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Black Label Society @ Best Buy Theater (5/10/2014)

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Artist: Black Label Society
Venue: Best Buy Theater (New York, NY)
Opener: Down, Devil You Know, Butcher Babies
Date: 5/10/2014
Label: eOne Entertainment

I had last caught Black Label Society during the 2013 Gigantour that featured Megadeth and Newsted (the band with former Metallica/Voivod bassist Jason Newsted in case you were unaware). Now that tour itself actually had three more bands on the daily roster but not during its NYC stop which was instead broken up into two shows and left the one without BLS and Newsted being cancelled. For that show Zakk and the BLS boys were supporting the live release “Unblackened” which is a solid recommendation in my book because it was a heavier version of an Unplugged album and from top to bottom this was some raw stuff. There was even a video release to go along with it. Fast forwarding to where we are this evening, it was now time for what was called “The Revolver Golden Gods Tour” and this event seemed to work in tandem with the magazines own awards show. You’ve heard of “The Golden Gods Awards” right? Good, let’s continue then. The four bands on this touring package would begin with Butcher Babies, Devil You Know, Down and close out with the headlining Black Label Society. Since I always find a massive event like this of interest I would get there nice and early in order to be able to bring you thoughts and images on each of the performers. Butcher Babies would be the first item of focus – here we go.
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“Over The Under” (Deluxe Edition) by Down

Artist: Down
Title: “Over The Under” (Deluxe Edition)
Label: Down Records
Release Date: 10/14/2008
Genre: Southern Sludge/Heavy Groove Rock
Rating: 4/5

So you were hanging around with some Metal friends who were playing the most recently released Down album “Over The Under” and you liked it so much that you snagged it for a few moments to upload onto your music player of choice to save yourself a couple of dollars. After that you made sure to hit a gig that they did and even bought yourself a t-shirt at the show but since you already had the music on your player you never did get around to officially picking up a copy of the album for yourself. Well, if this scenario describes you in any fashion I can now inform you about now being your chance to make all right by the band and get the new Deluxe Edition of “Over The Under” so you can sleep at night with a better conscience. The reason being not only as it’s the right thing to do but also because the new edition comes packaged in a nice little slipcase with a slightly different booklet, and it comes with a DVD to enjoy as well. We reviewed this profound release when it came out and were instantly blown away by how heavy and good it was from top to bottom so please read on for our own recap before we talk a little more about the Deluxe Edition and the DVD that they delivered with it.
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“Over The Under” by Down

Artist: Down
Title: “Over The Under”
Label: Down Records
Release Date: 9/25/2007
Genre: Southern Sludge/Heavy Groove Rock
Rating: 4/5

It’s great when a band that first starts out as a side project becomes something special in its own right and such is the case for that group of Southern Fried Doom Metallers – Down. The last we heard from them was on 2002’s “A Bustle In Your Headgerow” and based on the album preceding that one, the group seems to join forces every five years or so. If for some reason you don’t know much about the band let’s get that out of the way first for on lead vocals we have Phil Anselmo, Kirk Windstein & Pepper Keenan on guitars, while Rex Brown handles bass over Jimmy Bowers drums. If you are schooled in that which is Metal then you already know the bands that these guys originate from but I will remind you by saying that Down is a united force of ideas that propelled the bands Pantera, Superjoint Ritual, Crowbar, Corrosion Of Conformity and Eyehategod into the Metal record books. Together all of these ideas meld and blend into a crushing groove that is born in anger and despair while offering up respectful riffs to legendary Stoner Doom sounds of the past. There is more than a tip of the hat to the likes of Black Sabbath but there is also a Southern fried twist to a lot of what’s going on as well. Together this makes the bands third outing a step up from the rest and ahead of anything that is calling itself the savior of the Doom Metal movement.
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