Down II: A Bustle in Your Hedgerow

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Down II: A Bustle in Your Hedgerow
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 26, 2002
RecordedSeptember 28, 2001 – November 26, 2001
StudioNodferatu's Lair, Louisiana
GenreSludge metal, stoner metal, southern rock[1]
Warren Riker
Down chronology
Down II: A Bustle in Your Hedgerow
Down III: Over the Under

Down II: A Bustle in Your Hedgerow is the second studio album by American band Down, released on March 26, 2002. The subtitle "A Bustle in Your Hedgerow" is borrowed from the lyrics of "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin.


Down II was the band's first album in seven years since the release of NOLA, the longest gap between their three studio albums to date. Being a supergroup, the band went on hiatus in 1996 so that members could focus on their main bands (namely Eyehategod, Corrosion of Conformity, Crowbar, and Pantera). Down reformed in 1999 with Pantera bassist Rex Brown replacing Todd Strange. The band wanted the album to have a "bluesy" feel, so they moved into Phil Anselmo's barn, dubbed "Nodferatu's Lair",[2] in Southern Louisiana where they lived and recorded the album in 28 days without anyone leaving the house.[citation needed]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Metal Hammer
Rock Sound
Rock Hard9.5/10[4]

Down II was not received as well as the band's debut release, NOLA. Blabbermouth reviewer Borivoj Krgin stated, "Down II appears to have been thrown together more haphazardly, with much of the material falling short of the standard set by Down's classic debut offering." However, UK critics were more enthusiastic, with Metal Hammer awarding the album 8/10 and Rock Sound declaring it "a storming experience from the depths" and rating it at 4/5. Despite its poor US reviews, the album debuted at number 44 on the Billboard 200.


Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Metal Hammer United Kingdom "Albums of the Year"[5] 2002 4
Kerrang! United Kingdom "Albums of the Year"[6] 2002 14
Terrorizer United Kingdom "Albums of the Year"[7] 2002 20
Rock Hard Germany "The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time"[8] 2005 319

Track listing[edit]

1."Lysergik Funeral Procession"Phil Anselmo, Jimmy Bower, Pepper Keenan, Kirk Windstein3:10
2."There's Something on My Side"Anselmo, Keenan, Windstein5:21
3."The Man That Follows Hell"Anselmo, Keenan4:33
4."Stained Glass Cross"Anselmo, Bower, Keenan3:36
5."Ghosts Along the Mississippi"Anselmo, Bower, Rex Brown, Keenan, Windstein5:06
6."Learn from This Mistake"Anselmo, Brown, Keenan7:14
7."Beautifully Depressed"Anselmo, Bower, Keenan, Windstein4:52
8."Where I'm Going"Anselmo, Keenan3:10
9."Doobinterlude" (instrumental)Bower1:50
10."New Orleans Is a Dying Whore"Anselmo, Bower, Keenan, Windstein4:15
11."The Seed"Anselmo, Bower, Keenan4:21
12."Lies, I Don't Know What They Say But..."Anselmo, Brown, Keenan6:21
13."Flambeaux's Jamming with St. Aug" (instrumental)Bower0:59
14."Dog Tired"Anselmo, Bower, Keenan3:21
15."Landing on the Mountains of Meggido"Anselmo7:49
Total length:65:58
  • The song "Ghosts Along the Mississippi" takes its title from a book by photographer Clarence John Laughlin, whose photographs were used extensively in the booklet art for NOLA.
  • The title "Landing on the Mountains of Meggido" refers to a hill overlooking a valley where the kibbutz of Megiddo, Israel is located. In apocalyptic literature this place is identified as the site of the final battle between the forces of good and evil at the end of time, known as Armageddon. Prior to the album's release the song had originally been titled "Wars".


Additional musicians
  • Stephanie Opal Weinstein – backing vocals on "Landing on the Mountains of Meggido"


Year Chart Position
2002 Billboard 200 44
2002 German Album Charts[9] 67


To support the album, Down toured on the second stage of Ozzfest in 2002. They also scheduled an 18-date tour that began May 1 in New York and ended on May 25 in Dallas.[10] Afterward, the band once again entered an indefinite hiatus to focus on their respective bands.

Date City Country Venue
April 28, 2002 Birmingham United States Five Points Music Hall
April 29, 2002 Atlanta The Roxy
May 1, 2002 New York City Roseland Ballroom
May 2, 2002 Philadelphia Trocadero
May 3, 2002 Worcester The Palladium
May 5, 2002 Cleveland The Odeon
May 6, 2002 Cincinnati Bogart's
May 7, 2002 Columbus Newport Music Hall
May 9, 2002 Grand Rapids The Orbit Room
May 10, 2002 Detroit Harpo's
May 11, 2002 Chicago House of Blues
May 13, 2002 Minneapolis Quest Club
May 15, 2002 Denver Ogden Theater
May 17, 2002 Las Vegas House of Blues
May 18, 2002 West Hollywood House of Blues
May 19, 2002 San Francisco The Fillmore
May 21, 2002 Scottsdale Cajun House
May 23, 2002 San Antonio Sunset Station
May 24, 2002 Houston Sunset Station
May 25, 2002 Dallas Deep Ellum Live


  1. ^ "Southern Rock mit metallischem Einschlag und der Schwermut des Südens". (in German). April 13, 2002.
  2. ^ "DOWN's PHILIP ANSELMO Checks In From 'Nodferatu's Lair' (Video)". December 22, 2011. Retrieved January 2, 2021.
  3. ^ O'Neill, Brian. "AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved May 31, 2013.
  4. ^ Stappert, Andreas. "Rock Hard review". issue 179. Retrieved May 31, 2013.
  5. ^ "Metal Hammer - Albums of the Year". Rocksound. Retrieved April 8, 2008.
  6. ^ "Kerrang! - Albums of the Year". Kerrang!. Retrieved April 8, 2008.
  7. ^ "Terrorizer - Albums of the Year". Rocksound. Retrieved April 8, 2008.
  8. ^ Best of Rock & Metal - Die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Rock Hard. 2005. p. 83. ISBN 3-89880-517-4.
  9. ^ "". Retrieved May 31, 2013.[dead link]
  10. ^ "Pantera's Phil Anselmo Gets Down and Dirty". MTV.