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There is a lot to like about Skam.

The U.K. seems to be producing plenty of young bands recently who just love riffs. Riffs for breakfast, riffs for lunch, riffs for tea, plus a quick riff before they go to sleep. These are bands who appreciate that Rock music owes a lot to the Blues but feel that it still needs a good kick up the arse…with a riff.

Skam are definitely one of those bands, one I have now been impressed by twice onstage. The live experiences, although short, certainly had me wondering what they could do in a recording studio and jut as I was wondering that, their second album was hurled at me by an angry postman (don’t ask).

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The promotional blah described Skam as a “Powerhouse Three-Piece”, and that sums them up nicely. Their songs are melodic and heavy, underpinned by (you guessed it) big ass riffs and pounding drums. Vocalist/guitarist Steve Hill pulls off his dual role with aplomb although his vocals could be a little stronger at times. Between them, however, the band deliver music that gets inside your soul and makes it jump about waving devil signs and sporting a silly grin. Even when they slow it down a bit as on ’Precious Stone’ (don’t worry, it’s not a ballad, just a bit slower than the rest) there’s still time for a fierce solo.

So far, so good and Skam certainly tick plenty of boxes for an enjoyable album. The drawback, however, to their reasonably basic song structure is that when you listen to the whole album it can be a bit samey, with tracks having a hard time standing out from the herd. Mind you, possibly the most basic track, ‘Let’s Get Rocked’, is excellent in its simplicity so it’s all a bit swings and roundabouts. Let’s just say there is a lot to like about Skam, but in the end a little variety would have certainly improved what is already a solid album… with lots of riffs.

Alan Holloway

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