So much of the power in metal, I have found, comes from live performances. The energy demands to be played loud, the passion requires movement — but the downfall in live situations can be the loss of the lyrics. While Henry Metal develops a necessity of thrashing to his music (listen above to the first single from the album, “Thrash Your Head”, in which the lyrics insist, insist, you thrash along), this is certainly not a record that you want to miss out on the lyrics for.
Metal O’Clock moves between the old world and the new. With two songs in the centre of the album finding subject matter from Viking gods — “Odin” is a comical caricature-building story, while “For the Love of Freyja” opens like a prophecy to weave a tale of vikings in battle — and songs like “I Don’t Care” and “Thank God For the Government” find a home in contemporary life.
No one can say that Henry Metal is a man without opinions, and Metal O’Clock features a bunch, masked by a clever sense of sarcasm built out of extreme details and careful escalation. “Thank God For the Government” features the lyrics, “Thank God for the government to bring us bombs and war / Thank God for the government to keep us stupid and poor”, while “Plastic Surgery” takes on cosmetic surgery, building on the extremity of the requests. In a move that could be controversial but is nevertheless clever, “Addicted to Junk” feeds on interpretation to equate consumerism with heroin addiction. But who doesn’t have a bunch of junk sitting around that they don’t need.
With plenty of guitar skills and a knack for language on his side, Henry Metal has managed to use music as a form of true expression — and that expression is a strong cocktail of punk-style anger and comedic sensibility.
Metal O’Clock is Henry Metal’s fourth album of 2017, and his fifth will be out on December 1st, 2017. To hear more from Henry Metal, you can check out his Bandcamp, SoundCloud and Facebook. You can also follow him on Twitter.