I figured I’d post a little something just so the day doesn’t go by post-less…
That picture just screams Deep South. Led by ex-Underoath frontman Dallas Taylor, Alabama metalcore outfit Maylene and the Sons of Disaster is anything but similar to his alma mater. What makes these recent Ferret-signees so fun to listen to is their distinct Southern sound. I don’t really want to make comparisons between these two bands considering they’re very different, but imagine Fight Paris except with a more grassroots feel, a more metal sound, and about fifty times as bad-ass. Maylene doesn’t sound like some alcohol-fueled metalcore band that wants to get laid after the show (but don’t get me wrong, I like me some Fight Paris too). They’ve got that extra southern sound, like the slide guitar in “Tough as John Jacobs,” that lets you know where they’re coming from. A great return by Mr. Taylor. I’m really excited to listen to this band’s debut release.
See these guys on the road with P.O.D., Pillar, and the Chariot on the Warriors Tour II: Guilty by Association.
Stream some songs off of Maylene’s MySpace page.
Taylor’s resume just keeps on growing. The New Tragic, featuring ex-From First to Last vocalist Phillip Reardon and Dallas on screaming and keyboard duty, are a straight-up good screamo band. It’s not that often that you can call a band that these days, but TNT definetly deserve the title. The band’s first single, “A Half Cocked Smile and 2 Guns Blazin,” has been playing over and over on my iTunes for the past couple weeks. The same vocals Reardon used to launch From First to Last’s Aesthetic EP into success return in the New Tragic. And let’s not forget Dallas’ trademark screams. The two blend perfectly together, as demonstrated in the first few seconds of the band’s single. As far as instrumentals go, The New Tragic isn’t anything revolutionary, but every member of the band works together to make some awesome music. Fans of Underoath’s They’re Only Chasing Safety will definetly love this band.
Once again, a great return for two great musicians. Keep an eye out for these guys, they’re definetly going to get big.
If you want to listen to more songs or watch their video for “A Half Cocked Smile…” check out the band’s MySpace page.