When some "supergroup" is announced for the first time I'm always a bit suspicious. More supergroups have failed than survived through the years. One of the bands that did survive, and stood out, was the New Orleans based Down. In '95 they released their debut album NOLA and this record made a lasting impression on many sludge and just general heavy metal fans. Since then they’ve released several albums and have done several tours. Just like with the current European tour the focus remains on that crushing debut album though.
In a close to sold out show at the venue De Pul in Uden, with which Phil Anselmo had some problems pronouncing it, the band once again confirmed their status. Through the years they’ve had some line-up changes, but the band’s still on fire. In a very energetic way they kicked off the set with a nice jam that evolved into them playing ‘Eyes Of The South’. Especially the great mood singer Phil Anselmo was in stood out right away. With a fine dose of arrogance, but with a sharp tongue, he talked his way through the show. Joking with the microphones of his band mates, bitching about performances of other bands, think Motley Crue and Skid Row, showing some muscles when talking about him being tough as he is or as he stated himself: “I’m a walking Slayer concert!” It was fun to listen to this guy for 1,5 hour.
When needed he also had a serious side though. A song like ‘Lifer’ has always been dedicated to Dimebag Darrell and will always be as well. During such a tribute the band and the audience together give just that little bit extra that makes a show more memorable than some other regular concert. Furthermore the songs from NOLA did much better live than the other ones played. Roughly half the set was filled with them and not that the other ones are bad, but the tracks from their debut are just impeccable.
After 90 minutes the band kicked off another jam at the end of ‘Bury Me In Smoke’ to end the set in style. During the jam the band members continuously switched instruments in between and with their roadies. At the end no band member was playing his own instrument or was playing nothing at all and this without affecting the sound. Great show, great enthusiasm by both the band and the audience and great musicianship as well. These guys can go on for years even they continue this way. That most of their show is based on their oldest material fortunately doesn’t affect the impact of it.
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