Released: 2017, Transcending Obscurity
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz
Turn down the mid-range on the amps and crank up the HM-2s, because it’s about to get Swedish up in here.
Apparently Jonny Pettersson felt his day job in Wombbath wasn’t heavy enough and needed another outlet to express his pissed-offedness at the world. Enter Henry Kane; named after the preacher villain in the Poltergeist series and dripping with old school circa-92 Swedeath hostility, DEN FÖRSTÖRDA MÄNNISKANS RIKE is a gnarled and crusty half hour of Scandinavian punishment.
With each of the tunes clocking in around a minute or so, there’s little time for pleasantries or pontification. Bashing away at your earholes in controlled salvos, tracks like “Svarta tankar”, “Bara hat”, and “Är din botten nådd ” charge with d-beat headbanging velocity as “Det var inte ditt fel” and the title track (translated as “the ruined kingdom of man”) stalk with the rabid hunger of a wounded beast. If you couldn’t tell from the song titles, Pettersson’s lyrics are entirely in his native Swedish, but some quick Google translate searches inform that the subject matter is exactly what you’d expect it to be – war, self- destruction, remorse, retribution, all of the good stuff.
Consider Henry Kane to be the deconstructed, socially unstable yang to Wombbath’s yin. DEN FÖRSTÖRDA MÄNNISKANS RIKE is a total indulgence record. You’re not going to get any revelations about the meaning of life from it, but appreciate it for what it is and you’ll have a pretty good time.