Album Reviews

Part II
Down – IV – Part II
8.0
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Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 16:46
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Thomas

Rather than releasing a new album, Down decided to releases a series of EPs. Which basically means there’s just more Down to go around because just like the first EP, the second one clocks in at well over 30 minutes, which is a lot of Sabbath worship to be contained on one EP.

From the menacing “Steeple” to the groovy “We Knew Him Well” with Anselmo in crooner mode, the band’s signature style is very much in effect here with “Conjure” as an absolute highlight. It’s eight and a half minutes of sludgy, downtrodden riffs and a general sense of unease.

‘Part II’ is the first Down release without Kirk Windstein, who wanted to focus on Crowbar. It’s hard to tell he’s gone though because his replacement Bobby Landgraf – a longtime guitar tech for the band – stepped up to the challenge and delivers right alongside Pepper Keenan. There is zero filler on here and the only question is how they are going to top it on part III.