Friday, January 15, 2010

Skånsa Mord - The Last Supper


SKÅNSA MORD
The Last Supper
Small Stone

Heavy-ass blues rock with acid rock undertones and melodramatic overtones. Overt homages to the evolving hard rock of the late 60s and early 70s. Songs with titles like Under the Volcano and A Journey. You’d think we’d all be sick to hell of it by now. And I am, but Skånsa Mord makes me forget my ennui for a while. The Last Supper’s bluesedelia is hardly breaking any ground – hell, it doesn’t even scratch at the soil – but it drips skill and conviction, as if the band is injecting every ounce of itself into these grooves. Made up of veterans from Swedish ensembles Half Man and Mothercake, Skånsa Mord has both the feel and the passion for stuff like Two in the Mourning and The Hermit, finding the blues soul in retro rock in a way even Foghat didn’t back in the day. The not-so-secret weapon is frontman Jan Bengtsson – his colorful singing gives even the most generic sounds personality. The Last Supper ain’t the last word on heavy psych blues rock, but it’s an exclamation point on a sentence you shouldn’t skip over reading.

- Michael Toland
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