Well, let me start off this review by stating I’m by no means a music critic. I wont go on and on about the technical prowess of a guitar player or how many beats per minute the drummer is dishing out. I either like something or I don’t and that’s all my reviews will be based on. Maybe I should just call them opinions? Anyway, lets get to it!
Southern Dose of Rebellion is a band from San Antonio Tx. their CD Retaliation was released January 26th 2013. The band consists of Riley Kidder -Vocals, Corey Evans -Guitar, Joe Spiers -Bass Guitar & Clinton Merrifield -Drums.
The opening track is “A Reason to Bleed” it starts out fast and furious and doesn’t let up. I had a pretty good idea I was going to like this band about 10 seconds in when I heard a very Randy Blythe like scream from Riley.
The next track “Southern Dose” switches gears just a little, it’s still heavy as shit, but it’s got a groove to it.
“Slaying the Lamb” The first time I listened to this track it was one of my least favorites on the CD. I’ve listened to the CD start to finish about 5-6 times now and it’s growing on me. The end of the track has a slight doom feel to it and it leads into the next track REALLY well.
“I Am Your God” continues the slower doom feel from the previous track then kicks it up a notch. It’s one of the slower songs on the CD, but it’s got a really heavy grind to it.
“Dethroned” My hands down fav track on this CD (you can download it for free on their ReverbNation page here) maybe it’s the Dimebag like squeal in the chorus from the guitar, or the heavy groove from the bass. I Don’t know, but it rocks. or here it here
“Secede” is southern metal through and through, it’s got Texas attitude all over it.
“The Art of Confession” reminds me a lot of Lamb of God, I keep getting a “hey that sounds like….” and then before I can place the song its gone. But that may explain why its also one of my fav tracks.
“Remission” The pace of this song changes back and forth from hard and fast to a slower grind. First thing that comes to mind is the pit. If you’ve been to a metal show you know what I’m talking about. all hell breaks lose and then about halfway through the song there’s a break, the pit slows down. A slow moving circle of metal heads waiting. Then all hell breaks lose again.
“Flawed” This is my second fav track, the intro has an epicness to it like they are preparing to unleash an ass kicking.
“Retaliation Before Submission” is the last track, and finishes out my top three tracks. It starts off heavy but ends with a slower tempo and is the perfect end to this CD.
In a nutshell, I REALLY like this CD. I’ve listened to it from beginning to end 5-6 times now and added it to my phone to listen to at work. Southern Dose of Rebellion have a Lamb of God like vibe to them, but they don’t sound like a Lamb of God copy. According to their ReverbNation BIO they are a fairly new band. That can mean only one thing. The only way to go from here is up. There is a little bit of everything on this CD Groove, Thrash, Doom and straight up HEAVY METAL.
Rock and Roll is alive and well in San Antonio! They currently play in and around San Antonio and Austin, hopefully we will see them in other places in the great state of Texas soon. I know I’d love to see them in Houston, I bet they put on a kick ass show.
You can find more info about Southern Dose of Rebellion on:
If you are in the San Antonio area you can see them live June 1sr at:
12285 Nacodoches Road
San Antonio, TX
Tickets: $5 21 & Up $10 Minors
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