Fuse is stoked to bring you the exclusive world premiere of sludge metal supergroup Down’s "Witchtripper." The song, the first single off Down’s recent EP, Down IV Part 1 The Purple EP, is everything fans would hope for from a band that includes former Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo (as well as members from Corrosion of Conformity, Crowbar and Eyehategod): it’s sludgy, aggressive and charmingly dark.
The video unfolds in a similar vein; it’s simultaneously dark, violent and campy, with plenty of self-awareness and humor. It is, basically, the tale of two Puritan-like men who fall under the spell of a group of witches. There are pentagrams and chicken feet and curses and chase scenes, all interspersed with ominous close-ups of Anselmo singing/screaming in front of a flame-filled backdrop. It’s nothing if not very metal.
And from the sounds of it, the video shoot was an enjoyable experience. "It was unbelievably fun to make!" Anselmo told Fuse. Down’s guitarist, Pepper Keenan of Corrosion of Conformity, added, “We have discovered that we are actors born for theater.”
Check out the video above. Metal fans won’t be disappointed.