Skam - 'It's Come To This...' (Casket Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 01 September 2012 04:15

SKAMLeicester trio Skam and their brand of groove-laden blues-fuelled funky hard rock first came to the attention of this particular member of the UR massive when they opened for The Answer and The Union on their co-headlining tour earlier this year.

 

Their debut studio album is, it must be admitted a slightly different kettle of fish: for a start, it's harder, edgier - yes, it's steeped in the blues, and has funky touches, but its veins very much flow with the retro blood of the softer, more melodic end of the NWOBHM spectrum. 'Soldiers Of Rock' is a clear statement from the outset, built on a punchy riff that wouldn't sound out of place on a classic Samson or Stampede album, for example, as would both 'Dead From The Waist Down' and 'No Lies', the latter of which echoes mid- to latter- era UFO while the latter also has a faint Fastway-style vibe to it.

 

'Massacre' is the first track to introduce that funk vibe that so impressed your scribe live, and is reminiscent of a mellower Thin Lizzy, while the bruised blues of 'Going Away' evokes memories of my fellow countrymen No Hot Ashes and The Grip. 'Weapon' and 'The Touch Of Death' both have very strong funky bass undertones, with the use of distort on the latter giving it a welcome heavier tone, which in turn is augmented by a stunning solo from Steve Hill, and is definitely one of the album's highlight moments.

 

'Frustration' is another hard-hitter, but with another funky vibe, thanks to Matt Gilmore's exemplary bass work - and we better give a shout out to drummer Ray 'X - Ray' Peverill, who underpins every track with precision and efficiency, occasionally being thrust forward to use his skills to keep an aggressive edge to proceedings, which he does so easily, as on the latter half of this particular track.

 

The final two tracks - 'Hold Me Down' and 'Revealing' - are another pair of tunes with their feet very firmly rooted in NWOBHM, the former with a huge melody welded to a steelrod rhythm with two more great performances from Gilmore and Hill in the middle section, the latter with one of those lighters-in-the-air sway-along openers which slowly builds into an eminently danceable belter of a tune.

 

If you like your rock hard and funky (stop sniggering in the corner!) with its roots in the 80s but its attitude firmly from the 21st century, then Skam are definitely worth checking out...

 

http://www.skamuk.com/

 

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