It’s a perfect ten for Bernard, as The Beautiful South might have said

If you took a tall glass and filled it halfway with Corrosion Of Conformity, then filled the remaining half with Clutch and popped in a Kyuss flavoured cherry for good measure, you’d have some cocktail. Well the good news for all the thirsty rockers out there is that Mississippi Bones have done just that.

Mississippi Bones hail from Ohio and released their first album in 2010. This is their third full-length album and it is outstanding.  Full of crunching riffs, it rocks from start to finish. This doesn’t mean they have forgotten the songs though – they have the same knack as the mighty Clutch in that they can make something that is really heavy whilst being catchy at the same time. The riffs and vocal hooks become instantly familiar and it’s an easy record to enjoy. There is not one weak track present and it’s difficult to single out favourites. However special mention goes to these three; ‘The Electric Church’ – it’s a great track that is the closest they get to a Clutch homage; ‘If You Find Hell Lonely’ is the heaviest thing here, a terrific song with a thumping big guitar riff; ‘Scally Wags & Ne’re Do Wells also needs mentioning – great title with lyrics that would give Neil Fallon a run for his money and the music doesn’t disappoint either.

This is my album of the year so far and I can’t recommend it enough.


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