Chronicling the metal supergroup's first European tour in 2006, Diary of a Mad Band
in all their sludgy, freshly reunited glory. Featuring performances all over Europe, the live album puts the listener right in the middle of the drunken pit as the band delivers its swampy grooves on the other side of the pond, and though it's not the tightest set, with these guys that's not really the point. No matter where they are, Down always manage to shape the hazy heaviness of their music into a set that's more about feeling than technical wizardry. While the murkiness of the sound and the less than ideal mix make it clear this isn't a proper record, the looseness of the performance and the inclusion of Phil Anselmo
's stage banter make this a set that will definitely please Down fans.