According to Blabbermouth.net, Down/ex-Pantera vocalist Philip Anselmo has posted the following update on his Myspace blog:
"Well, once again it's been TOO long since I last contacted all of you but here it is!
"We've been hammering Europe to pieces as of late, and today is our last of four shows in Gothenberg, Sweden. Two shows earlier we were in Germany, which was a blast (awesome crowds!). When we played Hamburg, as a boxing journalist/enthusiast, I snuck away on the day off there and hung out with the world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitchko and his trainer Emanuel Steward for the day and into the evening!
"What a blast!
"That experience itself has me so fucking pumped up for the upcoming five METALLICA shows, that take DOWN to uncharted territory for us like Latvia, Bulgaria, and Istanbul, Turkey. Unbelievably DOWN ends the tour by playing Tel Aviv, Israel on our own. We come in peace! (Let's hope we make it out of there in one piece!).
"Also!!! We've been fucking around with some new material, and we've got enough material already recorded (at least six new songs) as well as some unreleased stuff from the 'Over The Under' sessions. It's definitely enough for an awesome EP, with some surprises within.
"We are dying to get back home to the U.S. and do some touring! There's Way too many cities we haven't hit, and the big cities NEED to have another jam session with us. It's coming… I promise! We're in the process of putting a tour together as I write, so be ready when the time comes."
According to Metalunderground.com, Down's follow-up to last year's highly acclaimed "Over The Under" is rumored to be called "Down IV" and is due out sometime in 2009. Along with a new record, Down is also planning their first-ever live DVD, possibly including their live performances in Europe, which were shot by Jim Van Bebber.
If the band's next album comes out in 2010, its release will based on the odd-numbered gaps, example: "Down IV" will come out three years after "Over The Under", which came out five years after "Down II", following "NOLA", which was released seven years earlier.