Formed in 2006 from a melding of then-defunct and highly regarded Swedish bands Half Man and Mothercake, Skånska Mord was the next logical step in the natural evolution of both bands: a crossroads where the metal-inclined Mothercake fell into the swampy blues rock of Half Man. Blended rhythm sections rarely sound this in sync, but one can easily chalk that up to the common ground shared by all the members. First, the fact that they all come from the same place: Örkelljunga, a small village in the south of Sweden. In fact, the three older members (Jan Bengtsson, Patric Carlsson, and Patrik Berglin) have been friends since their early teenage years. Bengtsson and Carlsson, in particular, have been playing together for 16 years in Half Man and before that, in various constellations they ve been pretty much inseparable through both their< musical careers. Second, is their common love for old 70s hard and heavy rock. A lot of inspiration has been collected through the years, much like Bengtsson and Carlsson s sizeable collections of vintage vinyl, among them a king s ransom of hard rock, progressive, blues, and psychedelia. In some way, this shared musical background helped give birth to a special sound, which is uniquely Örkelljungan.
All of this adds up to The Last Supper, the band s debut release. A record that neither band could have achieved on its own, it seems quite natural as the sum of all its parts. Thick layers of pulsating rhythms stretch out beneath Jan Bengtsson s powerful vibrato while Patrik Berglin and Petter Englund trade licks back and forth, ebbing and flowing like the tide in hypnotic syncopation.