Tech Death Thursday: Henker

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Prepare to be pulverized.

Let’s have a little chat about Henker. Henker is a ridiculously insane band from Flemalle, Belgium. I’m gonna try putting a description first this time just to change things up  a bit. You all can let me know which way you prefer in the comments. So, the short description of this band would be Origin with even crazier drums. I’ll let that sink in. Yes I did say crazier drums. Henker have some of the most inhumanly fast drumming I have heard. I’m sure some of it is via the use of quad pedals, but that doesn’t make it sound any less impressive. Aside from the drumming, the guitar and the bass are absolutely blistering. What I notice about the guitars in this band is that they tend to play different styled riffs than most other bands. It’s hard to describe what I mean, but sometimes when you hear a riff you think wow that is pretty awesome, but at the same time it feels like you have heard it before. I don’t get that feeling at all when listening to these guys. All of their riffs and solos sound completely unique aside from the fact that  the actual tone is extremely reminiscent of Origin.

Sometimes I’m not sure if I’m listening to Henker or Origin until I look at my screen, but hey, a comparison to the mighty Origin is never a bad thing. The vocals are nothing to scoff at either and can be heard clearly along with the rest of the band, due to the great production. Henker also adds a slight eastern tinge into their music which does a great job of accenting it. However, don’t think for a second that these guys just wank; they bring the riffs, and they bring them fast. One of my favorites of those riffs is in the intro to “Mental Corruption“. That particular song also has some unbelievably fast drums in its outro. I mentioned that the band has a slight eastern tinge, and you can hear it mostly in the beginning or the end of the songs. I haven’t heard much of the eastern stuff mixed in to the songs. I think that is something that could sound pretty cool if they managed to pull it off on the next album. Regardless of that, there are some absolutely chaotic songs on Slave Of My Art. I would say the craziest of them all is album closer “End Of The Road“, which melts your everything off in the span of about two minutes, after which it lets you down lightly with some eastern atmospheric sounds. That, ladies and gentlemen is how you close out an album.  Seriously though, these guys really need to do a tour with Origin. That would just be mind blowing. Henker’s debut album Slave Of My Art came out in 2010. Hopefully this means we are due for a new album from them soon, because I really want to hear what this band comes up with next.

I could keep going on about how this band reminds me a lot of Origin, how intense their songs are, and how their drumming absolutely blows my mind, but I feel like this is one of those cases where it’s really just better to let Henker’s ridiculous music do the talking for me. Here’s a bandcamp stream of Slave Of My Art:

I have to apologize here as I was a super slacker this week and totally didn’t realize that tomorrow was Thursday. Due to this excessive lifeloving, I didn’t notify my friend who had planned a guest submission in time. Luckily though, I received an email from a lurker here a few days ago, and I’m gonna use one of the bands he told me about to fill the spot left open by my laziness. Anyway, this guy sent me a decent list of bands he suggested I feature. While I was aware of a number of them, some of them I had no idea about and I’m currently going through them. So, shout out to Thexenosapien for alerting me to more bands first of all, and second of all for turning me on to Dysmorphic. No, not the Exhumed song (which is awesome btw). Dysmorphic are a band  out of Paris who released their  most recent album, A Notion of Causality, via Unique Leader Records (sounds familiar) last year. Dysmorphic is what would  happen if Origin and Gorod had a baby who then hooked up with Inferi later down the line. While I haven’t heard enough of their album to give a super accurate description just yet, what I have heard has catapulted them to the top of my “must listen to more of this band” list. And again, thank you to Thexenosapien, I’m slowly going through that list you sent dude. Check em out:

Until next time,

Stay Tech

-Bauer

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  • Scrimm

    Bought that Dysmorphic when it came out, wasn’t my thing. The more brutal and technical stuff from this year however is starting to take over my playlists. My favorites at the end of the year may very well be different than I expected.

    • I can totally see that, things I totally expected to be my favorite aren’t. Either because the toilet introduced me to new bands or I discovered them on my own. Or they just weren’t as good as one of the 5 trillion other albums.

      • Scrimm

        The toilet was an asset for discovery too. I’m not complaining that a lot of these bands are releasing killer stuff I didn’t expect. Thought I was a little tired of the tech stuff but a lot of these bands are getting much better.

        • Yea it seems like we are entering into a tech death renaissance, which is perfectly fine with me.

        • W.

          I’ve had a dark horse sneak up on me this week. I wasn’t expecting to like the new Giant Squid as much as I do. It isn’t super heavy, but they put a lot of interesting elements in there.

          • Scrimm

            I need to check that out too. That dark horse thing has happened to me a lot in the past few weeks.

          • I’ve become a lot more open minded with music this year and I’m liking things I swore I never would.

          • Scrimm

            Me too. You guys and August Burns Red.

  • Edward

    Dang, you wrote this last night?

    JB’s speed writing skills >>>>

    • hahaha

      • Edward

        I also see you got your author stuff updated.

        “shouting at terrorists” lol

        • lol that first sentence was always there actually 😛

          • Edward

            I thought it was shooting? Perhaps I always just read it as shooting.

          • Nope lol, was always chasing and shouting.

  • Death

    Henker’s bass drum sound gives me a stroke.

  • Guacamole Jim

    Those bass drums (sorry JB) sound comical. They’re so triggered and tight that they don’t sound like bass drums any more to me.. it’s almost like someone forgot to take out the metronome track in the final mix.

    • This is one time I didn’t expect everyone to like them, but I dig em.

