The Purple EP
Down IV Part I – The Purple EP
Album info
ReleaseSeptember 18, 2012
GenreSludge metal
LabelDown Records, Independent Label Group

Down IV Part I – The Purple EP is the first EP by sludge metal band Down. It was released on September 18, 2012.[1] It is the first album featuring bassist Pat Bruders due to the departure of former bassist Rex Brown in 2011, and the last to feature guitarist Kirk Windstein, who left in 2013.


In January 2012, Philip Anselmo announced that the band have been recording songs in the studio since October 2011. The band plans to release a series of EPs over the next few years.[2] On May 21, 2012, Down performed "Misfortune Teller" for the first time in North Carolina.[3] On July 26, 2012, another new song, "Witchtripper" was made available for streaming.[4] It was made available for purchase on iTunes on July 31, 2012.[5][6] The band revealed the artwork and title of their first EP to be Down IV Part I – The Purple EP in July 2012.[7]

Lyrics and styleEdit

With the EP, the band decided to go back to its roots and earlier style of song writing that was most prominent on the band's debut album. Much of the work was done at Anselmo's barn named "Nodferatu's Lair", where the band recorded their entire second album, Down II: A Bustle in Your Hedgerow. Influences such as Black Sabbath, Trouble and Witchfinder General would play a significant role in the writing process with the EP containing traces of doom metal and southern rock influences, giving the EP a dark, raw and ominous feel.

Anselmo described the album as:

"very stripped down. Nothing flashy. Straight to the point… really just DOWN music. If you liked the first record, the demos… something like that… This record, we're pretty dead straight and honest and on the money as far as making it as simple and direct as possible and I think we did that. . . It has that practice-room vibe to it. We didn't really try and fucking slick it out and anything. We went the more raw route, as far as an approach."[4]

The lyrics tackle subjects outside of just personal experiences unlike most of the band's previous work, exploring such themes as the faith and imperfection of mankind, and cultural belief systems.

Track listingEdit

All lyrics written by Phil Anselmo, all music composed by Down.

# Track title Length
1. "Levitation" 4:58
2. "Witchtripper" 3:49
3. "Open Coffins" 5:43
4. "The Curse Is a Lie" 6:00
5. "This Work Is Timeless" 3:43
6. "Misfortune Teller" 9:05


Additional musicians
  • Ross Karpelman – keyboards


Year Chart Position
2012 U.S. Billboard 200 35
UK Albums Chart 57


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