DOWN's PEPPER KEENAN: New Album is 'Almost Done'

DOWN — the acclaimed New Orleans band featuring CORROSION OF CONFORMITY guitarist/vocalist Pepper Keenan, drummer Jimmy Bower (EYEHATEGOD, SUPERJOINT RITUAL guitarist), bassist Rex Brown (ex-PANTERA), guitarist Kirk Windstein (CROWBAR), and vocalist Philip Anselmo (SUPERJOINT RITUAL, ex-PANTERA) — entered a Los Angeles studio in February to begin recording its third full-length album, tentatively titled "Down III". Producer Warren Riker (CROWBAR, SUBLIME) is helming the effort, for which the band had reportedly composed more than 18 tracks.

Pepper Keenan has issued the following update on MySpace:

"Holy shit, it's been a long trip but this DOWN record is almost done. Phil and I are in Hollywood mixing this beautiful beast and it friggin slams in every sense of the word. In the coming weeks we will be slipping info out through mine and DOWN's site straight to y'all, circumnavigating everything. It will be from the horse's mouth, stay tuned... here we go, see you on the horizon."

DOWN recently inked a new North American record deal with the Independent Label Group (ILG), which is composed of Warner Music Group Corp.'s Asylum Records, East West Records and Cordless Recordings.

Several photos of DOWN recording its new CD at a Los Angeles studio have surfaced online:

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DOWN has been confirmed to support HEAVEN AND HELL on their upcoming tour of Australia/New Zealand (as BLABBERMOUTH.NET first reported on June 4). The dates are as follows:

Aug. 02 - Challenge Arena – Perth, AUS
Aug. 05 - Thebarton Theatre - Adelaide, AUS
Aug. 07 - WIN Entertainment Centre - Wollongong, AUS
Aug. 08 - Entertainment Centre - Newcastle, AUS
Aug. 10 - Rod Laver Arena - Melbourne, AUS
Aug. 11 - Entertainment Centre - Sydney, AUS
Aug. 14 - Entertainment Centre - Brisbane, AUS
Aug. 16 - Logan Campbell Centre - Auckland, NZ

DOWN performed a brand new song, entitled "I Scream", during their headlining appearance at the Roseland in New York City on Saturday, March 31. Watch a video clip of the performance at YouTube.com.

DOWN recently completed a Canadian tour as the support act for HEAVEN AND HELL and MEGADETH.

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