Sound — 10
This band creates a musical style unlike anything that I've ever heard before. Screaming guitars, rumbling bass, and thunderous drums combine to make this album a must have for any heavy metal and/or southern rock fan. Lead vocalist and guitarist Joe Davis uses elements of his favorite musicians and molds them into his own unique sound. Slide guitar played over heavy, southern styled riffs coupled with shred guitar solos represent the genre of "Swamp Metal" very well.
Lyrics — 9
The vocals on this record are fantastic. Davis' loud and crunchy timbre drives each and every song, while still allowing the soulful feel of Piece of Mind (and others) to shine through. Hailing from Kannapolis, NC, some songs represent life in the south, a must for any southern rock band. Aside from a few phrases here and there, the lyrics are well written and easily understood. The power-packed vocals and lyrics are sure to hit home.
Overall Impression — 10
Overall, this is an excellent album. Unlike a lot of bands and records out nowadays, this CD feels "complete." The presence and power of songs like "Last Man Standing" leaves you on the edge of your seat, while the swamp anthem "Swamp Woman" and acoustic "Piece of Mind" blur the lines between "mainstream" and pure rock'n'roll. I bought this album as part the 3 CD package deal off the band's website (www.thejoedavisband.com) and I can't stop listening to it, and the others. If you like Lynyrd Skynrd, Ozzy, Blackfoot, Black Label Society, etc. then you have to pick up this record.