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Album Review

Dead Confederate mine a mix of haunting Southern rock and angst-driven grunge on Wrecking Ball, the band's debut album. At its best, Wrecking Ball mires itself in a swamp of spacy guitars and raw vocals, evoking the deep-space atmospherics of Pink Floyd while remaining rooted in the American South. At its worst, the album dives into the same heavy sludge that dominated Silverchair's early work, especially on tracks like "Heavy Petting." Wrecking Ball is a dark, angry affair filled with minor chords and fuzzy guitar riffs; its biggest asset, then, is the band's contrasting love for vintage stoner rock. When grunge and psychedelia combine, Dead Confederate turns out the album's most effective songs, from "Flesh Colored Canvas" (at a whopping 12 minutes, the tune's hypnotic grit almost erases the sourness of its title) to "The Rat," where frontman Hardy Morris wearily begs an ex-lover to shoot him. Fortunately, Dead Confederate bills itself as a psychedelic rock band, which means this reliance on sludgy grunge may decrease on future albums. As a debut album, however, Wrecking Ball only hints at the band's potential.

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Itunes reviews are pretensious

This horrid Itunes album review spurred me to write this rebuttle. First, the one thing they got right is that this album, this band, is raw and heavy. But read in their context would leave one to belive that this outfit is some offshoot of some sophmoric wistfull rock. Open your mind Itunes. This music is refresing in a world of pop inpired pop garbage. It is more feeling than calculation. Isn't that what we want from our artists? The stripped down truth exposing the soul of the band for all to see. GET OUT FROM BEHIND YOUR COMPUTER ITUNES GUY. Go experience the music made by the musicians and live your life. We will all regret it if we don't.

Love it

Come on, people. Instead of listening to pure crap like All Time Low and all that b.s, give dead confederate a chance.

listen to the lyrics and the melodies.

you WILL love this album.

the entire album is awesome!

from start to finish the album rocks. i bought this album months ago and i still listen to it in it's entirely regularly. unique vocals, wicked massive guitar sounds and deep and moving rhythms. 2 thumbs way up!


Formed: 2006 in Augusta, GA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Dead Confederate take a post-grunge approach to their music, which also leans heavily on the group's psychedelic and Southern rock influences. Seeds for the band's formation were planted during the late '90s, when future bandmates Hardy Morris (vocals, guitar), Brantley Senn (bass), Walker Howle (guitar), John Watkins (keyboards), and Jason Scarboro (drums) bonded over a shared affinity for Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath. Although hailing from Augusta, GA, the quintet relocated to Atlanta following...
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