Down – Down IV – Part I, The Purple EP

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Review by Chop

Chances are you’ve already got this EP, have played it practically to destruction by now, and are salivating at the prospect of seeing them live in the very near future. If you haven’t though, I’ll try to submit a compelling reason or two to part with your cash and add this to your ever expanding CD collection.

Incredibly Down’s last studio output – Down III, Over The Under – was released in 2007. For the follow up the band have decided to release a series of EPs, on a regular basis, with the intention of each being ‘all killer and no filler’ to utilise the age old cliché. Six tracks, clocking in at 33 minutes; do they live up to the hype?

By and large yes. The somewhat indistinct production may not be to everyone’s taste (personally the kick drum is pretty much inaudible and overall there’s way too much treble) but this only goes to showcase the vocals and guitar work. Fans of the band’s earlier work will lap this up as wave after wave of down-tuned riffery assault the senses. Good as lead off single ‘Witchtripper’ may be, they certainly save the best ’til last as nine minute epic ‘Misfortune Teller’ is as good a closing track as you’ll hear this year. Relentlessly heavy, groove-laden, and so good that it’s worth buying the EP for this track alone.

Hopefully parts II-IV will appear in the not too distant future. Until they do The Purple EP will keep all but their harshest critics happy.

8 out of 10

The Purple EP is out now on Roadrunner Records. Down play the HMV Institute, Birmingham, on 20 October 2010.

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Track listing;

1.   Levitation
2.   Witchtripper
3.   Open Coffins
4.   The Curse Is A Lie
5.   This Work Is Timeless
6.   Misfortune Teller