Maylene and the Sons of Disaster
III


4.5
superb

Review

by Comatorium. USER (42 Reviews)
June 23rd, 2009 | 39 replies | 15,233 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist


10 of 13 thought this review was well written

There is a certain stigma that any band with a screaming aspect is associated with. That is, that as each new album is released, the band will go lighter and poppier until nothing recognizable remains. This is often a bad thing. Some bands go with this ideology, and the results are mixed. This is one of the times where its done right.

Maylene and the Sons of Disaster is most known because of former underOATH frontman Dallas Taylor's presence in the lineup. any fan of Taylor's gruff, tobacco juice tinged vocal deliver will be right at home here on III. There are three guitarists in the band, and while usually gimmicky and ineffective (Hawthorne Heights) Maylene manages to incorporate all three in unique and entertaining ways. The drumming is on par with genre standards, and the bass is hardly audible, which is expected. But the spotlight is definitely on the the guitars and vocals, and Taylor and company serve up some southern metal that puts He Is Legend to shame.

The amazing thing about III is, that unlike II, every song has at least a memorable part on it, and also unlike II, they bleed together a lot less.

Waiting On My Deathbed kicks off the album with the sound of cicadas buzzing before an acoustic and distinctly bluegrass/country guitar riff slowly blends in before the song erupts with the introduction of two more guitar parts, and then Taylor begins his throaty singing that blends so well with the raw musical aspect. Setting Scores By Burning Bridges definitely recalls both Maylene's first album and underOATH's early days. Taylor's guttural yet refined scream is the highlight of this track, supported by more fantastic triple-guitar work. Definitely reminiscent of their old song "Caution, Dangerous Curves Ahead." This is a good thing, as in my opinion thats the best thing they've ever written. Just a shock is a showcase of the guitarists abilities on this CD, and the intro riff is nothing short of amazing. Last Train Coming is a straightforward southern metal song, and is without a doubt one of this CD's best, with a catchy chorus with Taylor's screaming placed in the best moments. Step Up is yet another southern metal that is sure to become a staple of their live set. Opening up with a distorted guitar riff that is familiar yet fits with the structure of the song, Taylor's vocals take center stage yet again with extremely deep (tonal), almost spoken word verses, with the whole band contributing to the chorus. Listen Close is without a doubt the highlight of this CD, only rivaled by Settling Scores By Burning Bridges. Its distinguishing feature is one i expected to work against the band in every way: Clean vocals. Not Dallas' gruff singing, but completely clean, melodic singing. It works surprisingly well. Oh Lonely Grave starts out slow with solely guitars strumming along, and the song builds momentum until climaxing with one of the albums heaviest moments, before unwinding with mellow instrumentation and some singing.

In short, if you are looking for some southern rock, this is your album. Better than II, and on par with I, III is an excellent and well rounded album that anyone should be able to enjoy. Now lets just see if He Is Legend's new one can measure up to this. I somehow doubt it.

*If you ever get a chance to see this band live, do it. You won't regret it. End.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Mordecai.
June 23rd 2009



8276 Comments


is this released yet or even Streaming? review is average. You need to break up that middle chunk into paragraphs, its hard to read. Great band anyway

Douglas
June 23rd 2009



9093 Comments


Make sure you spell check and grammar check your work, since there are quite a few errors. Also agree with Mordecai, middle chucnk is HUGE, break it up a bit. I wont neg but it needs work.

Digging: James Vincent McMorrow - Post Tropical

shortone323
June 23rd 2009



883 Comments


These guys pretty much said it. Also, album art?

Papasfritas42
July 7th 2009



29 Comments


decent review, beast of a fourth paragraph.... Listen Close was a huge surprise for me

Distance
July 9th 2009



113 Comments


i did see them live and did not regret it at all.

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
August 10th 2009



2845 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

AHHH THEY DROPPED OFF THE EMERY TOUR

ebay
August 21st 2009



501 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this album goes from being downright badass (the first five tracks), to being a lovely countryish ballad (the sixth track), to being very average and dismissible (the next three tracks), to being wonderfully gritty with a nice fade-out (the last two tracks).

stevenjohn
August 31st 2009



4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i found tracks five-ten to be much more stimulating than one-four (with two and three still being damn good songs).
but that might have to do with this being my "driving down the road in alabama to buy some bbq after work" CD.

great album. i was afraid it would be yet-another-watered-down-rehash of their debut (II was a disappointment for me), so i took a while to finally purchase it. but boyhowdy am i glad i did.

callumofsalem
November 2nd 2009



9 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

One of the few albums this year i would give 5 stars to. Since II they have definately experimented with vocal work alot and I think it is a highlight of the album. Although distinctly southern, the riffs have a hardcore and dare i say, an occasional metalcore edge? Definately in the top 3 albums of the year in my book.

Inveigh
November 6th 2009



24879 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album rocks my face off

Digging: YOB - Clearing The Path To Ascend

Emim
November 6th 2009



26572 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Settling Scores By Burning Bridges" and "Listen Close" are awesome.

Comatorium.
December 26th 2009



4103 Comments


Its nice to have an album that wears well.

Fucking Syncope Threshold...

Zizzer
December 31st 2009



915 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Why is there no artwork for this? How do you edit albums?

TRMshadow
December 31st 2009



4982 Comments


You either have to have done it yourself (which you probably didn't) or you have to beg to the mods to do it. Deviant finally get them to fix the Irepress artwork the other day.

TRMshadow
January 8th 2010



4982 Comments


This is an awesome album. When I first picked up this album I put it on repeat about 15 times and loved every minute of it. Then, somewhere along the road I thought it was cool to be elite and bag on this. Why the heck do I do stupid stuff like that?

Side note: I just got #1 global score on audiosurf for "Just a Shock"

fr33convict
April 17th 2010



11687 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The opening riff to just a shock isnt very difficult on guitar at all. But it's really awesome

JWT155
April 17th 2010



9211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This record is awesome.

fr33convict
May 24th 2010



11687 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm really considering buying II but seeing as how I haven't heard it, is there any significant difference between II and III?

random
October 25th 2010



2261 Comments


Some excellent Southern metal here.

fr33convict
October 25th 2010



11687 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

II > I > III



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