Down – NOLA Reviews

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13 responses to “Down – NOLA Reviews”

  1. Damia says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Down NOLA
    It’s a side project of Phil Anselmo. It big deviation from Pantera. It’s just a really good Heavy rock album.

  2. Risa says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The Yardstick Others Are Measured By
    NOLA is simply an outstanding, heavy, southern rock album. Nothing to say that hasn’t been said in other reviews, just a fantastic album from start to finish.

  3. Audrey says:

    The first Down album, “Nola” was more than just a side project, it was an experience. Phil Anselmo of Pantera, Pepper Keenan of COC, Jimmy Bower from Eyehategod, and Kirk Wind Stone and Todd Strange of Crowbar United in 1995 for an album, such a deviation from the respective bands, but loved by most, if not all, their fans. “Lifer”, “Underneath Everything,” “Stone The Crow”, “The eyes of the South”, “Rehab” and “Temptation's Wings” are personal favorites of mine, and after countless times in the past seven years, “Nola” is one of the few albums that is truly timeless.

  4. Augustine says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Buy this if you want some REAL music.
    One of the best albums I own. Maybe THE BEST! An essential lesson in Doom/Stoner metal. Sounds like it was influenced by Ozzy-era Black Sabbath and Trouble.

  5. Mette says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best of the best
    Pure unadultarated METAL at its purest ! This is the best metal album of the 90’s hands DOWN! If you call yourself a fan of Black Sabbath or any music that is real then you must…

  6. Emiliana says:

    Even though my personal preference lies with Down II, Nola (a acronymfor New Orleans, Louisiana) is still a force to be reckoned with. Members of Pantera, COC, Eyehategod and Crowbar come together to create a Southern-Fried table of 70 heavy-metal style? Are you fun? Gimme! Nola has some significant differences from Down II It is always difficult, Phil Places to yell his way through a large part of it, and there are fewer differences between the various tracks. Apart from this, which succeeds, is one of the greatest metal albums of all time. Every song has at least one classic or memorable riff in – the best Tracks 4 or 5 Occasionally, an unorthodox instrument appear: a Waterpipe on “Hail The Leaf”, bongos in “Jail”, lots of Cowbell, an acoustic guitar, etc. “Temptation's Wings” gives the album a good start, and is followed by “Lifer,” a drop-dead gorgeous crunchy riffs, which shows up to two minutes into it. “Pillars of Eternity” has a pounding / tribal nature about them, and “Hail The Leaf” is a dichotomy to him by a much slower pace and Moodie. “Rehab” is my personal favorite song from the album by his incredible melodies into guitar and singing (he sings!). Excellent harmonizing Pepper's part too. “Stone The Crow” was a small radio hit in 1995, and it is easy to see why with its beautiful bluesy lead guitar and melodic chorus. “Pray for the Locust” is a mystical acoustic ditty, and “Jail” is an eerie swampsong – all acoustic, very “Planet Caravan”-esque. Down would perfect this kind of Moody softer bit with the next frame. “Swan Song” is a delicate Main riff that kicks it off and “Underneath Everything” shares a similar style of quasi-crunchy thrash riffs with the closer, “Bury Me In Smoke”. In summary, Down crafted a fine album with Nola. The album is a Time Capsule type, because it captures the essence of the South in 1995. The artwork, the band members, filler paper, the numerous references to a certain green substance / smoke / the effects of the CD with the birds-eye view of Nola itself, the Superdome and all … it is embodied in the south. Fans and B.R.O.E.S. alike had seven years to digest the album until he developed a radical follow-up, the humid and dusty bayou path in 2002, so that most listeners favor comes with this version. In reality, it is a throw-up. Both albums are worth owning. Lifer be. Ride Temptation's Wings. Listen to Down.

  7. Xing says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    All True Rock is Southern, Y’all
    NOLA ranks as one of my fav CDs. I had grown a bit weary of the “look how rapidly I can play” metal in exclusive vogue back then, and look who came out with an album that would…

  8. Bast says:

    From the opening wallop of “Temptations Wings” to the chugging riffs that close out “Bury Me In Smoke”, “Nola” packs a power that is equal to all other metal album I have ever heard. The band does not go with the guit full frontal attack Pantera characterized that work, instead of relying on an album, the dark and brutal, but more differentiated and more abstract than one would expect from a Phil Anselmo LED band. This album would be high in my book, even if only for the music, thanks to the thick, heavy riffs, great solos and crunching rhythm section. The music on this album is not particularly polished or complex, just driving and powerful. Despite the excellent music, Phil Anselmo steals the show with what I have to time his best vocally. Singing, screaming, growling, whatever you can imagine is here, and Phil has it better than anyone else. Each line is overflowing with emotion, and you do not need to know the lyrics to recognize this fact. There is not a weak song on this album, or even a weak part of a song, the album is completely free-filler. All through it is a stirring, brooding masterpiece. If you expect Pantera, Part 2, you may be disappointed, but if you want everything big Pantera and more, “Nola” is the first place to look.

  9. Xing says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    What can I say? It`s prefect….
    This is a perfect album, all of the songs are really, really good! Phil is at the top of his game, so is pepper, kirk and jim, it all sums up to one of the best metalalbums ever…

  10. Sydnee says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great CD
    This is a great cd if you like true southern rock. Great group of members in the band. Just a great cd to own.

  11. Rafferty says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Where did this album come from? Deep in the swamplands of America, five guys originally from New Orleans holed up and created one of the greatest albums ever recorded.

  12. Damir says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    After buying Bustle in your Hedgerow I bought this CD, MUCH BETTER. Exactly what I wanted to hear from the minute I put it in until it was complete. Amazing music expirence.

  13. Hala says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    One of the Best Metal Releases EVER!
    I recently repurchased this album and man, does it take me back. Just listening to it now brings me back to the very drunken days on spring 2002.

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