Heavy Metal News – February 28, 2014

CROWBAR To Release ‘Symmetry In Black’ In May

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

New Orleans sludge metal veterans CROWBAR will release their new album, “Symmetry In Black”, in North America on May 27 via Entertainment One Music. The CD, which will be made available in Europe on May 26 through Century Media Records, was produced by CROWBAR guitarist/vocalist Kirk Windstein and Duane Simoneaux and was mixed by Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GODGOJIRA).

Comments Windstein: “We are so proud and excited about what we have accomplished with this record! The focus, determination and attitude in the band is at an all-time high.

“We are 100% ready to get this juggernaut rolling and never touch the breaks again.

CROWBAR will not be stopped!”

The release of “Symmetry In Black” will coincide with the 25th anniversary of the CROWBAR‘s inception. Windstein continues: “CROWBAR is my heart and soul. The music is a part of me that I am extremely proud of.

“It’s an amazing feeling to be putting all of my energy and focus into something that I created 25 years ago!

“We are extremely excited to release our 10th full length & to bring the riffs to as many people as possible on tour.”

Now that CROWBAR has finished recording, they’ll head over to the U.K. for a handful of dates with HANG THE BASTARD and DROPBACK. The band is also confirmed for a handful of European festivals this summer, including Roadburn and Bloodstock Open Air.

CROWBAR will make a bone-crushing appearance at Maryland Deathfest in the U.S.

Windstein exited DOWN in September 2013 in order to focus “100%” on CROWBAR. He was replaced in DOWN by the band’s longtime stage manager and HONKY founding guitarist Bobby Landgraf.

CROWBAR last year announced the addition of bassist Jeff Golden to the group’s ranks.

Jeff is from Bolton, Connecticut, but currently resides in Estero, Florida.

CROWBAR is:

Kirk Windstein (Guitar, Vocals)
Matt Brunson (Guitar)
Tommy Buckley (Drums)
Jeff Golden (Bass)

Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/crowbar-to-release-symmetry-in-black-in-may/#lX5cFtAuY2Z8pXkA.99

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DOWN: ‘IV – Part Two’ EP Details Revealed

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

DOWN will release a new EP, “Down IV – Part Two”, on May 13 via Down Records/ADA Music. Tracked at Nodferatu’s Lair — iconic vocalist Philip H. Anselmo‘s home studio — and produced by Michael ThompsonAnselmo and DOWN, the new EP is the eagerly anticipated sequel to “Down IV – Part One”. The new offering from DOWN is packed with the quintet’s signature gargantuan riffs, swamp blues leads, crashing drums and hypnotic howls, upholding a certain tradition that countless fans celebrate, expanding their own musical mythos as they leave its pillars intact and untouched.

In support of the upcoming record, DOWN will take their renowned live show on the road this spring, joining BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and DEVIL YOU KNOW on a North American tour. The tour, which also includes DOWN headlining shows and festival appearances, begins at Iron City in Birmingham, Alabama on May 2, and ends at Rocklahoma in Pryor, Oklahoma on May 25. The run also includes an appearance on May 24 at Emo’s in Austin at the “Rock the Heart” concert, a benefit for the late Mike Scaccia‘s (RIGOR MORTISMINISTRY“Heart Rock” foundation, with the goal of raising awareness about heart disease.

When AnselmoPepper KeenanJimmy BowerPat Bruders, and Bobby Landgraf retreated to Nodferatu’s Lair at Anselmo‘s Lousiana home in the fall of 2013, things had changed a bit. For the first time in the band’s storied career, Kirk Windstein wouldn’t be handling guitar duties alongside Keenan. Instead, longtime “family” member, stage manager, and HONKY guitarist Landgraf took the reins.

“He was immediately at home,” affirms Anselmo. “Bobby had always been that guy in case of anything. Knowing his personality, he really locked in with what we do and took it to heart. He made himself belong. Honestly, the first day he came down he contributed a very strong riff to a key song. There’s that Southern element, which is imperative. I also catch a real old heavy metal vibe from this record. I can’t stress this enough. He took it all on, and he did a fucking awesome job.”

Keenan adds, “Even with the lineup differences, it’s interesting how the songs still sound very DOWNBobby and I have always locked in. It’s not just physically either, but mentally as well. We see eye-to-eye, and he’s been watching for a long time.”

“It was a big deal for me,” beams Landgraf. “I drove ten hours up from Texas that first day, cracked a beer, and plugged in. We jumped right into the room, and I played this part. They all smiled. That was the moment for me. I’m a longtime fan, and I knew we were friends, but being a part of the writing and working towards something together was just incredible. As a guitar player, one of my goals was to be in a group like this. I want to make everyone proud.”

The fans will undoubtedly take pride in this collection as well. Making good on DOWN‘s promise of a series of EPs, the second installment sees a pronounced progression amongst the individuals themselves as well.

“We wanted to back up our word as far as releasing these EPs,” Anselmo goes on. “Everybody was fixated on that. This is the shortest period of time between our releases, and every one stepped it up and upped his game. KeenanBowerBruders and Landgraf all contributed some excellent riffs. Having all of this fresh input makes for a different listen and a new perspective on what DOWN should and does sound like. All of that yields a unique record off the bat.”

For the future, DOWN‘s sights are set on endless touring. Landgraf made his formal stage debut when the band headlined Anselmo‘s first annual Housecore Horror Film Festival in front of a packed audience of the faithful in October 2013. Now, it’s just about bringing that inimitable sound everywhere possible.

“Down IV – Part Two” track listing:

01. Steeple
02. We Knew Him Well
03. Hogshead/Dogshead
04. Conjure
05. Sufferer’s Years
06. Bacchanalia

Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/down-iv-part-two-ep-details-revealed/#vy0JbWUA16Igm2RP.99

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