicked Hand, man. Maybe the crazy dude who shot Dimebag would have regretted if if he had lived but we will never know because he acted crazy and got his brains justifiably blown out for murdering one of the greatest guitarists of all time at a gathering of kindred metal fan spirits. Some actions have very high consequences for a reason. They are social safeguards that keep us from chaos and hatred.

Personally, I have hope for Phil and honestly believe he was amped up and being an idiot. Though I don’t think many will forgive this huge debacle anytime soon and as All Shall Perish in a very well spoken statement noted, it is a huge stain on Pantera’s legacy. I remember Phil said if he ever had the chance to do a Pantera tribute w the band minus Dime and with Wylde on guitar that he would train like an MMA fighter or some such to get back to where he once was. That, sadly, is not what happened.

As for Down, that is one of the very finest bands in the world and this is a huge blow to rock n roll. Though not as much of a blow as those who were hurt and heartbroken by his outburst. We live in an evolving time. Sometimes people are more sensitive than maybe is good but in this case? It is good these issues are being discussed. Vital. Look at the blood in our streets. #blacklivesmatter very much.

We also are really selective in what topics we address when it comes to outrage, as evidenced by emo kids who still scream along and laugh to Glassjaw’s  famed ,”Suck on the end of this dick that cums lead” lyric, for the first example that comes to mind. Just sayin’.

Scott Ian is 100% correct that Anselmo should donate to some charities.

Anselmo’s statement follows:

“Every citizen in this entire world has the unalienable right to live with dignity and respect without hate or oppression. And I mean this, with all of my crushed, yet, guilty heart. It’s common knowledge that we can choose to either learn from our mistakes, or continue on a path of insensitivity and destruction.

I am utterly responsible for the mistakes I have made, and can only give you my word to no longer do them in the present, through ACTION, not just mere words. My band mates are now experiencing the consequences of my behavior, and I now publicly apologize to them as well. Never in my entire lifetime would I drag them down with me, and I’ve privately suggested to them that they move on without me.

“My biggest obstacle(s) are the over-indulging in the booze and blurting out spiteful, ignorant reductions of the human spirit itself. I will address these issues, head-on. I’m repulsed by my own actions, and the self-loathing I’m going through right now is justified by the hurt I’ve caused. I realize we live in a society where apologies are NOT accepted easily, yet long for a day when they can be, but I also understand if I’m shunned till I hit the dirt.

“From the bottom of my heart, and with all sincerity, I once again am truly sorry for the pain I have caused. With truth, love, hope & respect- Philip H. Anselmo”

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Scott Ian of Anthrax (set to release what is likely the thrash album of the year For All Kings unless Megadeth prevail), is getting better with age like a thrashing metal vintage. Scott has urged Phil Anselmo to follow up on his apology with a donation to a Jewish charity to prove his contrition. Read more HERE.

That said, “Fuck The Middle East” by S.O.D. wasn’t such a great articulation of cultural relations either. Which pains me to type as I actually try to write something nice about Anthrax almost every day. Though obviously a very old song (which was said to be a “Pro-Israel” song) and not as bad as the nazi salute onstage wasted after jamming with a low profile d-lister like Dave Grohl. Oh, and the lyrics of “Speak English Or Die” are horrible, which a friend reminded me of on Facebook. I hope there is a quote somewhere saying that was satire. There must be or I can’t imagine I ever would’ve kept following S.O.D. or Anthrax. I’m just foggy and half baked right now.

The whole world needs more tolerance and love. Maybe it is smart that Ghost covered ABBA.

I hope with the passing of recent beloved musicians or relations (in my case) or even the Paris attacks showcasing fragile eggshells we stand on, that every breath is savored, that imagination and a wish to see and learn about cultures and the world fills everyone, the lust for life. I’m 37 and the desire to experience the world is only sharpened as I look at maps in an old Alan Furst ww2 setting novel, hear cries for unity from the metal community or communicate with new friend Eugene Tymchyk from Odessa’s Septa. we can all wash blood from our hands, embrace, discuss, rock, discover. Time is a resource. Remember that when you are standing around bitching or not accomplishing something you are literally sacrificing that moment forever. Choices.

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Well, here it is.

Hopefully sincere as many people (myself absolutely included) have often loved the guy and he has done great things. I’ve been pressed for time all week and so haven’t commented much except on Twitter and our Facebook wall about this.

Huge Down fan and wanted to not be biased by that as also no room for racism in scene. Plus, Shit…can’t we fucking have a week without drama? I’m even trying to put my own behind me. But shit has to get addressed when it comes up or lingers long unresolved, whatever the case.

