It's Record Store Day today (April 20) and music fans around the world are heading to their local independent shops to support the longtime standard of how to purchase music. Making the experience even more of an event is the amount of bands and labels responsible for issuing unique vinyl releases and other specialty items tied to the day. One rocker enthused that there is such a thing as Record Store Day is Pantera / Down frontman Phil Anselmo.
2013 is not even two months old yet, but Down got the year off to a great start while joining labelmates Warbeast for a pummeling January excursion. Now the veteran metal collective will pack up their gear once again this spring for a week-long trek through the Southeastern United States, concluding with a hometown show in New Orleans.
The temps may be chilly outside, but Down and Warbeast definitely brought the heat to West Hollywood's Key Club Wednesday night (Jan. 16) for the Los Angeles stop of their winter tour. The two acts combined for a blistering night of rock and some rather emotional moments before all was said and done.
As one of metal's most aggressive vocalists in history, it's no surprise to learn that Pantera / Down vocalist Philip Anselmo is a huge fan of boxing. Surely tracks such as 'F---ing Hostile' and 'Mouth for War' have inspired many fists to bust through walls, along with faces, so Boxing Insider welcomed Anselmo for an exclusive interview, but here's the catch: Philip Anselmo was brought in to conduct an interview with yet another musician and boxing fan … rapper 50 Cent.
Down recently visited Loudwire's offices when they were on tour in New York City. The entire group swarmed on our little studio room to talk about their four-part series of 'Down IV' EPs, all the while anointing themselves the most handsome band in the history of handsome while knocking back a few beers.
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.