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Down II: A Bustle in Your Hedgerow

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  • Those familiar with Down’s epic first album NOLA will undoubtedly find a great deal to like on its followup, “A Bustle in Your Hedgerow.” The band’s trademark sludgy Southern-style riffs and thick grooves are present on old-school metal tracks like the monstrous opener “Lysergik Funeral Procession,” “New Orleans is a Dying Whore,” and “Dog Tired.” The abrasive grind of the guitars give the band immense potency on these hard-hitting tracks. However, beyond the expected nods to Black Sabbath, the band also shows some signs of branching out. “Stained Glass Cross” has a somewhat funky sound, and “Learn from this Mistake” and “Where I’m Going” slow things down almost to the point of a dirge, with some rather mournful vocals from Phil Anselmo. Phil is his usual excellent self, with vocals going all over the map from plaintive singing to rousing shouts, and the band behind is in fine form once again. I don’t like this album quite as much as its legendary predecessor, but it’s still more than worth your time and money.

    Posted on March 15, 2010