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Artist: Dead Moons Grey 
Label: Soundmass
Time: 10 tracks/45:25 min.

Appalachian metal, huh? Southern metal is now so popular I guess it is spawning sub-genres.  Not that I mind ­ there are some differences between Dead Moons Grey and Maylene & The Sons of Disaster.  But DMG is still crunchy, groovy, and Southern to the core ­ even if a tad bit rough around the edges.  A few mistakes are made here and there that an outside producer could have fixed.  Sometimes the vocalist attempts to go Southern "whiskey soaked" in sound, but comes across as grungy.  Thatís probably why other bands choose to scream.  But these minor distractions are in no way enough to sink the album overall.

A quick note on two things that might need mentioning: The first one is the language. Those that find the occasional use of the shortened form of the word "damnation" offensive need to be careful. There are only a couple of instances, but lest somebody complain, I thought I would let you know.  The band makes it obvious in most songs that they are Christians ­ just look at the song "Savior." I am just giving a warning for those with really sensitive ears.

The second one is the use of the confederate flag in the artwork.  I do not want to jump in that debate, but just know that they do use it.  I doubt they mean any offense by it, however.

But I just point these two things out for those out there that need to hear it ­ for the rest of us, the music and the heart of the band members are what matters. If you like Southern metal, maybe even some that leans less towards Pantera and more towards Lynyrd Skynyrd ­ you will find a new friend in Dead Moon Grey.

Matt Crosslin  (August 18, 2010)


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