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Album Review

Southern rock didn't end with the 1970s or disappear after the heyday of Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, the Outlaws, the Marshall Tucker Band, Black Oak Arkansas, and Molly Hatchet, but it did evolve — and some of the gutsiest Southern rock of the '90s and 2000s was in the alternative metal realm. Bands like Alabama Thunderpussy, Hammerlock, Brand New Sin, and Backdraft have had no problem combining Southern rock and alt-metal, which is also the combination that Maylene & the Sons of Disaster have favored. Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top are prominent influences on the band's third album, III, but so are Pantera and Corrosion of Conformity; so are metalcore and hardcore. And that metalcore/hardcore element is something that separates Maylene & the Sons of Disaster from other bands that have combined Southern rock and alt-metal. There are obvious parallels between Maylene & the Sons of Disaster and the Southern-fried alt-metal of Hammerlock, Brand New Sin, and Alabama Thunderpussy; there is no reason why someone who fancies those bands shouldn't be able to get into Maylene & the Sons of Disaster as well. But that metalcore/hardcore influence adds a new dimension to the Southern rock/alt-metal fusion that has been going on in post-'80s metal, and Maylene & the Sons of Disaster come by it naturally; after all, the band was founded by singer Dallas Taylor, formerly of the Christian screamo/post-hardcore outfit Underoath. And even though III will never be mistaken for any of Underoath's albums, Taylor's in-your-face vocals nonetheless reflect his screamo/post-hardcore past. Headbangers who hold alternative metal and Southern rock in equally high regard will find III to be a consistently engaging listen.

Customer Reviews

Maylene is shaping up to be one of the best bands out there!!!

This form of Maylene is DEFINITLY a force to be reckoned with!!! I knew when I saw them in San Diego (2nd show I think with the new line up!) and they were ALREADY playing older Maylene songs better than I have ever heard that this new album would be far beyond incredible. Little did I know it would be this good! First off the guitars... top notch! THe solos are so fresh and in your face! The blend of triple guitars and of all things A BANJO works SO WELL!!!! Whoever is playing the Banjo is extremely talented! The only thing I was worried about at first is the new drummer. Being a drummer and knowing the Maylene drum parts I was worried because the new drummer was really filling all the spaces with fills and it was not really working when I saw them, but he has settled down and learned the ways of Southern Rock drumming, haha!!! The band functions really well together, better than there past albums. They mess with times signatures a whole lot. While still holding true to their Southern Rock roots, and BY NO MEAN LEAVING THEM, they step outside of the south a little in some parts of the songs!!!! This album is already one of my favorite cds of 2009! The guitar riffs and solos in this new album is some of the best I have heard in a long while! I want to write more because of how amazed and excited I am about III, but I would just start to repeat myself. Maylene is not just another Southern Metal band anymore, and III definitly shows it by the intricate music! Everyone PLEASE ENJOY THIS ALBUM!!!! Every track is standout, but my favorites, so far, are Waiting on My Deathbed, Settling Scores By Burning Bridges, Harvest Moon Changing, and always of course, their now signature slow song with vocals followed by thesouthern music jam as the last two songs of the album (much like one hinted at, and II implemented)!

Pulling out the stops!!!!!!!

This band never ceases to amaze me! CONSISTANTCY. Album after album they just keep getting better and better. This band truely is a diamond in the rough in todays music culture. They truely are original,raw, refreshing Southern Hard Rock.They deliver the Goods: Gritty guitar riffs, solos with a swagger and perfect vocals too boot. Ahhhhhhh now thats real Soutern Comfort!!! They got a big mainstream sound and watch...... They'll be turning more heads!!....

Maylene= awsome

Maylene just keep getting better better each ablum. Even the first 2 albums were good but this one is just even better. just good ole Southen Rock/ Metal. Makes me proud to be southern

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Formed by singer Dallas Taylor shortly after he was bounced from the long-running Christian metalcore act Underoath (rumor has it that the rest of the band considered Taylor's marriage proposal to his longtime girlfriend evidence of insufficient devotion to the Rock), Maylene and the Sons of Disaster are something of a stylistic change. Although they share Underoath's hardcore roots, there's an old-school vibe to Maylene and the Sons of Disaster's sound that suggests the generation of 1970s boogie...
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