Former Pantera bassist Rex Brown will no longer be a part of metal supergroup Down, according to drummer Jimmy Bower. In an interview with MetalChroniques.fr, Bower explained that the band parted ways with Brown for his own good with Crowbar’s Patrick Bruders stepping in to fill up the low end.
“It’s a real delicate situation, because what he went through was really… [referring to pancreatitis] I mean, he’s got a scar from here all the way to here. We just wish him to find peace within himself and be healthy, and we weren’t seeing that for DOWN. We have Pat now. Pat’s playing bass. Pat’s from New Orleans, [which] makes sense. He plays with CROWBAR as well. We love Rex to death, man, and wish him the best. He has a new project as well, Kill Devil Hill with Vinny Appice, and I know he’s having fun doing that. He gave Pat his blessing, so it was on a good term. But he will not be back.”
Down is gearing up to record a new set of EPs, which will feature Bruders on bass while Brown and Kill Devil Hill have finished a 10-track demo with a sound that they describe as “a cross between Black Sabbath, Alice in Chains and a little bit of Led Zeppelin thrown in.”