Down II: A Bustle in Your Hedgerow

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II: A Bustle in Your Hedgerow
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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 26, 2002
RecordedSeptember 28, 2001 - November 26, 2001
GenreHeavy metal, sludge metal
Warren Riker
Down chronology
II: A Bustle in Your Hedgerow
Over the Under

II: A Bustle in Your Hedgerow is the second album by 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.


This was Down's first album in seven years since the release of NOLA, the longest gap between the band's three studio albums to date. Since Down was 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 "Nödferatu's Lair," in southern Louisiana where they lived and recorded the album in 28 days without anyone leaving the house.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2/5 stars[1]
Metal Hammer8/10 stars
Rock Sound4/5 stars
Rock Hard (de)9.5/10[2]

Down II was not received with the same positive reviews as NOLA. 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"[3] 2002 4
Kerrang! United Kingdom "Albums of the Year"[4] 2002 14
Terrorizer United Kingdom "Albums of the Year"[5] 2002 20
Rock Hard Germany "The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time"[6] 2005 319


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.[7] Afterward, the band once again entered an indefinite hiatus to focus on their respective bands.

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

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.


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


Year Chart Position
2002 The Billboard 200 44
2002 German Album Charts[8] 67


  1. ^ O'Neill, Brian. "Allmusic". Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ Stappert, Andreas. "Rock Hard review". issue 179. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Metal Hammer - Albums of the Year". Rocksound. Retrieved 2008-04-08.
  4. ^ "Kerrang! - Albums of the Year". Kerrang!. Retrieved 2008-04-08.
  5. ^ "Terrorizer - Albums of the Year". Rocksound. Retrieved 2008-04-08.
  6. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 83. ISBN 3-89880-517-4.
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  8. ^ "". Retrieved 31 May 2013.