Bart M. : Hank returns, and it is about time! The former Turbonegro singer is no stranger when it comes to delivering the metal with a tongue in cheek attitude, and just taking a look at the track listing of his new (solo) album 'Egomania' makes it clear that he has not forgotten how to do that: 'Bum To Bum', 'Wild Boy Blues' and 'Too High', just to name a few. It has been a long while since we heard from the man. After quitting Turbonegro in 2010 and releasing one album with supergroup Doctor Midnight & The Mercy Cult in 2011 it remained awkwardly silent. Finally in August of this year a single was released, entitled 'Bum To Bum'. Check the video for that underneath. In the lengthy intro for this video it is Steve O, of Jackass fame, who reveals to us that the time has come for a new chapter.
This chapter does not just have room for light hearted sentences, tomfoolery and a good party atmosphere (even though that is definitely the main gist of it); Hank also takes the time to show us a more sensitive side, in songs as 'Pretty Decent Exposure' and 'Never Again', in which we hear music with a certain level of depth. This is a nice combination with the more party-hardy songs and I am pretty sure that after downing a few mugs of golden ale the line between the two will have evaporated and the party is on!
All in all, on this album we hear a very decent brand of music that sounds like a combination of groovy glamrock and violent power metal chords. It leans strongly towards the very cheerful side and is being supported by Hank's theatrical way of singing, which fits the theme really well. On and off a somewhat fuller, psychedelic guitar sound (think Psychedelic Witchcraft) is added to the mix and even though this sounds a little out of place it does certainly make the entire thing sound better. If you like music that cheers you up and that you can jig and sing along to with a room full of like minded people, this is an album you should definitely check out. Like I said before: Hank is back!