The 2012 Scion Rock Fest is set to hit Tampa, Fla., and its free to the public. This year's spectacle takes place on June 2, just in time for the summer swelter. Down and Sleep are set to headline the event, where 26 metal bands will perform at four different venues throughout the course of the day. The city of Tampa will never, ever be the same.
Down guitarist Kirk Windstein, a busy man who is also a member of Crowbar and Kingdom of Sorrow, checked in via the band's Facebook page to offer a short and sweet update on the much anticipated upcoming EP, which is set to drop like a 10-ton hammer later this year. It's tentatively titled 'Down IV.'
Good news for Down fans who have been anxiously awaiting any updates on the EPs that the band have been working on. According to drummer Jimmy Bower, the first EP has been mixed and now it just needs to get the finishing touches of mastering and artwork before it can be released. Bower is anticipating an early May release date and although the album title hasn’t been officially confirmed, it is tentatively titled ‘Down IV.’
Down frontman Phil Anselmo has recorded a 45-second video message updating fans on the band's upcoming, yet-untitled EP and wishing fans happy holidays. Anselmo posted the recording shortly after recording vocals at Nodferatu's lair, the barn studio on his 17 acre property in south Louisiana.
As a teenager, Rex Brown cut his eye teeth as the bassist for Pantera. When the band broke up, he continued with vocalist Phil Anselmo in the group Down. Now, having left down because Anselmo was busy with too many projects, he is putting all of his efforts into Kill Devil Hill, his new band with ex-Black Sabbath drummer Vinny Appice, guitarist Mark Zavon and vocalist Dewey Bragg.
Velvet Revolver / ex-Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan got down with Down in concert, sitting in with the band Monday for the song 'Bury Me in Smoke' at a show in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Duff McKagan's Loaded were also on the bill, making the all-star onstage collaboration an easy one to pull off.