Gideon Smith and the Dixie Damned – 30 Weight

Genre: Stoner Goth & Roll

Release Date: out now!

Label: Small Stone Records

Rating: 8.5 out of 10 chocolate starfish

North Carolina rocker, Gideon Smith, is back with his long awaited 3rd album and it’s definitely one of his best efforts to date. Gideon Smith & the Dixie Damned were formed in 1997 from the ashes of Polygram Records Act, Animal Bag. I would say the band sounds like the bastard child of  The Cult and Black Sabbath… Slightly Danzig-esque minus the kitty litter and tour rider. The overall tone of the music is swampy, dark, and seductive. The cohesiveness of the songs certainly make the lp a solid “front-to-back”  recording. While Smith isn’t a pumping out two albums a year, the music always seems to be worth the wait.

The album starts off with one of  Smith’s trademark mid-tempo blues-laced rockers, “Black Fire”. Like so many songs on this record, it is accentuated with Smith’s deep baritone voice, slithering melodic guitar meshed over big riffs  and a rich chorus chalked full of hooky goodness. Other highlights on this record include “Bleed Black” (a Saint Vitus cover), “Ride With Me”, “Born to the Highway”, and  “Do Me Wrong”.

This album managed to sneak right onto my TOP 10 of 2011 list. From the songwriting to the production, Gideon Smith managed to connect the hammer and the nail. If you like dark music that doesn’t make you want to slit your wrists (yes, it’s a fine line), give this one a whirl.

Track listing:

  1. Black Fire
  2. Ride With Me
  3. South
  4. Love of the Vampire
  5. Bleed Black
  6. Do Me Wrong
  7. Born to the Highway
  8. Feel Alive
  9. Shining Star
  10. When I Die
  11. Come and Howl

-Melvin McMichaels