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Henrik Palm – Nerd Icon


Genre: Progressive/ Rock/Gothic
Country: Sweden
Label: Svart Records
Year: 2024

The name of Henrik Palm should ring a bell to many that had ever listen to any of the above: In Solitude, Ghost, Pig Eyes, Gösta Berlings Saga, Södra Sverige, Chainwreck or just remember him from being part of Gehenna’s ‘Too Loud to Live, Too Drunk to Die’ from 2016 where he played guitars (then you are a hell rat with cool as fuck discography mate) or even just happen to jump in to one of his 2 previous personal full lengths (‘Many Days’ that dropped in 2017 that actually so many genres and sub-genres that actually fucked up all genres with its wide range influences and my favorite 2020’s ‘Poverty Metal’ astonishing bleak metal blended with alternative rock, vintage theatrical Alice Cooper, gothic in the veins of Bauhaus and Doom parts). But then I think again and you may have forgotten too easily an artist so talented, soulful and lyrical that it would be almost a crime to let you do so.

‘Nerd Icon’, released back in April via Svart Records (20.04) showcases a very touchy and very personal effort. Palm here is once again collaborating with Simon Söderberg, Daniel Moilanen and Johan Gustafsson he has invited friends and idols from bands such as Poison Idea, Viagra Boys, Nord & Syd, The Bear Quartet, Switchblade, Paper and Horndal to make his third outing something extra special. And damn it is. He flirts with pop melodies, doesn’t fear to blend progressive elements, mixing chugging guitars with industrial themes, creating soundscapes full of darkness and gloom, moving easily through art rock and proto punk to psychedelic and space rock, without losing straightforward feeling in order to serve complexity. An excellent suggestion for fans of The Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, proto era of Alice Coooper, 80’s Ozzy Osbourne (check the songSubway Morgue’), Christian Death, Iggy and the Stooges, Queensrÿche, Pink Floyd, Eagles of Death Metal and Kyuss.


Giorgos Tsekas
Giorgos Tsekas
"Κάποτε Όταν Θα ‘χουμε Καιρό... Θα Σκεφτούμε Πάνω Στις Ιδέες Όλων Των Μεγάλων Στοχαστών, Θα Θαυμάσουμε Τους Πίνακες Όλων Των Μεγάλων Ζωγράφων, Θα Γελάσουμε Με Όλους Τους Χωρατατζήδες, Θα Φλερτάρουμε Όλες Τις Γυναίκες, Θα Διδάξουμε Όλους Τους Ανθρώπους" Μπ. Μπρεχτ

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