Sound — 7
Dallas Taylor, renown for being the original frontman of Underoath, returns with his Southern metal band, Maylene & The Sons of Disaster, once again. Anybody listening to 'Dry the River,' one of the tracks also featured in the recently released "The Day Hell Broke Loose at Sicard Hollow EP", will agree that the instrumentals in the album are very technical and flow well together. Many would agree that the guitar riffs are even better than the self-titled debut, but Dallas's changed vocals may stir up some disagreements among fans. As one of the biggest names in indie metal vocalists, more might be expected of Dallas. With each new album, ever since Cries of the Past with Underoath, his voice has seemed to lost it's unique sound and deepness. In 'II', it sounds as if he is simply yelling into a mic, but for some reason sounds better than that. After a minute of this relatively monotonous yelling, the sung choruses will be embedded right into your head. Of course, the album still blends melodic hardcore with southern music just as the self-titled debut did, they made it sound a bit better, but nothing amazingly innovative.
Lyrics — 8
As with their past album, this tells the story of the Barker/Karpis gang of the '30s. Dallas Taylor tells the story well. It has some hidden meanings and metaphors in the lyrics, but it isn't a set of master poems. The story of the Barker/Karpis gang shown in Maylene's music is about Ma Barker, suppossed leader of the gang (although that has proven to be false, Dallas tells the story from folk tales he was told has a child). Ma Barker is gunned down outside her house in the first album, and then her sons (The 'Sons of Disaster') have their own tales. The Barker/Karpis gang was from the south and does go along with the theme of the band and it's sound well.
Overall Impression — 8
If you listen to the album all the way through, you will realize that while some songs such as Dry the River, Death in an Alcoholic, and Wylie are amazing, there are some filler tracks here. It's a good album, one of the best I've heard so far in 2007, but it's not an instant classic. It's worth a listen to any metal fans that want a new sound, after more experience, Maylene & The Sons Of Disaster definetely has potential as a legendary band.