Video footage of DOWN frontman Philip Anselmo hitting his head with his microphone no less than four times within seconds of each other during the band’s performance at this year’s edition of the SWU Music And Arts Festivalearlier today (Monday, November 14) in Paulínia, São Paulo, Brazil can be seen below (watch around 2:55 mark).
The last time Anselmo is known to have bled on stage was when DOWN guitarist Pepper Keenan accidentally hit the singer in the head with his guitar during DOWN‘s headlining performance on April 28, 2011 at the Best Buy Theater in New York City. The incident took place in the middle of the third song of DOWN‘s set, “Lifer”, which Anselmo dedicated to his late PANTERA bandmate “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott.
DOWN guitarist Kirk Windsteintold Radio Metal in June that the group was planning to release four separate EPs over the course of the next couple of years. “We’re going to do four EPs, and they’ll all be different,” he said. “We have many elements to our sound, so each one will have its own characteristics. Like, for example, this one we’re writing right now and are about to start recording will be really hard, with heavy DOWN stuff. Then we’ll have a mellow one, then a doom one — you know, slower and doomy stuff. A little bit of everything.”
Regarding why the band chose to release four EPs instead of a full album, Kirk said, “The record industry sucks so bad. Nobody buys anything. We’re trying to do something different, making it cheaper to buy. People want stuff for free! So six songs, it’s cheaper to buy. Same thing for downloading; it will be cheaper to download. Nobody wants to go to the record store and buy stuff anymore. So we’re just trying to mix it up and do something different. It will be released on physical EP and digitally as well.”
DOWN earlier in the year parted ways with bassist Rex Brown and replaced him with Patrick Bruders of CROWBAR.