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MAYLENE and the SONS of DISASTER New Album

by on Jun.17, 2007, under Metal Music News

Red hot Birmingham, AL hard rock unit MAYLENE and the SONS of DISASTER’s new music video — for the surging track “Dry the River” has been posted for online viewing. “Dry the River” is the lead track from the MATSOD’s critically acclaimed new album, “MAYLENE and the SONS of DISASTER: II”.

The world premiere of the “Dry the River” video marks an industry first as the eagerly anticipated clip becomes the first ever music video to make its debut via the official Hot Topic website, The conceptual video, a live action recreation of the “MAYLENE and the SONS of DISASTER: II” album art, was helmed by Director Andrew Paul Bowser and tells the story of “the last night for a gang of criminals” (as portrayed by the members of MAYLENE and the SONS of DISASTER) whose “lucky streak has finally come to an end.” To view the video, please visit

“The ‘Dry The River’ video was based on the layout of the our new album “II”, and it turned out amazing,” MAYLENE and the SONS of DISASTER vocalist Dallas Taylor explains. “To me it feels like watching a short film and I don’t think it could have turned out any better – I am so proud of it. The experience was like being a part of something more that just a music video. We put ourselves through a lot of difficult things, like standing in 40 degree water for an extended periods of time, falling down hills and being dragged over rocks. I believe that all of the hard work we put in, coupled with the vision of Director Andrew Bowser will ensure that this video comes across as more of an ‘experience’ for the viewer.”

On the topic of hosting the MAYLENE and the SONS of DISASTER video premiere, the retailer comments, “Hot Topic is very proud to present the world premiere of Maylene and the Sons of Disaster’s new video “Dry the River.” “Sharing new music is a really important part of what we do, so to be able to partner with Ferret and Maylene on something as cool as this is just great for the community.”

Released via New Jersey’s Ferret Music, “MAYLENE and the SONS of DISASTER: II” is an album that is conceptual in nature, expounding on the true tales of 1920’s gangster Ma Barker and her prohibition era real-life crime family. The record’s gritty musical shootouts are filled with intricate guitar riffing and whiskey drenched grooves, while the lyrics take your imagination back to a time when the exploits of gangs of criminals gripped the American people and press. The album debuted at # 156 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart in its first week of release and has met to shining critical acclaim in the weeks since.

MAYLENE and the SONS of DISASTER will bring their hard hitting live show on the road when they kick off a massive, six week U.S. tour beginning June 14 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The band has also been added to the star-studded cast of the 2007 Vans Warped Tour, where they will perform alongside Bad Religion, Fishbone, Sum 41 and more. A full listing of upcoming MAYLENE and the SONS of DISASTER follows this message.
In addition to Taylor, MAYLENE and the SONS of DISASTER features guitarists Josh Cornutt, Josh Williams and Scott Collum, bassist Roman Haviland and drummer Lee Turner. View the MAYLENE and the SONS of DISASTER: II E-Card at this location.

“furious…the concept is not restricted to Taylor’s lyrics. The album’s layout re-creates the fatal shootout that claimed Ma Barker’s life, featuring images of the band, riddled with bullet holes, slumped over in chairs and spread out across a small cabin’s floorboards.” – MTV NEWS

“One of 2007’s ‘Bands You Need To Know” – ALTERNATIVE PRESS
“II expands the band’s sound with a forceful metal sound that compliments Taylor’s growls. The result is a fantastic album that shoots straight for every Southern boy’s heart, full of aggressive and catchy hooks that have too long been missing from more noise-obsessed metal bands, and a unique message informed by a deranged obsession with one of the south’s most infamous group of outlaws.” – BIRMINGHAM WEEKLY

“Maylene and the Sons of Disaster proved they were on to something potentially cool, and they follow that up in very confident fashion on their new album… we can’t help but hope Maylene and the Sons of Disaster continue trudging through hard rock’s backwoods” – POPMATTERS
“There’s no whiskey factory large enough to hold this sucker. It’s Derek Trucks discovering his inner Mastodon. It’s Lamb of God suddenly trading in metalcore for .38 Special.” – LAS VEGAS CITY LIFE

“For their sophomore release, Maylene gets conceptual, channeling the chilling tale of prohibition-era gangster Ma Barker into a hard-driving Southern rock record. On II, the group produces jarring, fearless metal and thunderous rock as they unleash a virtuous, three-guitar fury with a refreshingly strong lyrical narrative.” – CMJ

“Conceptually inspired by the Depression-era Ma Barker Gang, ‘II’ hits getaway-car speed with mid-album crunchers like “Darkest of Kin” and “Raised by the Tide.” The bullet-riddled balladry of the discs’ latter third may bring these boys down in the end, but it’s still one helluva ride.” – REVOLVER

“This is music steeped in Southern traditions, yet modern enough to bring them into the new millennium. Maylene’s latest goes so full-immersion into the legend of one of the early 20th century’s most notorious citizens that it sometimes seems possible that the ghosts of Ma Barker and her sons are lurking in the grooves.” – THE HARTFORD COURANT
“MAYLENE come across as a dirty southern rock band playing to their hardcore and metallic roots / strengths; vocalist Dallas Taylor’s better at being screamy and doing the raspy AC/DC holler, the rhythm section is as tight as the Daytona 500 starting grid and they write fucking monstrous choruses…like a more youthful RAGING SLAB or DOWN, courtesy of a huge-sounding tri-axe attack.” – METAL MANIACS

“For polished boot-stompin’ stonerboogie, this album is pretty damn spot on and puts to shame, say, Black Label Society’s one-trick ponyisms.” – DECIBEL

“a tasty platter of southern-tinged hard rock strut and metallic boogie that succeeds both for its blazing riffs and memorable songwriting…an ambitious effort on which the sounds and the story weave together into an exciting and thoroughly enjoyable whole…gripping” – BLABBERMOUTH

“MAYLENE, comprised of Dallas Taylor (vocals), Lee Turner (drums), Roman Haviland (bass), and Scott Collum, Josh Cornutt, and Josh Williams (guitars), have taken concept albums to a new level by not only telling the story of Ma Barker but taking on the role of her gun-slinging sons.” – THE AQUARIAN WEEKLY

“the triple guitar attack is just colossal…II is a top-notch southern rock/metal effort. This album goes above and beyond any expectations that may have been set. MAYLENE is easily going to make themselves known in the rock and metal community with this release.” – DECOY MUSIC

“heavy metal meets history as the songs are inspired by the prohibition era mayhem of Ma Barker and her boys.” – POSITIVELY YEAH YEAH YEAH

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