Hate to learn the racism angle some have accused him of (such as some of the other allegations Rob Flynn mentioned, like calling The Burning Red the “nigger era” of  Machine Head, for example) might be true or a pattern.

I know people who know him well and say he is the funniest and nicest dude. Down just jammed with Living Colour.

When I met him at a Down signing on 9/11 in NYC years ago he was extremely friendly to all the fans of different races and genders. Which is why I was quick to defend Phil to at least be given benefit of a response to the accusations of racism. Also, Down’s Van Halen cover of “Aint Talkin’ Bout Love”  at that show in ’09 was...far beyond awesome and one of the best live moments of my life as a fan.

We need more discussion to evolve, and it is good he apologized. Flynn was seemingly wrong in that there maybe was white wine backstage (not that it is ar all a great excuse). While I am against censorship it was still a tasteless end to a rocking night of unity.

I feel bad for dude in that everyone knows how much pain he was in for years over Dimebag and for this to have happened while he was trashed at the end of a cathartic night must feel fucking crazy. Like, I hope dude does not shoot himself. Seriously. 

But, woah. Yeah, people are not psyched.

I think he can come back from this through continued frank discussion and taking the right steps. Even if he was a full time racist, American History X proves people can unlearn bad habits. Being really drunk sometimes leads to horribly casual/shitty language and irresponsible actions. I know once years ago at a concert after a devastating personal loss where I was drinking myself blind to mask the pain of deaths in my family I was so upset I got blind drunk on absinthe, beer and Wild Turkey and tried to make people beat me up /pile on the pain  by yelling horrible, horrible things (the little I recall).

And I am bi sexual (closeted at the time and VERY self loathing) and not racist at all. I love people.

Part of why I haven’t had a drink for three years out of grief and a desire to never blackout like that again.

Hopefully that is similarly the bottom line here and his cooking show doesn’t lose sponsors. \m/

It’s good he is admitting this hurt/shocked people. We all really need more healing in this world. Maybe it is time to mellow out and listen to some Alcest, everybody. Or some reggae.

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Down “Conjure” new sludge video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 6:41 AM (PST)

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Metal legends Down have premiered their new video for “Conjure” today via RevolverMag.com. The haunting and twisted ode to 70′s horror films was directed by JM Stelly and Chris Trainor at Lab Productions. Stelly previously worked with Corrosion of Conformity and Suicide Girls, while Trainor has collaborated with GWAR, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, EYEHATEGOD, and is the producer of Housecore TV. The track is featured on Down’s latest EP ‘Down IV – Part Two,’ which is now available for $5.00 on AmazonMP3.

Down bassist Pat Bruders says, “We had a lot of fun working with Stelly and Trainor to make something we think is special. Hope everyone likes it!”

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Pepper Keenan still in Down, re-joins Corrosion Of Conformity

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 1:53 PM (PST)

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Listening to John Garcia’s great kinda ZZ Top slow burner “The Blvd” and browsing online. I read some welcome news about a guitarist we all know and love.

Lambgoat is reporting that Pepper Keenan (aka The coolest mofo in showbiz) is still in NOLA sludge kings Down, despite also hitting the trail again with veritable punk rock AND southern metal institution Corrosion Of Conformity! COC confirmed he is back and doing a UK tour.

Corrosion of Conformity are reuniting with guitarist/vocalist Pepper Keenan for UK and European dates. Other than a few surprise appearances, this will be the first time Keenan has toured with the band since 2006. This will also be the first time the “Deliverance” lineup of the group has played together since 2001.

While IX was one of the better hard rock albums of 2014, you gotta love COC with Pepper as well. Any line up of the band is a real treat.

For dates see BELOW.

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Cardinal Points North American Metal Cover Art 2014 Poll

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 5:25 PM (PST)

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Which is the most metal North American album cover for 2014?

  • W- Mothership (Texas) MOTHERSHIP II (50%)
  • S-Down DOWN IV - Part II (25%)
  • E- Wretched (North Carolina) CANNIBAL (25%)
  • N- USA Out Of Vietnam (Montreal,Quebec) (0%)
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Click HERE to see the candidates artwork.

Banksy got arrested (or was that a hoax?) so we need to figure out this artwork stuff for ourselves now, right?

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Orange Goblin announce dates with Down

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 8:44 AM (PST)

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Orange Goblin are plundering North America again , this time with anti-heroes Down, the sludge lords from NOLA. This tour is sure to do Crom proud as barbaric riffery and doob smoke will rise from cracks in the Earth formed from massive chords, thumping toms and brain fuzzing solos. The hard rock gnosis of “The Devil’s Whip” will sear your rear with flame trails akin to old school Motorhead with a stoner rock meets English pub glow. Hardcore legends Bl’ast and firecrackers King Parrot are on this sucker as well, ragers.

