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Down don’t have time for a full album, and we don’t have the patience

I’m 26. What that means is that I’m still relatively young, but I’m not really young anymore. People who are my age can relate, and people who are older can probably remember. It’s a weird period of life, because you’re definitely not old, but you’re still way older than teenagers.

I talked to a girl the other day, and found out she was born in ’92. I couldn’t believe how mature she looked considering 1992, to me, feels like 10 years ago. But it’s not 10 years ago, is it? So am I turning into an old man? The same old man who doesn’t understand the new generation, and remembers how good it was in his day? The same old man I used to laugh at as a kid? Probably.

Here’s why: When I was a kid, CDs were relatively new to me, but my favorite band releasing an album meant I’d have to go to the store and find it. The search itself was part of the fun — Browsing through the letters, desperately finding the artwork I saw on TV, that was a quest, man. Then I’d get the album but I couldn’t listen to it until I got home. I mean, sure, I had a portable CD player (that was so high tech in those days), but I didn’t want to risk damaging the CD (it was a Sony Walkman, but for some reason I didn’t trust it with new discs) so I just waited until I got home.

So I get home and play the first song while I’m reading the booklet. Man, those were the days, right? I even touched on this subject in my interview with Megadeth’s Dave Ellefson.

But those days are over. Because today, people want things NOW. Not tomorrow, not when they get to the store, right now. This very instant. Doesn’t matter if they’re on their tablet taking a shit, or at work streaming porn on their smartphones. They want it all, and they want it right now. And without going into an obvious Queen pun, I have to mention that they expect it to be free, also. The world has changed, and even though I was down with technology since I was young, I still feel like a dinosaur.

How does this relate to Down and Mr. Anselmo? Read on to find out, although let’s not pretend like this bullshit rant is going anywhere.


Down EP details

30 minutes ago Down reveiled the tracklisting of their upcoming EP. The songs are apparently in no particular order, because Phil Anselmo couldn’t remember the order.

“Track listing for upcoming EP. Philip says it’s “a very pure doom metal record”.
In no particular order:
The Misfortune Teller
… The Curse Is A Lie
Open Coffins
This Work Is Timeless”


“Very pure Doom Metal,” huh? Phil said so, huh? He could have said anything really, from Death Metal to Black Metal to Epic Transylvanian Power Folk Metal. You just can’t understand the man’s babbling. He’s probably still talking now, 30 minutes later, so they just posted whatever that thought they could make out from what he said. And I use the word “said” very loosely here.

Oh well, I’m looking forward to it either way. I bet they’ll cleverly call it Down IV, so Anselmo doesn’t get confused.


Shh! There’s a secret in Down!

Apparently there’s more to Rex’s departure from Down than what he said. Something ‘personal’ happened between them, but they don’t want to talk about it.

I know, two former Pantera members split and they aren’t trashing each other in the press? What the hell is wrong with these people?


It’s really a two-part thing. Part one is that it really kind of ran its course. Part two is kinda personal. I’ll anser any fucking thing you wanna ask me, but certain things are personal. But I spoke to Rex for 45 minutes at the end of last week, and he’s sounding great. […] He’s still a great, great friend.

Said Kirk “140 characters or less” Windstein. I wonder what Phil had to say. Good thing this is text and not video, cause it would have taken him ages to respond. Anyway…

Rex is a brother of mine, and we made somewhat of a pact that we would not tread on each other in various interviews. So I’m gonna stick with what is the truth: that he had different ideas about what a band should be.

Read full article here.

So they’re both keeping it quiet? Then it’s anyone’s guess, really. My guess is: Rex and Phil were playing Snap. Phil obviously took 5 minutes each time to yell “Snap!,” making Rex the winner all the time. Phil got annoyed, shit hit the fan.

When asked for a comment, Phil said “Mmm….” and then took 10 minutes to finish the sentence.


Rex has no beef with anyone in Down, yo

Even though Rex quit Down and got into another band, apparently there’s no animosity between them.

There’s no animosity there whatsoever; I talk to Philip all the time. It was [time for a] change, man. I met the Kill Devil Hill guys and it was time for a change — for me, musically. And that’s the way it down.

Read full article here.

Good, keep it that way. Phil’s been in enough feuds with former bandmembers, no need for a new one.

Glad I’ve seen Down live with Rex though. 1/2 of Pantera, can’t go wrong with that.


Watch a Down concert without moving your lazy ass

If you’re too lazy, or cheap, or live too far away, to go to a Down concert then this is your lucky day. I’m pretty much your fairy god mother, only more foul-mouthed and less friendly (plus my balls are hairier).

Start by watching the video above, (taken from the band’s performance at SWU Music And Arts Festival on Monday, November 14 in  Brazil) then make the jump for the rest of the concert.

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