Released: 2003, Leviathan
I did not have the pleasure of hearing from the Southern Gentlemen on their debut so indeed this disc did ‘Double My Pleasure’ as the anticipation was well rewarded. The Southern Gentlemen in question are some familiar faces from the Leviathan roster, namely David T. Chastain, Kevin Kekes (ex-Damien, Vainglory) and the ever-busy Mike Haid.
This power trio of rock and metal veterans show their skill at another sub-genre (?) of rock namely rockin’ blues. Don’t le the term ‘blues’ turn ya off. This is more rock than blues something along the lines of SRV or David Wilcox. The guitar is first and foremost and the blues is for flavour, so none of these complaint filled boring lyrics about how, “My baby left me today so I’m drinking my blues away in this smoky bar” crap. However, lyrically there IS a heavy emphasis on the ladies but in a more interesting fashion.
This well presented disc has lyrics, photos and the usual high-quality, sonic presentation produced by the Leviathan group. I wish the cover print quality was a bit better but that is not a big concern. I just wanted a clearer look at the hot chick on the front.
Musically, this power-trio could easily go toe to toe with Ted Nugent. High praise I realize but these boys show that after mastering rock and metal they have no problem making the transition into a newer arena. The songs are all solid, no frills, crunchy and fun hard rock. “Racing Back to Mississippi’ and ‘MY Best Friend’s Girl’ put a big smile on my face. Good thick guitar tone, raw but certainly not unintelligible vocals, courtesy of Chastain himself and ten punchy songs make this disc a winner.
Fans of blues, rock and guitar in general will be pleased with the Southern Gentlemen’s view on life, love and the ladies from down south. Visit them at http://www.southerngentlemen.com