Now this is Swedish fucking death metal. Well, Swedish death metal meets crust but seriously, this is the most Swedish thing I’ve heard since the glory days of the early 90s. Henry Kane have their new record ‘Den Förstörda Människans Rike’, coming out on Monday through Transcending Obscurity, and it is positioned to be a highlight of 2017.
‘En själ till salu’ opens with a painfully raw riff, severing limbs and caving skulls instanteously. Rabid vocals howl from the speakers, while savage riffs hide the subtlest of melodies within them. A cacophony of Scandinavian black magic laces each poisonous riff, like venom on a snake’s fang. Each track flails with hopeless abandon, like the arm on the cover, grasping futilely for help, for salvation. Punishing blasting drags you back into the fold, during the hellish ‘Skuld och begär’ and the furious title track, which has more than a dash of melancholy about it in parts.
A relentless record that barely lifts the foot off the accelerator, but when it does there are some hidden moments of melody and subtlety that you would never expect coming from a crusty, grinding death metal monster like this. Henry Kane are special because of precisely this, and ‘Den Förstörda Människans Rike’ is the kind of album you’ll hear different things on each listen. Twisting, grinding, savage death metal that thunders at breakneck place and leaves those too weak to follow broken, battered and dead. Awesome stuff!