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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.




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