Although singer Dallas Taylor is no heathen, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, his latest band (which shares this bill with Modern Life Is War and Paulson), represents a rather unholy enterprise, and thank God for that. Taylor once pledged allegiance to Underoath, a Christian metal-core act with a sizable following. But he split during the 2003 Warped Tour under reportedly ugly circumstances — and when he re-emerged the following year, it was as the frontman of a very different group. Maylene, named for '30s-vintage crime matron Maylene "Ma" Barker, finds Taylor and his cohorts in the guise of rustic ruffians armed with songs that regularly perform shotgun weddings between stoner rock and old-school metallic boogie. The outfit's second disc, which bears the easy-to-remember moniker II, continues this concept via a CD jacket that pictures the players as gunplay victims, and tracks such as "Darkest of Kin," a demented choogler that concludes with Taylor wailing, "God, make me pay like the devil I am!" Lord knows he means it, too.
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