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Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster - ‘III’

Ronnie Kerswell
Ronnie Kerswell 24 June 2009 at 16.00

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These boys are flying the flag for all that is gritty in the South...

Proving there’s nothing sweet about their home town of Alabama, these boys are flying the flag for all that is gritty in the South. Signalling a slightly more cleaned-up (production-wise) sound, ‘III’ (yes, you’ve guessed it, Maylene’s third effort), sees a pedal to the metal, rocked-up outfit. Moving on from the dirty Dukes Of Nothing-esque ‘bottom E’ jams of their former outing, there are still hints of the country ways that make them stand out from the crowd – most noticeably in opener ‘Waiting On My Deathbed’ where an off-kilter banjo squares up to slabs of hefty rock, conjuring up images of Deliverance - hell, you can even imagine a toothless, piss-stained redneck threatening to make you ‘scream like a pig’! There’s soaring guitar histrionics in the blazing ‘Settling Scores By Burning Bridges’ and ‘Listen Close’ echoes vintage country rock. But if you want a high-rollin’ bronco to buck, ‘Step Up (I’m On It)’ is your beast, full of the kind of groove and swagger usually reserved for cattle-drivers, moonshine swiggers, gun-toting outlaws and the sort of people you don’t want to meet in a gas station way outta town. Southern comfort? Hell no - ‘III’ is crim-core to the max!

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