A lot has happened in the five years since the release of Down’s previous album. Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown’s former Pantera bandmate Dimebag Darrell was senselessly murdered not long after the band disbanded, and New Orleans, the hometown to most of Down’s members, was devestated by Hurricane Katrina. All the tragedy and sadness that has been experienced has been laced into “Over the Under”, which re-unites Phil, Rex, Corrosion of Conformity frontman Pepper Keenan, Crowbar’s Kirk Windstein, and Eyehategod’s Jimmy Bower; and all five pour their emotion into their music. They also manage to concoct the best brand of southern-fueled hard rock, which shouldn’t really be a surprise to anyone really. Phil does much less screaming here and really puts his heart and soul into his lyrics, while the rest of the band is what you would expect to hear if you’re a fan of Down or any of the member’s other outfits. Opening track “Three Suns and One Star”, “The Path”, “On March the Saints”, the aptly titled “Mourn”, and the “Jail”-flavored “His Majesty the Desert” are spectacular and uncompromising in their delivery. There’s no real instantly listenable tracks here like “Stone the Crows”, but make no mistake that that is not a bad thing. It should be also noted that “Over the Under” is a different animal than what was heard on “NOLA” and even “A Bustle in Your Hedgerow”; but don’t let that put you off of this. All in all, “Over the Under” is a triumphant return for the beloved Down, and here’s hoping that there will be more to come with less tragedy to fuel it.