Sound — 10
So I was at this bash this weekend and someone from that party handed me a CD that said Down III "Over The Under" and told me to take it home and listen to it but bring it back. In shock, I look at them and ask "Are you f--king serious?" only because it does not come out until the 25th of the month. In any case, I do so. Opening track "3 Stars and 1 Sun" starts with some feed back but starts off with the classic down sound, sounding simalar to "Lifer" from there first CD, "Nola". From the gate Phil Anselmo's vocals are very solid and seems to have a softer approach, for the lack of a better discription, but still meet Down fan's standards. Track 8, "Beneath The Tides" is the longest song on the CD pushing 9 minutes and is probably the lightest song on the CD and probably the best all around. It is extremely apparent that the guitar work is nothing short of incredible, going from calm to aggressive without Phil screaming but singing. The instrumental parts in the song are intricate but go right back to the hard chops Pepper and Kirk are notorious for. Tracks 9, "His Majesty The Desert" and 10, "Pillamyd" bleed into each other. "His Majesty The Desert" starts off sorta like "Jail" from NOLA and then fades into "Pillamyd" and when that finally kicks in it is like a hammer to your face. Aggressive to the bone and unrelentless. Overall, the sound is classic Down. Any fan of Down will love this CD.
Lyrics — 10
Phil comes through unbelievebly. His sound as I said previously are very solid but have a softer approach, cutting out a lot of the classic screaming and replacing it with harmonizing with the brutallity behind his voice. It is very apparent that they are more then pissed off about hurricane Katrina, Dimebag and this whole war. "And when we walk away there will be no coming home," Beneath The Tides. There are solid statements made in every song and I believe this is probably there best work vocally.
Overall Impression — 10
Comapring this to other Down albums is a grave mistake. All 3 albums are different in there own way but still have one thing in common and that is the sound that Down produces. I love the guitar work on just about every song on the album and Rex Brown can still strum a bass like the best of them. I don't particularly hate anything on this album, I just wish there was a little bit more diversity among some of the songs, as on previous albums where they had strictly acoustic songs where as on "Over The Under" the closest to anything like that is "Beneath The Tides" and "His Majesty The Desert". The CD was not worth copying or burning but it sure as f--k is worth buying on the 25th when it is released. This is one band where pirating there music is almost considerd a death sentence so regaurdless if I have gotten my hands on it already I am still going to the store on the 25th of this month and buying it.