Pantera’s Phil Anselmo’s Down are undeniably one of heavy metal’s supergroups. Impress friends and fellow fans with all the amazing Down merchandise we have for you. From T-shirts to cassettes, we have all the stuff Down fanatics would surely love!
Formed in 1991, Down is composed of an all-star heavy metal ensemble that includes vocalist Phil Anselmo from Pantera and guitarist Pepper Keenan from Corrosion of Conformity. Completing the band are drummer Jimmy Bower, bassist Todd Strange, and guitarist Kirk Windstein.
All the members of the band are long-time friends and were massively popular, making Down a supergroup. NOLA, the group’s debut album, was released in September 1995. It debuted at number 55 on the Billboard 200. It has also been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
NOLA was considered a landmark album produced by some of the most dedicated rock musicians in the world. David Reamer, an All Music Guide reviewer, gave the album a nearly perfect rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. The album is also hailed for the songs Stone the Crow, Bury Me in Smoke, and Temptations Wings.
After embarking on a 13-date tour to support the album, the band members went on a hiatus and returned to their respective bands. Fortunately, Bower, Keenan, and Anselmo regrouped in 2001 to work on new material. This time, Todd Strange has been replaced by Pantera bassist Rex Brown.
Down II: A Bustle in Your Hedgerow, the band’s highly anticipated sophomore album, was released in March 2002. However, it did not receive the same warm reception as its predecessor. Surprisingly, despite the poor review, the album still landed at number 44 on the Billboard 200 charts.
To support the album, the band toured on the second stage of Ozzfest. Soon after, the band went on another indefinite hiatus and focused on their respective bands. In 2006, the band reunited and was signed by Warner Bros Records. They released Down III: Over the Under in 2007.
The album covered various sensitive topics, including the murder of Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell, the breakup of Pantera, and Anselmo’s recovery from drug addiction and back surgery. The album debuted at number 26 on the Billboard 200 and has gotten positive reviews.