Video footage of former VENOM and MPIRE OF EVIL and current DEF-CON-ONE drummer Antony “Antton” Lant (brother of VENOM frontman Conrad “Cronos” Lant) joining DOWN on stage on Octoebr 19 in Manchester, England to perform the song “Bury Me In Smoke” can be seen below.
“Down IV Part I – The Purple EP” sold 12,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 35 on The Billboard 200 chart.
“Down IV Part I – The Purple EP”, DOWN‘s first in a series of four EPs to be released over the next few years (with a year between EPs), each touching on a different aspect of the band’s sound, came out on September 18. It will be followed by the second collection of songs early next year, around the time of a planned U.S. tour. EPs three and four are scheduled for later in 2013.
“Down IV Part I – The Purple EP” heralds the sound of DOWN going back to its roots, with influences from BLACK SABBATH, SAINT VITUS and WITCHFINDER GENERAL.
Lyrically, the EP goes beyond just personal experiences, and explores themes that include the faith of mankind, the imperfection of mankind and cultural belief systems.
“DOWN gives me the platform to be poetic and paint imagery with lyrics,” said vocalist Philip Anselmo. “That’s the approach I took. They complement the music and create an ominous feeling. Ultimately, when people consume the words, it’s always their interpretation that matters. I could be image-conscious though when I wrote. It’s not so gut level or street. The darker shit is some of my favorite.”