Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Down - Lifer [Live @ Full Force w/ interview]

It's shaping up to be a metallic week here on H-T-A, both in listening and coverage, and may I say it's been far too long in the coming. Maybe the foul weather has called for something more furious as a soundtrack, in which case this cloud most certainly does have a silver lining.

As a quick nod to the genre that started it all for me musically,I was happy to come across an early Down track being torn out live at the Full Force Festival in Germany last year.

Despite Phil Anselmo's worse for wear state, both in the interview and vocally, this remains one half of a classic pair of tunes that open up their classic debut NOLA. It perfectly characterises the pure adrenaline of the genre, from the raging lyrics to the fleet-fingered riffs of cult heroes Pepper Keenan and Kirk Windstein. With a great deal of watered down music doing the rounds as contemporary metal, it's heartening to see a band of this calibre still entertaining massive crowds and playing with such obvious passion.

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