Sunday, January 1, 2012
Maylene and the Sons of Disaster
Do you like sludge? Yeah sludge...you know the greasy grimy kind of stuff? Do you like your music to sound like aural equivalent of that visceral substance? Well if you do, then you should say hi to your new best friends, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster. This group take metal slow it down, mess it up, and churn it out at a pace that's slow and painful. Their self-titled album is like nu-metal if it were sedated and actually good.
Maylene and the Sons of Disaster is a post grunge sludge metal feast that broods and grinds it's way through the twelve songs here as if it were a slow motion bulldozer. While this all might sound like the gloomiest music on record, it actually isn't all grey skies and depression. Somewhere lost in the power chords, the band manage to find doses of melody hidden under rocks and stoneriffic guitar work. It's quite a feat because most of this record is a simmering boil of angst, guitar riffs, and bashed drums that sound like a migraine headache on a bad day. That being said, and pain medication aside, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster is a good record for what it is
Despite having no members in the band named Maylene, the band does live up to the sons of disaster end of things as the band carve out swathes of destruction with each and every tune on Maylene and the Sons of Disaster. Even at their melodic best the band still leave a trail of destruction a mile wide that will have you reaching for your old Sabbath and Kyuss records. This is the sound of power and it is indeed good stuff. If you like disaster and destruction in a musical sense...These sons want to meet you.