(Such a great review from www.metal-world.info in Bulgaria that we had to translate it into English!)
Haven’t heard of Henry Metal yet? Well, you have definitely missed out a lot! And no, I don’t mean “heavy metal” - go and read that again. This is HENRY Metal, an old-school metal act from Chicago that is currently creating its own unique genre of music. He will blow your mind and whole existence away, making you dwell on life and laugh hysterically while headbanging to some seriously heavy classical metal. It is now time to immerse yourself in a moment of enlightenment.
Everything about Henry Metal and his music is yet rather clouded with mystery since you can’t find out much about him anywhere except on his website, but when you give his singles a listen, everything starts to reveal and speak for itself.
There is as much self-irony and comedy as there are catchy melodies and expressive guitar soloing in all of the singles and “Wrist is Pissed” is probably the most serious and old-school one. You can hear some definite influences from the 80s’ and 90s’ music, as well as a sweet reminiscent feeling embedded in the sound. Moreover, as Henry Metal has said himself in past interviews, “If the solo melts the face, you know the tune is ace”. The motto seems to be applying itself perfectly here because if “Wrist is Pissed”’s guitar attack doesn’t melt your face, I don’t know what will.
“Henry’s Saga” is another intriguing musical tale that conveys an even more nostalgic emotion in its beginning but later once more evolves into a high-speed riff race. After this, everything turns back to the intense and powerful vocals - a wonderful addition to the sorrowful melody, which surely will touch your heart.
Next in line is the “Workin' For The Man” single, which brings a more cheerful atmosphere but, of course, you can yet again feel the classical metal inspiration present in all of Henry Metal’s work. Next thing you know you’re chanting “Working for the man! Working for the man” all day long. Totally worth it!
As opposed to all above-mentioned singles, “Butthead Maven” goes for a more rock-ish sound but serves as another example for both guitar and vocal excellence, as well as great compositional quality. Once again, you just cannot miss the clever and funny lyrical hints, which apparently are becoming his trademark.
Last but not least in Henry Metal’s list of creatively explosive creations is “Boss of Me” - a song with a strong punk-ish vibe that probably most of us can relate to. Next time you want to delicately swear at someone, just play them the song. Rest assured, it will deliver the message.
Taken as a whole, Henry Metal’s music is contagiously catchy, hilariously witty and irritatingly brilliant. With just a few songs, he has already proven himself to be a musician of high artistic merit and his singles are definitely among the most interesting things that happened to music in 2017. Now there is nothing else to do but to wait and see what else he has prepared for us. Be patient, there is certainly more to come.