Metal Review – The Sign of the Southern Cross – I Carry The Fire (2011)

Metal Review - The Sign of the Southern Cross - I Carry The FireSouthern Metal act The Sign of the Southern Cross are currently hard at work on the follow-up to 2009’s “Of Mountains & Moonshine”. To shorten the wait until the release of their sophomore album, the band decided to offer three songs recorded late 2010! This EP is entitled “I Carry the Fire.”

This EP is entitled “I Carry the Fire” and can be downloaded for free on Season of Mist’s website:
http://www.season-of-mist.com/bands/sign-of-the-southern-cross-the

I Carry The Fire Tracklist
1. I Carry The Fire
2. If You Find Yourself Looking Back
3. Doomswagger

Someone has been heavy influenced by Down to put it lightly. Of course, that is not a bad thing in any way. The Sign of the Southern Cross was new to me. I had not picked up their 2009 release “Of Mountains & Moonshine” before hearing their latest EP.

The first of three tracks is titled “I Carry the Fire” and is not a bad song in any way. The riffs are heavy, the solo is nice and the vocals are (heavily) influenced by Phil Anselmo. The second track, “If You Find Yourself Looking Back,” is a ballad that I am not sure if I will be able to get into. It is your run of the mill ballad. I do like the cleaner sounding vocals on this track though. This track featured some nice slide guitar work layered under the vocals and another nice solo. The final track of the EP is titled “Doomswagger” and is a straight in-your-face rocker. We are back to the Anselmo-style vocals over some very heavy riffs.

Overall, The Sign of the Southern Cross is not a bad listen at all, so if you are in the mood for some heavy Southern Rock, you could be much worse than “I Carry The Fire.”