downDown is an American heavy metal supergroup formed in 1991 in New Orleans, Louisiana by vocalist/songwriter Phil Anselmo of Pantera, guitarist Pepper Keenan of Corrosion of Conformity, second guitarist Kirk Windstein of Crowbar, bassist Todd Strange of Crowbar, and drummer Jimmy Bower of Eyehategod. Since its inception, Down has released three studio albums, NOLA (1995), certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, Down II: A Bustle in Your Hedgerow (2002), and Down III: Over the Under (2007).

All of the band members were long-time friends and were known from their respective bands, making them a supergroup. The band made a three track demo for underground trading. The band members would ask heavy metal fans if they have “heard of this band Down” and give them a copy of the tape without telling the person that they were in the band. Eventually, the tape was distributed throughout the United States and Down played a small concert in its hometown. A record executive from Elektra Records was attending the show to find out who the members of Down were. When he found out the members of the band, he signed Down to a recording contract.

Other Information

  • Origin: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
  • Genres: Doom metal, Heavy metal, Sludge metal
  • Years active: 1991–present
  • Labels: Elektra, Warner Bros, Roadrunner
  • Associated acts: Arson Anthem, Corrosion of Conformity, Crowbar, Eyehategod, Kingdom of Sorrow, Pantera, Rebel Meets Rebel, Superjoint Ritual
  • Website:
  • Members:
  1. Phil Anselmo – vocals, studio guitar
  2. Pepper Keenan – guitar
  3. Kirk Windstein – guitar
  4. Rex Brown – bass
  5. Jimmy Bower – drums


  • NOLA (1995)
  • Down II: A Bustle in Your Hedgerow (2002)
  • Down III: Over the Under (2007)
  • Down IV (2010)



~ by molco on June 26, 2009.

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