As you can see, Jonny Pettersson has one of the most epic beards in metal. As those of us know who saw him front Wombbath at this year’s Maryland Deathfest, he’s also a charismatic stage presence with a huge, ferocious voice — which has put teeth and guts in releases by not only Wombbath but also such bands as Ashcloud, Just Before Dawn, Vholdghast, and Syn:drom. With 20 years of experience in extreme metal dating back to the early demos of Disfigured Victims, Pettersson has now turned his talents to a solo project named Henry Kane, whose debut album Den Förstörda Människans Rike will be released in February by Transcending Obscurity Records, and today we’ve got the premiere of an album track named “Skuld Och Begär“.
You might recognize Henry Kane as the name of the soul-devouring supernatural antagonist in the Poltergeist film series, and there’s a soul-devouring quality to the music on the album, too. But the music is also a twist on the styles of Swedish death metal that have typically been Pettersson’s meat and potatoes in his other bands — as you’ll discover in this blast furnace of a new song.
“Skuld Och Begär” is less than two minutes long, but that’s probably a good thing. Any longer and it might not leave the listener with any teeth or unbroken bones. The song gives you an immediate preparatory dose of massive HM-2 distortion and then erupts in a maniacal grinding rampage with a snare attack that alternately blasts and d-beats. It hits with the force of a slaughter-minded steamroller that’s moving at the speed of a Harley with the throttle wide open.
To add further mayhem to the murder, Pettersson’s vocals are certifiably insane — raw, braying howls mixed with crazed yells, piercing screams, and a sound that resembles someone violently vomiting blood.
As I wrote when I heard the first advance track from the album (which I’m installing down below along with our premiere), if you’re looking for a genre label, think crusty death/grind, or deathly grind/crust, or grinding death/crust. Or just let the song have its way with you. It won’t take long.
Den Förstörda Människans Rike will be released in a digipak CD edition limited to 300 copies with a hand-numbered certificate and a badge, available here:
The same package also comes bundled with a t-shirt via this link:
And it’s also available for pre-order on Bandcamp: