Posts Tagged ‘Down’

Rex Brown

Multi-platinum selling artist Rex Brown (Pantera, Down, Kill Devil Hill) has debuted a new single titled “Crossing Lines” and will release his debut solo album, Smoke on This … on July 28 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music).

“My motto these days is ‘Shake some shit up,'” Brown said about the new LP. “I’ve had my ups and downs, like anybody in this business. I wanted to feel like a true artist again, where I can write and record songs without worrying about any of the bullshit.” 

“Crossing Lines” is also available on all streaming platforms and as an iTunes instant gratification track, meaning fans who pre order the LP today will get the track as a download instantly. The artwork and track listing are available below, along with digital and physical preorders options. (more…)

Rex Brown

Multi-platinum selling artist Rex Brown has signed a worldwide deal with Entertainment One (eOne) with plans to release a debut solo LP later this year.

“I’ve been working on these songs for a long time,” Brown said.

The yet-to-be-titled full-length album will be the first time in Brown’s career in which he will serve as both lead vocalist and guitarist in a band.

“I am thrilled to have such an influential artist like Rex join the growing Entertainment One rock family,” said Scott Givens, SVP Entertainment One. “He’s influenced not just our other artists, but myself as well. It’s an honor for all of us to work with him.”

Brown wields a six-string guitar as confidently as he wore the bass in Pantera and Down. His voice crackles with easygoing spirit and truth-telling power. It’s a crunchy drawl that’s somewhere between the achingly resonant spiritual shamanism of Tom Waits and the instantly recognizable everyman AM radio vibes of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. (more…)

Philip H. Anselmo

Philip H. Anselmo

Legendary metal frontman and Housecore Records founder Philip H. Anselmo is bringing his horror-themed film and metal festival back for a third year. After a great ride in Austin, the festival will head to San Antonio, Texas, at the Aztec Theater on Nov. 13 to 15, 2015. (more…)


Photos by Greg Maki (more…)

Howard Jones is the "Devil You Know"

Howard Jones is the “Devil You Know”

During his decade-long run as frontman of Killswitch Engage, Howard Jones took the band to a new level. With the smash 2004 album The End of Heartache (which featured “Rose of Sharyn”), 2006’s As Daylight Dies (featuring the hit “My Curse”) and the unexpected radio hit of its cover version of Dio’s “Holy Diver,” the band was credited with spearheading the rise of metalcore and had become a household name. Then, in 2010, on a winter tour with The Devil Wears Prada and Dark Tranquillity, Jones unexpectedly had to sit out, with All That Remains vocalist Phil Labonte and former Killswitch Engage vocalist Jesse Leach filling in. At the time, there was much speculation and rumors were flying about the reason for Jones’ absence (he got a girl pregnant, back injury, other health issues). Time passed and with little or no word as to what was happening with Killswitch Engage’s lineup, the band announced in 2012 what fans had been expecting: Howard Jones was out, and eventually, he was replaced full-time by Leach. But why was he out?  (more…)

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Philip H. Anselmo

As frontman of the legendary Pantera, inarguably one of the greatest and most important metal bands of all time, Philip H. Anselmo set a bar so high no one has reached it since. In the years following that band’s untimely end (and even while it was still active), he has expanded his musical palette in acts with varying levels of visibility, including Down, Superjoint Ritual and Arson Anthem. He also started his own label, Housecore, and turned his life around by kicking hard drugs. In July 2013, he released his first-ever solo effort, Walk Through Exits Only, under the moniker Philip H. Anselmo & the Illegals. An all-out metallic assault that defies categorization, the record is a powerful statement that Anselmo remains a strong, vital force in today’s metal scene. When his inaugural tour with the Illegals came to the Fillmore in Silver Spring, Md., Greg Maki of Live Metal sat down with Anselmo backstage to discuss the new album, his upcoming autobiography and more. (more…)


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Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson



Rock on the Range 2012. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

ArsonSince his Pantera days, Phil Anselmo has been a part of several, if not dozens of bands and musical projects—so much so that he has now formed his own label, Housecore Records, to release the material he’s been stockpiling. The labels’ first release comes from his latest project, Arson Anthem. This is also the first official release I know of featuring Anslemo on guitar rather than vocals. Mike Williams of Eyehategod is on the mic here. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
In the world of heavy music, a partnership between Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta and Kirk Windstein of Crowbar/Down fame seems far from logical. Maybe that’s why it works. (more…)

Down_IIIReview by Greg Maki
Let’s get one thing out of the way: Over the Under (also known as Down III, depending on who you ask) is no NOLA. The 1995 debut album by the New Orleans-based band featuring vocalist Philip Anselmo (Pantera), guitarists Pepper Keenan (Corrosion of Conformity) and Kirk Windstein (Crowbar), bassist Todd Strange (Crowbar)—replaced by Pantera’s Rex Brown in 2002—and drummer Jimmy Bower (Eyehategod), fueled by unforgettable songs like “Lifer,” “Stone the Crow” and “Bury Me in Smoke,” was an instant classic. It’s unfair to hold any band to that standard.

Now, on to our regularly scheduled review. (more…)