Paths to Charon
I’m sure Skånska Mord singer/mouth harpist Janne Bengtsson is tired of the Chris Cornell comparisons (hell, I even made one when I reviewed their 2010 debut The Last Supper, so this makes me twice guilty now), but if it eases the annoyance any, Skånska Mord is everything Soundgarden wishes it was, especially after that “Live to Rise” dreck the resurrected Seattle band laid on us this summer. To their own then, Skånska Mord is a high holy stoner blues outfit doling out giant chunks of Swedish hard rock like Santa Claus in a Grand Funk Railroad t-shirt, and unless you’ve been exceptionally bad this year, you need not miss out on this big-balled gift. I previously accused the band of flirting with a mainstream heavy sound, but Paths to Charon has served me notice to shut the fuck up, its choice riffs reaching even deeper into the 70s ethos this time around to pluck out as much boogie and groove as they possibly can, with songs like “Addicts” (featuring Spiders’ Ann-Sofie Hoyles on vocals) and “A Black Day” setting that rock n’ soul tone nice and early. There’s still plenty of brawny strut thanks to songs like “Dark Caves of Our Mind,” “The Flood,” and “Alien Encounter,” but it’s the maxed-out jam factor this album fully embraces that impresses me the most.
Listen to the first six tracks from Paths to Charon by Skånska Mord!
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