Click HERE for dates and some music.

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Phil Anselmo responds to passing of C. Mitchell

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 8:54 AM (PST)

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Housecore Horror Film Festival co-founder/best-selling true crime author, Corey Mitchell, suffered a deadly heart attack early Monday morning at Emo’s, venue home of the event. Mitchell’s tragic and untimely passing follows the fest’s second epically successful weekend of metal and horror.

Said partner/Housecore Records head, Philip H. Anselmo, in an official statement:

“This is stunning. After a weekend of incredible bands, awesome horror films and masses of fantastic people, tragically, unexpectedly, and with heart-crushing reality, co-founder of The Housecore Horror Film Festival, Corey Mitchell, passed away Monday, October 27th 2014, after the event ended. This is devastating on so many levels, I can’t and won’t go into how tremendous a loss Corey’s untimely death truly is. I was introduced to Corey first and foremost as a best-selling crime author, and shortly after that meeting I agreed to have him as my co-writer of an unfinished novel I’d been working on. It was his idea to create a horror and film festival that would became The Housecore Horror Festival. He had a vision, and no one worked harder than him to see the event through. But forget festivals. Forget books. We lost a great friend. From all of us here at Housecore Records, we extend our utmost condolences to his wife, Audra, and his two beautiful young daughters. This is devastating on countless personal levels, and I’m finding it difficult to type these lines. We lost a brother. We lost a great man with a passion for everything that we love. He will be unfathomably missed… RIP Corey. His legacy will never be forgotten, nor will his friendship. With supremely heavy hearts, we mourn. Sincerely – Philip H. Anselmo”

 

Corey Mitchell was a Los Angeles Times and Borders International Group bestselling author of several true crime books including Hollywood Death Scenes, Dead And Buried, Murdered Innocents, Evil Eyes, Strangler, Pure Murder, and Savage Son. Mitchell was also the founder of the #1 true crime blog, In Cold Blog, a former blogger for the Discovery Channel’s Hollywood on Crime blog, contributor to MetalSucks, and the horror film festival blogger for Bloody Disgusting. Mitchell’s eighth true crime book, Teach Me To Kill, about the murder of Diane Tilly, will be released in the coming weeks. A fund is being set up to help Mitchell’s wife Audra and two daughters. Details to be announced soon.

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Zakk’s Blue Bullseye discovered in Chicago Pawn Shop

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 10:35 AM (PST)
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On March 14th, Zakk Wylde’s Pelham Blue Bullseye Gibson LP Custom Guitar was stolen from his tour bus in Chicago during the Experience Hendrix show at the Chicago Theater. It turned up at Royal Pawn, a Chicago area pawn shop that is the setting of truTV’s Hardcore Pawn reality TV show.

A more detailed report on the guitar’s discovery can be read in a yesterday’s story in the Chicago Tribune.

Black Label Society have been announced as the musical guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Tuesday, May 6.  The band will perform Angel of Mercy from their recently released album Catacombs of the Black Vatican, which debuted at #1 on the Independent, Rock and Metal charts and #5 on the Billboard 200.

Zakk recently took part in the REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS AWARDS, paying tribute to long time friend Dimebag Darrel by performing In This River.“ 


Catch Zakk Wylde on tour with Black Label Society, and special guests Down, at the FOLLOWING SHOWS.

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Phil_Anselmo-467x351 Metal maniac front man Phil Anselmo (Down, Pantera, Superjoint Ritual, etc.) has teamed up with author Corey Mitchell for the first ever Housecore Horror Film Festival. The Housecore Horror Film Festival, which will include live music and movie screenings, will take place in Austin, Texas and will take place from October 25-27th, 2013.

Tickets will cost $149 for three day passes.

So far Down, Crowbar and Philip H. Anselmo & the Illegals have all been announced to perform at the three day event.

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Phil Anselmo interviews 50 Cent for BoxingInsider.com

Posted by SeanB on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 8:36 AM (PST)

If you didn’t already know (I didn’t) ex-Pantera and current Down frontman Phil Anselmo is a contributing writer for BoxingInsider.com and is by his own admission utterly and completely removed from pop culture. Interestingly enough, this time around Phil gets to interview rapper 50 Cent. Overall it’s a good read especially if you’re a boxing fan and pretty entertaining. It starts out like this:

“I am so far removed from pop-culture, it’s pitiful. My foundations (for those of you who know me) are well laid and stern to the point of outright deafening indifference . . . especially when it comes to boxing . . and music.

