Hank Von Hell Album
Hank Von Hell Review
To truly put into perspective the gravity of Hank’s debut solo album, we need to understand why this is such an important record in the first place. Turbonegro fans waited patiently for a new singer and a new record after Hank’s departure. In 2012 the wait was over, Turbonegro released, ‘Sexual Harassment’, and to the disappointment of many Turbo fans, this wasn’t the record we expected or wanted. It wasn’t necessarily a bad record, it just lacked something. It lacked filth, it lacked debauchery, it lacked danger, and most of all, it lacked the politically challenging and twisted lyrics that only Hank was capable of delivering. The same can be said for the follow up 2018 record, ‘RockNRoll Machine’.
It’s hard to know where to even begin with Hank Von Hell’s debut album ‘Egomania’. The album opens with the title track, ‘Egomania’, and literally, within the first minute you just feel euphoric, you feel fulfilled, you feel like you’ve finally been given the injection of Hank Von Hell that you’d been missing ever since he left Turbonegro. It's like a dark summer anthem that could have easily been written by 'The Cult', but better. ‘Pretty Decent Exposure’ is the second track. It’s powerful, it’s exciting, it’s dark in places and an all-out punk rock and roll powerhouse. If these first two tracks don’t make you want to drink an entire crate of beer and go on a rampage terrorizing your city, then you’re probably dead inside and you should start listening to Hall & Oates.
Hank Von Hell - “Blood’ is not just a song, it’s an anthem.
I actually think this is the greatest song ever written. As we were writing this track, I felt that the lyrics needed to represent something great and meaningful for me. You know, something that was reflecting my life, and really ”hit home” so to speak. Then it came to me, something really personal and also a secret that I had been carrying for so many years that needed to come out. I am actually a shark."
This is exactly why ‘Egomania’ is such an important record, not because it’s just Hank’s debut, but because it’s a rebirth and a continuation of an underground glam punk rock and roll movement that just died in 2010 when he disappeared. ‘Egomania’ is, however, a record in its very own right, one that should not be treated as a follow on from Turbonegro, but a record that should be viewed as a new era of glam punk rock. It shows Hank Von Hell as an individual in his own element, a progressively developed artist and a true showman.
Egomania is an incredible debut album from Hank Von Hell and it delivers just exactly what we all need, a good fucking time. In a world drowning in political correctness, terrible face tattoos, and social media, we all need a bit of Hank inside of us. Welcome back.
All Hail Hank Von Hell, the bitch is back...
I started my career as a music journalist in 2013 and have been involved in the music industry as a touring musician, studio engineer and artist consultant since 2002, as well as previously being a signed artist. My passion for delivering high quality, informative music-related news is a daily driving force behind the content I create. Also a huge gaming nerd! Born in the United Kingdom and currently living in Sweden. Skål!CONTACT ME HERE
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