Reviewed: July 2017
Released: 2017, Sliptrick Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
‘Walk Through The Line’ is the first full-length album from the Greek southern rock band, Dead South Dealers. And what a first album it is! It was a suprise. Greece is not a country well-known for its rock/metal bands (although we’ve heard some good bands from there, not to mention the amazing Rotting Christ) so I was interested in this debut. The guys say that they are influenced by the godfathers of heavy music Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath plus newer bands like Clutch and Alter Bridge and indeed you can hear these in Dead South Dealers’ music. I am quite sure that at least the bass player used to listen to Tool.
The cover art reminds me bit of a DaVinci drawing or an illustration from an old medical book, and I like this half-heart/half-brain organ. By the way there is more heart in the songs than brain. Don’t get me wrong, what I mean is that the guys play from the heart; there are more feelings to it and it is not hard technical music. Here I have to mention the vocals of Pavlos Kroustis. He has an amazing voice and it is really emotional – he adds a lot the album. His voice fits the southern rock style well.
The production is professional. The mastering is by Alan Douches who’s worked with Misfits, Converge, Motorhead, Clutch and Mastodon, and has also worked on some of the biggest NYHC albums – the list goes on and on… Even if you don’t enjoy ‘Walk Through The Line’ – which I doubt – you’ll love the sound of it.
I can’t really choose the highlight of the album – it’s maybe ‘Walk Through The Line’ but I love ‘Keep ’em Coming’ and ‘Vinnie The Vet’ too… other songs also make me want to ride an old Ford Mustang on a dusty road while I’m on the liquor and listen to them on full blast.
This first full-length effort is a great place to start for both the band and listeners and I am quite sure that we’re going to hear more from Dead South Dealers. I really hope that they are going to hit the road soon so I can catch them somewhere.
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