BEFORE I HANG: Mississippi: CD

I hate to be a “judge a book by its cover” kind of guy, but I totally called this one. The cover depicts a slutty-looking redneck woman wrapped around a gallows like a stripper pole. Yep, I’m thinking tough guy Southern hard rock with a slight punk rock edge. I hit the nail right on the head here. Musically, it’s heavy and driving. It really works in that Nine Pound Hammer vein, but then the guy starts yelling and ruins it for me. I can’t put my finger on it exactly, but the sound of his voice made me think of getting tested for an STD. In both cases the pain, both mentally and physically, lingers long after it’s over.

 –ty (Zodiac)