Year Formed
Los Angeles


Founded in Los Angeles in the late 80′s as part of the thriving hardcore scene, downset has evolved into an icon of sorts. As the original blenders of rap, funk, hardcore, punk, metal, and socially aware lyrics, they drew influences from Black Flag to Black Sabbath, Public Enemy to Bob Marley.
Originally under the name 'Social Justice' the band was doing something new and quickly became a huge draw, the industry took notice and they caught the attention of Mercury/PolyGram Records and released their self titled debut in 1994. Rey Oropeza (vocals), Brian Schwager (guitar), Rico Villasenor (bass) and Chris Lee (drums), perfected their unique, in your face assault of rap/rock fusion pounding street anthems, along with artists like Rage Against The Machine and KoRn, who helped to pave the way for the hip-hop/metal explosion of the late 90′s.
In 1996 the band delivered 'Do We Speak A Dead Language?' and won praise for being 'LA's best kept secret' (LA Weekly, February 28, 1997) and Guitar School raved that the band 'delivers a pile-driving mountain of Sabbathian riffs, and harsh militant vocals, taking rap metal to its meanest, heaviest and mangiest heights to date' (April 97). The band tore up the festival circuit including Reading and Roskilde, and toured over 25 countries of the world with all their contemporaries, including Pantera, Deftones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Slayer, as well as a well-deserved spot on the inaugural run of Ozzfest.
As efforts for their third album became frustrating due to contractual entanglements from its labels merger with Universal, the band underwent internal changes and in Oct 2000 the band returned with a new label (Epitaph) and new album Check Your People. Tearing up the main stage on the Tattoo the Earth Tour alongside Slipknot, Hatebreed, Slayer, Mudvayne, and Sevendust, the Massive Distortion stage at P3, as well as jaunts with Soulfly, Fishbone, and Metallica helped reconfirm the bands place among the metal elite, and increased their rabid, ever-growing fan-base. Sandy Masuo of the LA Times lauded their ability to go 'from vehement punk rants to spoken word lulls' and 'combine the blustery and balmy elements for a more dynamic attack'.
The band released 11 blistering self produced songs for their fourth album, 'Universal', released in June of 2004 on Seattle-based Hawino Records which brought them on the Projekt Revolution tour with Linkin Park, Snoop Dogg, KoRn and others; as well as a lengthy headlining tour of Europe and the UK in 2005. Multi-platinum band P.O.D. holds downset in the highest regards of their chosen music genre. Downset is original style which demands total respect, states WUV, drummer of P.O.D.
Downset was geared and primed with vigor to return to the top of the amalgamated world they created almost 2 decades ago. The newest album showcases the uncompromising anger and gritty reality downset fans have learned to expect. Downset is one of the pioneers of hardcore, punk & hip hop. They are true originals, explains Sonny, singer of P.O.D. Their lasting consistency marks the strength and integrity that has been held high in the eyes and ears of fans and believers.