Svarte Pan - "Nattvandring"
(Ant Nest Records ANRCD003)
From Aural Innovations #29 (October 2004)
Svarte Pan are a really great band from Malmö, Sweden. This is their second full length CD and a great one. The band are firmly rooted in the 70’s influenced by bands like November, Black Sabbath, Grand Funk and Aerosmith. The have a great collection of songs here that are blues based but have fantastic melodies and cool Swedish vocals. I can’t understand much Swedish and can still really get into the CD and almost sing along. "Det var en man" starts the rocking session off! A cool track with a small jam in the middle that builds up again. "Min vän" is real 70’s party music with a cool harmonica and cool bass line. "Vill ha" is a more hard hitting track with a great melodic groove and cool psyched out wah guitar solo in the middle. I love the way the drums and percussion are mixed here. Cool stuff. "Ballad om Lillebro" is very Black Sabbath inspired and a great track the even ends with a drum solo! They used to do this in the 70’s, have drum solos on studio albums, but never now. Ha! The drum solo fades into the incredible acoustic song, "Gravsäng". "Starkare", another track with a killer mean guitar riff takes off. "Möss & Människor" is very much like the title track, "Black Sabbath", from the first Sabbath record, but done Svarte Pan style. Quite a doomy track. "Däranas Palats" has a cool blues wah guitar before a foot stomping good time rocking track develops. This track has a long cool jam in it and a great psychedelic mix. "Sov Gött", the title track from the bands first CD, is a slow starter but picks up into a heavy rocker. The CD ends with "Drömmar", a really great track with a incredible ending. Surprise is that after about 1 minute of silence, a live jam from some concert comes on for about 3-4 minutes. Fantastic new CD. I can’t wait to hear these guys live!
For more information you can visit the Svarte Pan web site at: http://www.svartepan.com.
Reviewed by Scott Heller