I’ve honestly been praying to hear from Down again since the first time I heard “NOLA.” When I found out “II” was finally coming out I was exstatic. When I first popped the new album in I was shocked. I had heard nothing in the media as far as the content on this cd, so I was expecting it to be similar to NOLA. Was I ever wrong! This cd has less of the Pantera style Metal feel to it and more of a Led Zep/Skynyrd rock feel. It has its heavy points (The Man That Follows Hell, Stained Glass Cross, New Orleans is a Dying Whore), but it also reveals a melodic side (Learn From This Mistake, Landing on the Mountains of Meggido). It is nearly impossible to pick a favorite song on this cd, personally I would give the nod to either Stained Glass Cross, Beautifully Depressed or New Orleans is a Dying Whore. This could possbly be a ground breaking album, because it is true to form you don’t hear any hip hop elements like most metal acts you hear today. Phil catches you off guard with his singing ability, and Pepper and Kirk pound out riff after riff of amazing guitar play. Rex and Jimmy deliver the low end swampy feeling needed to make this cd what it is. I haven’t been able to stop listening to this cd for a week now and that doesn’t bother me a bit. A+ job from an A+ band.