But fuck all that, that’s my problem.

So, with an intro like the above reads, I gotta say, when I was assigned an interview with 50-Cent, I had no clue who the man was.

Seriously.

Call me morbid, call me pale, call me a victim of pugilistic dementia, but I must say, speaking to this man was an interesting experience. I was beyond impressed with his smarts, his sense of humor, his accomplishments and his future plans.

Despite my hardheaded “opinions” when it comes to the music that pops up randomly on my i-pod, as people go, 50-Cent was, and is, a super class act, and deserves all the accolades he gets.”

To read the whole interview over at BoxingInsider.com click here.

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Video: Down – Witchripper

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 9:41 AM (PST)

NOLA sludge metal band Down have released a video for the song “Witchripper” off their recently released album, Down IV Part I – The Purple EP. The album is a follow up to the bands 2007 release, Down III: Over the Under, and is the first in a series of four EP’s to be released over the next four years.

You can watch the video here.

Frontman Philip Anselmo commented: “Down gives me the platform to be poetic and paint imagery with lyrics, That’s the approach I took. They complement the music and create an ominous feeling. Ultimately, when people consume the words, it’s always their interpretation that matters. I could be image-conscious though when I wrote. It’s not so gut level or street. The darker shit is some of my favorite.”

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Down’s Phil Anselmo says recording albums is “draining and taxing”

Posted by Metal Dude on Monday, September 17, 2012 at 7:32 PM (PST)

In a recent interview with, Dave “Higgo” Higgins of “Distortion”, which airs on Australia’s long-running rock station Triple M, Down singer Phil Anselmo explained why the band’s decision to record EPs instead of a full-length studio album. He states:

“People talk about four EPs. “We brought it up, of course, and then the press has taken that and run with it. I think it is the big plan, I think we can do it, and to me, to do EPs is so much easier. To apply ourselves, as busy as we are, to a 10-song, 12-song full-length record these days, it’s draining, it’s taxing. And for me, when you do something like that, there’s more probability of a song being considered a filler-type song. With an EP, you can concentrate on four songs, or six songs, or whatever it is. You can concentrate on those particular tracks and not this big, drawn-out thing. It’s just easier. And in theory, hopefully, quicker to get product out, because once again, we are liars. We’ve told the press, we’ve told people friends and crowds of people, ‘Yeah, we’ve got something new in the works, and it’ll be out next year.’ And five years later, we’re talking about it still. So I’m not promising jack to anybody, but I’ll say that, hey, the four EPs are in the plans, it’s in the works, and I think, once again, in theory, it’s the way to go, brother.”

The new Down EP, Down IV: Part I The Purple EP, will be released tomorrow.

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Down streams new EP in its entirety

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 10:07 AM (PST)

NOLA sludge metal band Down are streaming their entire new, six song, EP Down IV: Part I The Purple EP before its release on September 18. This will be the bands first album featuring  new bassist, Rex Brown, and their first release since the 2007 Down III: Over the Under.

You can listen to it here.

Frontman Phil Anselmo had the following to say about the length of the new album.
“It’s about getting people more music quicker. It’s obviously easier to knock out six songs rather than 12 songs. Me personally, I hate doing full-length records ’cause it drains the f*** out of you. And (an EP) leaves ways less chance for songs that you’d consider filler songs to get through. I think it’s the healthiest way for Down to continue to get music out on a reasonable schedule.”

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Live Video: Down perform brand new song “The Misfortune Teller”

Posted by SeanB on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 10:00 AM (PST)

Some pretty descent quality fan filmed footage of heavy metal supergroup Down performing a new song has turned up online.  The song is called “The Misfortune Teller” and is set to appear on a late summer 2012 Roadrunner release that will be part of a four part EP set called Down IV.  One album is planned to be released every year and the first is supposedly ready to go.

This particular footage was shot May 21 at Orange Peel in Asheville, North Carolina and can be seen here.

Frontman Phil Anselmo recently spoke on the new material:

“very stripped down. Nothing flashy. Straight to the point… really just Down music. If you liked the first record, the demos… something like that… This record, we’re pretty dead straight and honest and on the money as far as making it as simple and direct as possible and I think we did that. . . It has that practice-room vibe to it. We didn’t really try and fucking slick it out and anything. We went the more raw route, as far as an approach.”

Down’s last release was 2007′s Down III: Over The Under and the band has reportedly been working on new material since 2008.

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