The Sign of The Southern Cross ...Of Mountains and Moonshine

The Sign of The Southern Cross ...Of Mountains and Moonshine

These Asheville, NC boys wave their Confederate flag with pride. The Sign of The Southern Cross (named after the Black Sabbath song) combine Southern groove-based metal with thrash influences reminiscent of Down and Corrosion of Conformity. …Of Mountains and Moonshine is anchored by down-tuned, trudging guitar grooves with catchy, chugging riffs, showcased on the self-titled track and "Scry," as well as "Stalking Horse," which has a lot of crunch and is easily the album's best track. Vocalist/guitarist Seth Uldrick is clearly influenced by the soulful voice of the great Phil Anselmo, and he puts forth a worthy effort despite the fact that no one could ever come close to the sound of Mr. Anselmo's tortured soul. Southern Cross's brand of cowboy metal is highlighted by the aptly titled "The South is Rising," which has the most Southern, patriotic feel. "Weeping Willow" is another great tune, with acoustic guitar work and raspy, whiskey-soaked vocals. (Season of Mist)