I am struck with the feeling of being down south in the blistering sun, with a deep tan and an ice cold beer. The vast use of the acoustic guitar throughout this album is very appropriate and important in giving this album it's unique sound. The album Southern State of Mind is written, and recorded with one purpose; to reveal and reflect upon the current mind set of folks in the South of the United States. I would not say it's politically motivated but this album does call for unification of Americans, and shares what many feel about the state of affairs for this nation. The clear, yet raw, vocals from Ron and the acoustic guitar mixed with that southern stomp surely reveal a macho cowboy feel throughout Southern State of Mind.
There are notes of anger, mixed with indignation. The lyrics and musical content reveal a fast and hard approach to dealing with one's life like in the songs Southern State of Mind, Acid Reign, Whiskey, and Crucified. Then there are songs like “Better Days”, and “Today I am Hate” that run with deep emotion and reflection.
I will predict that the most requested song from Southern State of Mind will be the song “Whiskey”. It's a rip roarin' full on party song! I know that if I were listening to this tune in a bar, the whiskey would be flowing!
“Addict of War”: use me for what I'm for, abuse me more. Kinda says it all right there. Very aggressive beat with great licks, and vocals akin to Phil Anselmo of Pantera.
“Crucified” leaves the album with a strong finish. This song exemplifies the bands wrting style, and song execution. Righteous use of the wawa pedal, and when the tune breaks into that stomp, whoa, you want to get up and punch someone in the face! It's that motivating!
I am very pleased to have been given the opportunity to review this album. I foresee a successful future for this influential band.