The combination of Phil Anselmo and Pepper Keenan should be
enough to cause heavy metal fans to drool, but with a full
cast made up of members of Pantera, Corrosion of Conformity,
Crowbar, and Eyehategod, Down is truly a supergroup, and
performs as such. Make no mistake, though, the music inevitably
comes back to Anselmo and Keenan. NOLA (an acronym for New Orleans
, Louisiana) takes the two superstars' writing talents and
distinctive sounds and focuses them in a feast of Cajun-style
heavy metal. Like much of Pantera's music, NOLA is lyrically
enigmatic and frequently celebrates the use of controlled substances.
Glorification of cannabis aside, the album's true focus is inner melancholy
and atonement for earlier sins. Keenan's own brand of crunching axework
-- the kind that typifies his work with Corrosion of Conformity --
compliments Anselmo's genuinely sorrowful vocals, and the two propel
the album to its logical conclusion without the flashy solos or other
excesses that often accompany their separate works. The two also combine
in a unique way on "Pray for the Locust," an instrumental that was written
by Anselmo but consists simply of Keenan on the guitar. From the highly
layered "Stone the Crow," the group's only major radio hit, to the ponderous,
introspective "Bury Me in Smoke," the members of Down display their abilities
to play quality rock & roll outside the comfort of their individual bands. In
terms of consistency and sheer rock power, NOLA surpasses all but the very best
of the featured artists' other works, and can proudly be embraced in any of the
associated bands' catalogs. This is a landmark album that combines the talents of
dedicated rock musicians, and should be included in any collection of heavy metal
Audio Info ... 256 kbps CBR
Channels ... 44.100 kHz / 16 bit Stereo
Format ... MP3
# of Tracks ... 13
Covers ... Front
Sub-par side project? Nay. Rock group? Perhaps. Super group?
YES! Any fan of metal will appreciate this finely tuned jam
album which includes some of the greatest minds in metal as
indicated above. What's good about a super group? You know
you're getting quality. And that's EXACTLY what you get here.
No lofty filler here, just great, artistic musical craftsmanship.
Rock on my fellow brethren!