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'Down IV Part 1 - The Purple EP'
(Roadrunner Records)

Daryl Soar

daryl soar

down the purple ep

As an EP it can never amount to a musical buffet yet it is enough to satisfy.

An EP longer than a Slayer album and part of a series. Good omens? In the past whenever I've heard such grand plans for multiple releases and beautiful concepts I have been filled with excitement right up to the point of listening to the final product. I didn't wait to use my illusion on this one and I'm glad. Levitating above an extended intro thunders the opening song and it screams Down with every word and beat of a drum.

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As the songs went on, a shadow prowled around the back of my mind; derivative. Could this be the nail in the coffin I asked myself, but I persevered. Thank goodness I did. Derivative, like evolution is a misused word often loaded with veiled implications. Which brings us neatly back to 'The Purple'.

Down have gone as far as delivering a fresh new slice of the stoner feast. Cooking up what is more akin to munchy food than fine dining but for the price of burger is it reasonable to expect more? As an EP it can never amount to a musical buffet yet it is enough to satisfy.

There are plenty of new ideas mixed in with the familiar riffing and grinding vocals. Fans of Down shouldn't be disappointed. I personally can't wait for the next installment which I will grab as soon as it becomes available. None of the songs have great pace but they do have Down's hallmark unstoppable momentum.

As you can see from the tracklist the EP has all the joy of the previous offerings. I've never really had a decent grasp of Anselmo's lyrics and 'The Purple' is proving to be no exception. It's all about expression and phrases (five minutes alone) that give the listener a chance to bring their own emotional response.

1. Levitation 5:00
2. Witchtripper 3:49 (Single out now)
3. Open Coffins 5:44
4. The Curse 6:01
5. This Work Is Timeless 3:43
6. Misfortune Teller 9:05

A couple of listens through and I'm convinced Down have done enough. If I think of albums I'd rate as 4 and up, this doesn't quite match up but anything less seems too harsh.





Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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