The years leading up to 2007's OVER THE UNDER were not easy ones for New Orleans natives Down. After withstanding the trauma of Hurricane Katrina, and suffering a series of personal setbacks, Down came back with their first studio album in five years. The tribulations paid off, however, because OVER THE UNDER burns with a fiery conviction, and the band's channeling of classic hard rock (Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin) along with more contemporary alternative and metal is as refined and hard-hitting as ever. Opener "Three Suns and One Star," the thrashing "N.O.D.," and the churning surge of "Never Try" are among the album's highlights.
Rolling Stone (p.77) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[Down] are a clear-cut victory in their own right, making Southern metal of depth and color as well as of scrap-iron constitution."
Kerrang (Magazine) (p.70) - Ranked #9 in Kerrang's "The Top 20 Albums Of 2007" -- "[O]ne of the truly great heavy metal bands of our time..."