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RELEASED ON 6/6/2006


Drug Honkey

Hail Satan

posted on 11/2006   By: Jim Brandon

While this comparison may be a bit juvenile, sometimes I just can’t help but parallel metal to sex, and there are some days when you want your lovin’ to bring just a little bit of pain. Drug Honkey's Hail Satan! is the crude musical ass slappin’, hair pulling, popper snorting, welt-leaving, scandalous hookup you’ve been hunting for. Possibly not, but also like rugged intimate interaction, even if it isn’t quite your thing, you should try it at least once for the experience.

Hail Satan! pretty much skewers you dry from the start, leaving you prone and suspended, forced to endure various lengthy degrees of sometimes daunting sensory overload. Maintaining an eerily relaxing atmosphere throughout even some of the most voracious sections, the bass guitar is the grounded, calming facet of Drug Honkey’s repertoire that keeps this album barely balanced. Likewise, the drumming is rock-solid in execution, rich with nuance and subtle flavor, and rarely hyperactive even though the ending to “Weird Bookshelf” is one hell of a rager. This earthy rhythm section plays counterpoint to a disturbing vocal/guitar team, and greatly assists in harnessing the dementia in a tolerable way. It usually works, but still doesn’t completely escape monotony.

Much like Abandon, Drug Honkey takes a normally epic sound and turns it upside-down, burying simplistic yet mammoth structures under layers and layers of massive distortion, ridiculously heavy riffs, while adding vaporous keys when needed to create a truly drugged effect. Vocally, Honkey Head uses every extreme vocal delivery he is physically capable of, obviously aided by some rather fucked-up embellishments. From pained screams, to over-the-top echoing roars, all the way down to belching, primitive growls, his style is meant to hurt, and hurt it does.

When it all comes together, inventive bass, granite-like drums, possessed vocals and heavily intoxicated guitar riffs, it makes for one hell of a taxing listen. Staying at a crushing mid-pace, and awash in uncomfortable psychedelics, “Heroin”, “What You Haven’t Done”, “Purnur” and “The Others” feels like falling down a rocky hill inside a rubber ball. The riffs are jagged, crusty and unclean, the bass remains smooth and serpentine, the percussion pounds away with simple, undaunted beats as the vocals sound like someone in the process of being put in a straightjacket and hauled off to rehab down a very long corridor. Nice, huh?

The songwriting is nearly impossible to judge, as no tracks really stand out among the rest, and “Belial” closes the album rather plainly, leaving a very tiring yet empty after effect. I guess that is the end result of all heartless, intense encounters; feeling worn out, thoroughly used, and while momentarily content, still sleeping alone when it’s over. For all that seriously heavy play, all those limits pushed, the lack of lasting substance left me feeling a bit hollow. Hail Satan! provides some carnal short-term satisfaction, but personally I can only handle so much of this before asking to take a break. You might have a higher pain threshold than I do for this kind of metal, but I’d still recommend watching your step with Drug Honkey.



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