Six songs from Down are better than a full album of tunes from many other bands. The title of the band's new EP, 'Down IV, Part 1 - The Purple EP,' is incredibly long for an extended play, but it's what's on the inside that counts.The quintet makes efficient use of the space they're working with and not a second is wasted.
It's a busy time in Hatebreed's world. The band just finished the tracking process on their forthcoming full-length, which is the proper follow up to 2009's self-titled effort, and will proceed with mixing. Hatebreed produced the platter, with assists from Josh Wilbur, who lists bands like Lamb of God and Avenged Sevenfold on his resume, and Zeuss, who has worked with everyone from All That Remains to Suicide Silence.
Down will drop 'Down IV Part I - The Purple EP,' a six-song set, on Sept. 18, and in advance of the release they are offering a full stream via Billboard.com. The band has made no secret of the fact that they plan to follow it with three more EPs, which begs the question. Why aren't they releasing full albums? The answer is simple. It's easier and more efficient to go the EP route, since it gets music into a fan's hands sooner than later.
As I Lay Dying, 'A Greater Foundation'
It was a rock and rap collision last night (Sept. 2) in the City of Brotherly Love when Pearl Jam were joined onstage by rapper (and festival creator/curator) Jay-Z for his 2004 smash hit '99 Problems.' Pearl Jam were headlining the final night of the first-ever Made in America Festival, held in Philadelphia, when this meeting of musical minds took place.