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The Sign Of The Southern Cross - I Carry The Fire

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I Carry The Fire
If You Find Yourself Looking Back

Release Date: 2011
Label: Season Of Mist
Categories: Groove, Stoner

MetalBite Review by Kate on 3/30/2011
Hailing from North Carolina, The Sign Of The Southern Cross carries the heaviness of Pantera and the southern blues swagger of Corrosion Of Conformity. Vocalist and founder of the band, Seth Uldricks has the grit and melody of a young Phil Anselmo but still carries his own style and can tell that the whole band is ready to carve out their own niche in the metal scene.

The first and self-titled track from this EP is fast, raw, gritty and dirty. Sethís vocals and harsh and aggressive which make Ryan Sturmís chugging riffs on guitar and Thomas Whites pounding drum action compliment him perfectly. The second track, 'If You Find Yourself Looking Back', slows down but is a nice change, you get to hear a little bit more of Sethís vocals which are powerful and deep. I donít want to make another Anselmo comparison here because thereís more to it than that, Uldricks definitely has got style. These guys have soul and put 110% into their music. The last track goes 'Doomswagger' gets back into the dirt and grit with a groove that makes you wanna bang your head until you just canít anymore. Once I heard the first track, I was hooked and made me want to check out some of the earlier releases which I was just as impressed with.

You definitely want to check these guys out; go to their MySpace page, go to their ReverbNation page. Buy this EP; The Sign of the Southern Cross is a band that deserves your support!

Categorical Rating Breakdown

Musicianship: 8.0
Atmosphere: 7.0
Production: 7.0
Originality: 7.5
Overall: 8.0

Rating: 7.5 out of 10