Sound — 9
Very few people have had the luck to come across this legend of a band. Though it has just formed, the members were part of another allegedly awesome band called Travail. This Band\Album however, is their take on the Southern Metal scene, and I have to say the sound on this album takes the f***ing cake! From the riffs to the solos to the atmosphere, it's all what one could wish to get their blood flowing, even if it's well in the morning at 5 A.M. Every song has its own groove to go along with the vocals. It just DOESN'T sound like Metal that's being stereotyped these days. This is the real friggin' deal.
Lyrics — 9
Matt Leslie has taken it up a notch, with the throat-wrecking screams and the cocky growls you'd hear throughout the album. The album's lyrics revolves around this plot where there's this dude called "The Gunslinger", another one chasing him called "The Man In Black". The whole album is a story the chase that ensues between the both of them, the latter trying to have his desire of "seeing The Gunslinger under a Tombstone" fulfilled. The screamy, and cocky style of singing doesn't drag the album down at all, if anything it adds to the whole action. It makes it all the more gritty than it already boasts. An impressive feat, considering all the other crappy stuff out there at this time about broken hearts and the cliched and overly used self-hatred.
Overall Impression — 9
The whole album is AMAZING. You'd catch yourself wondering why this band isn't BIG yet. Buy the album! You won't regret spending a single penny. Every song would tell you a story from each character's perspective. This band deserves credibility. Southern Train Gypsy FTW!