Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Doom Metal, Stoner/Desertrock | Heft: Jahrgang 2014, eclipsed Nr. 162 / 7-8-2014 | VÖ-Jahr: 2014 | Wertung: 9/10 | Label: Roadrunner | Autor: NM
As far as longplayers are concerned, Down are not exactly known for their quick shots. About seven years ago the last regular album "Over The Under" was released. After "Down IV Part One" (2012) the grandmasters of the lava sound around singer Phil Anselmo (Ex-Pantera) and guitarist Pepper Keenan (Corrosion Of Conformity) present another EP. But this is more than an appetizer With almost 37 minutes not only a decent playing time is offered. The accustomed Stoner-Doom strengths underline the outstanding class of this band once again in hypnotic sound power. Two tracks stand out. The opener "Steeple" is already after the first run no one can get rid of; here rawness unites with howling epic tension arcs, for which doom metal icons like Candlemass are more known. And the final number "Bachhanalia" offers its very own slow-motion Southerner barrel rock, which produces maximum effect with the simplest means. Despite the sometimes somewhat bulky tracks in between, the quartet continues where Black Sabbath left off on "13". This EP makes you want more!
Top track: Steeple