So you thought the Woodstock era was over? Remember the free loving, hard rocking, carefree 1960s – we'll never see them again, right? Well with Svarte Pan'a Nattvandring you can re-live a part of that era for 53 minutes.
Seeing this band live must be a blast. Their music is hard-edged, well played, very old-fashioned, guitar-led rawk – foot-tapping, hard-driving stuff that dips a toe tentatively into today's not-so-progressive stoner-rock genre. The tone is in-your-face, rebellious and defiant, and cocks a snoot at modern day attempts to over-refine music.
The first time you spin it you'll be amused at the retro-styled introduction and, and you're waiting for the more modern music to kick in. Nope – what you hear is what you get and that retro thing stays with you clear to the end – the 1960s music style, the guitar/drum-led mix, the nice solos that aren't really special but have a head nodding appeal, and sadly, the very retro production quality. Don't expect a huge amount of sophistication, but do expect to have fun. Think Stones meets Sabbath by way of early-day Purple, played against a backdrop of bluesy southern rock. The only thing that jars you out of Woodstock's Hudson valley and into a different time-space continuum is the fact that the vocals are all sung in Swedish. So if you aren't a Swede and you don't have a babel fish in your ear, ignore the lyrics and just enjoy the vibe. And don't expect much help from the CD's booklet – that also requires translation.
Track 5 "Gravsång" is an acoustic, folksy piece with a different appeal – listen for the choral vocals backing up the soft acoustic guitar / soft lead guitar mix. It is out of step with the rest of the album, and the only thing wrong with it is its brief 2-minute duration. Longer woulda been nicer. Listen also to the delicate guitar work in "Sov Gott" and tell me your mind is still in the present. This stuff forces you into a time capsule.
So cast your mind back, ignore the lyrics and wallow in the mood.
1. Det Var En Man
2. Min Vän
3. Vill Ha
4. Balladen Om Lillebror
7. Möss Och Människor
8. Dårarnas Palats
9. Sov Gott