Mississippi Bones – ‘2600 A.D. And Other Astonishing Tales’ (Kozmik Artifactz) Print
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 05 January 2018 04:20

MISSISSIPPI BONES coverA glimpse at both the title and the artwork of this damn fine album may initially suggest the expectation of some B-movie style low-brow sci-fi concept from a bunch of nerdy post-graduate progsters who spend the rest of their time sitting around discussing how to breach the space-time continuum without killing themselves… but, the band’s name and just even the most cursory listen to the opening groove of ‘Bakshi To The Future’ soon dispels any such ill-conceived preconceptions, as this is the sort of sludgy blues that sounds like it has been dragged from the muddies swamps of the deep south with a bottle of moonshine in one hand and a battered six-string in the other…


Actually hailing from the flatlands of Ohio, Mississippi Bones describe their sound as “fat slabs o’ rock” – and that is exactly what you get with this latest offering. Eleven of ‘em, in fact. Huge, big, obese ones. And ones with some of the most glorious song titles you’ll read this side of the river from which they take their name: check out the wonderfully tongue-in-cheek ‘Outhouse Poet Or Shit Lyricist’ for example, or the insanely brilliant ‘Metaphor Is Just A Word’. And the lyrics have enough acidity and sharpness of tongue to match.


The songs are all built on the massive meaty riffs of Dusty Donley and Derik ‘The Moustache’ Dunson, which grunt and growl, snap and snarl at your eardrums with the lascivious intent to worm their way into your aural memory banks and remain lodged there for quite some time. Not that it’s all about the heaviness, as there is enough lightness in the melodies to ensure that this collection works on every level, from the visceral to the thought-provoking.


The rhythm section of the two Jasons – Rector on bass and Miller on drums – underpin the sound with rumbling density and snappy precision respectively, while Jared Collins’ vocal delivery matches the growl and snarl of the geetars with a beautifully ominous mix of acid-tongued observation and impassioned power, as well as showing off an impressive range which complements the dexterity of what is going on behind and around him.


Another impressive aspect of this album is that, unlike many of other protagonists who operate in the same musical mien as the Bones, none of the songs outstay their welcome – five of them are in the three-to-four-minute timeframe, while only two of the others, including closer ‘Thank You For Listening’, coming within sniffing distance of the five-minute mark. Yet, they manage to pack a helluva lot of aural action into each tune, resulting in a compelling and thoroughly enjoyable listening experience.


If you’re a fan of the psyche-edged sludgy blooze that the likes of Clutch and Corrosion Of Conformity produce, then you’ll love this. I am and I do. Now, where did I hide that ‘shine?


‘2600 A.D. And Other Astonishing Tales’ is out now. You can get your copy HERE.




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