This week, Down will finally be unleashing Down IV Part I - The Purple EP, their first slab of heavy metal greatness in five years. The 6-song EP is the first in a series of four EP's planned for release over the next year. Featuring Phil Anselmo (Pantera) on vocals, Pepper Keenan (Corrosion of Conformity) on lead guitars, Kirk Windstein (Crowbar) on guitar, Jimmy Bowery (Eyehategod) on drums and bassist Pat Brudners (Crowbar), Down specialize in the kind of Saint Vitus-kissed grooves and vocal hooks that get stuck inside your head long after it leaves your stereo.

"Down gives me the platform to be poetic and paint imagery with lyrics," says Anselmo. "That's the approach I took. They complement the music and create an ominous feeling. Ultimately, when people consume the words, it's always their interpretation that matters. I could be image-conscious though when I wrote. It's not so gut level or street. The darker shit is some of my favorite."

In this Noisecreep video exclusive, Anselmo invites us into his jam room to give us a little breakdown on Down IV Part I - The Purple EP.

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Down IV Part I - The Purple EP hits stores tomorrow (Sept. 18). Pick up the album on Amazon and stream the entire EP now, for free, at our AOL Listening Party.

Down tour dates:

09/18/12 Dallas, TX Trees
09/19/12 Tulsa, OK Cain's Ballroom`
09/21/12 Sauget, IL Pops Nightclub
09/22/12 Chicago, IL House of Blues Chicago
09/23/12 Pontiac, MI The Crofoot
09/25/12 Boston, MA House of Blues Boston
09/26/12 Philadelphia, PA The Electric Factory
09/28/12 New York, NY Best Buy Theater
09/29/12 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
09/30/12 Silver Springs, MD The Fillmore
10/02/12 Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall
10/19/12 Manchester UNITED KINGDOM O2 Academy
10/20/12 Birmingham UNITED KINGDOM HMV Institute
10/21/12 London UNITED KINGDOM Roundhouse
10/23/12 Antwerp BELGIUM Trix Hall
10/24/12 Paris FRANCE Bataclan
10/25/12 Amsterdam HOLLAND Melkweg
10/27/12 Luxembourg City LUXEMBURG Den Atelier
10/28/12 Zurich SWITZERLAND Komplex
10/29/12 Milan ITALY Magazzini Generali
10/31/12 Dortmund GERMANY Freizeitzentrum West