has been speaking with Phoenix New Times
about the upcoming Down
record. The singer notes that the album will be coming in the first quarter of 2014:"I think I'm about 95 to 98% finished with the vocal part of the record, but then of course I will be a big part of the mix as well. We will be ready to release this next Down within the first quarter of 2014. That was something I was pretty dead set on. It's turning out pretty well so far."
When asked about the tone of the record, Anselmo noted that the band was taking cures from "Technical Ecstasy
" era Black Sabbath
:"Well Down is Down, and the music we make isn't rocket science. You put us in the same room together, man; with Pepper and Jimmy, especially, you're going to get Down. But what I have caught on this record - it's kind of ridiculous to say - but the vibe I catch is a heavy heavy dose of Black Sabbath, almost like 'Technical Ecstasy'
[Sabbath's seventh album]. Or something like that. A little more obscure Black Sabbath. And also Witchfinder General. It's a little ridiculous, because we did start the band because of our Black Sabbath-worship, and same with Witchfinder General. It influenced the hell out of us. But that's what I take away from this record. It's going really back to our roots."