      • Beunhaas

        I dig em

      • TrickleDownTacoRiff

        I’m also ov the minority here and I dig this crazy drums…its like the faster and the more triggers and quad pedals employed the more I want to hear!!!!! The concept is analogous to my FUSION razor by the time I’m 70 it will have 32 blades that vibrate and I will need every fucking one of them!!!

    • Tyree

      It’s almost as bad as the kick drum from Aeon’s Bleeding the False.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fseV_ft2jd8

      • Guacamole Jim

        Or Into Eternity’s Scattering of Ashes album. I do love this song, but THE FUCKING BASS DRUMS ARE SO FUCKING BAD.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nQ4ZR-NI6A

        • Tyree

          Love this band, BUT THIS SERIOUSLY HAS TO BE THE FUCKING WORST KICK DRUM SOUND EVER!!!

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIlF7hxvM7I

          • W.

            Thankfully they got much better production as their career progressed.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Conquerors had a better production and that was before this album.

          • W.

            How do you feel about Southern Storm?

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            They’re not bad and of course not as bad as Ageless.

          • Simon Phoenix

            Honestly, I never liked the guitar tone they used on Southern Storm. The Great Execution was an improvement in every way. I’m sure JAG can espouse how great that album is better than I can though.

            But really, Krisiun are one of the most consistently good bands out there. In terms of songwriting, they don’t have a single bad album. The only reason Ageless sucks is because of the godawful production.

          • Guacamole Jim

            Oh man you might be right……

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Those drums ruined the god damn album.

          • Lacertilian

            People say that about this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Za5gVYg7oXw but I disagree.

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          Oh dog this is bad. But at least you can tell them apart from the rhythmic guitar, unlike on that Aeon album.

        • W.

          The Incurable Tragedy >>>>>>>>>>>>

          • Guacamole Jim

            W. knows.

          • W.

            It is known.

      • NefariousDude

        Aeon makes me feel good inside.

    • Stockhausen

      Yeah, I have to agree.

  • Tyree

    John Wick >>>>>>>>

    • Stockhausen

      I want to see it, but I know the dog scene is going to tear my soul in half.

      • It’s really not graphic or anything.

        • Tyree

          It’s so fucking sad though! It don’t matter if it’s graphic or not.

        • Stockhausen

          Graphic would certainly be worse, but a puppy dying in any way just shreds my heart.

          • Xan

            I Am Legend caused me to revert to quivering baby status.

          • Stockhausen

            Seriously. I love German Shepherds.

      • Tyree

        Indeed. There is a special place in hell for puppy killers.

        • Stockhausen

          Where demon puppies with dull, but blistering hot teeth chew on your neck skin for eternity.

        • … and county music artists…

          GL

      • Edward

        Sad, I didn’t know anything about this movie yet.

        =/

        • Stockhausen

          The main plot is that a guy’s wife dies, but gives him a puppy that gets killed, so he straight up murders the crap out of everyone involved.

          • Tyree

          • Beunhaas

            Awwwwww

          • Stockhausen

            NOOOOOOO!!!

          • TrickleDownTacoRiff

            Damn I love puppies man.

          • They also steal his vintage mustang.

      • Beunhaas

        I find it funny that people don’t mind when large of people are murdered in a film, but when a dog gets killed it’s the worst thing since Hitler.

        • Tyree

          Fuck humans!

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          All men deserve to die a horrible death! But you can’t claim with a serious face that a puppy ever hurt anyone.

        • Stockhausen

          If it helps, I would feel that way about goats too.

        • Xan

          Because I like puppies. Humans just get in my way with their slow walking asses. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEuU64Zt4B0

  • Will you just look at that!

    GL

  • God

    Accessing this from the bathroom at my work. Jesus Christ I’m in the most boring training of my life. How did some of these fucking people get hired when they have the IQ of a rock with Down syndrome? I’m gonna rip someone’s fucking head off.

    …kickass article doe.

    /rant

    • A rock with down syndrome, lmao.

    • turlet comment from the turlet.

      FTW

      GL

    • Pagliacci is Kvlt

      Omniscient being problems.

    • hey, don’t use the Lord’s name in vain!!!

      • God

        Who doesn’t enjoy some self depreciating humor?

    • TrickleDownTacoRiff

      Ahhhhhhh…did you get to do the breakout sessions too?

  • Beunhaas

    This is cool. Good writeup Jack.

    What’s the best Origin album? I’m not familiar with them.

  • So do you guys prefer the music or the description first?

    • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

      Whichever you think is better. I scrolled down immediately to listen as I read, but it’s practically the same as having the song placed first.

      • I mean I’m ok with either, whatever helps it flow.

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          This way the text does flow a little better perhaps, but as I said I scrolled down to the song immediately, so maybe I’d go with the song in the beginning.

    • Max

      Description first, always. I’m really insistent about that if you want feedback on it. I actually think you’ve got a pretty decent knack of conveying your enthusiasm for this stuff, enough that it makes me personally more inclined to click on the links in your articles – but I like to be given a compelling reason first.

      The fact that I have discovered several bands new to me in the time the Toilet’s been live – mostly through Tech Death Thursday – should be testimony to my preference. Don’t forget that I’m an oldie and we don’t usually have the motivation to check out new music; so anything that can pique my interest helps.

  • Mr.CustodialArts

    When I pulled a BOLT THROWER cd off of my shelf the other day (Realm of Chaos), I screamed “BYAH!!!” as I held it aloft…my wife thought I hurt myself.

  • thexenosapien

    That dysmorphic album isn’t for everyone but there are some songs on there that are totally tits:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=robBjuGkAPQ

  • Xan

    I really like this. I shall have to purchase their audio waves.

  • dem0n0cracy

    whoa holy shit, Henker is badass.