Henrik Palm’s Poverty Metal: what A Nameless Ghoul does after Ghost

Former Ghost guitarist Henrik Palm goes on a weird, wild ride on debut solo album Poverty Metal

Henrik Palm - Poverty Metal
(Image: © Svart)

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Despite its austere artwork and general air of DIY grit, Poverty Metal is an astonishingly colourful and esoteric affair. Henrik Palm has a diverse CV including stints in In Solitude and (allegedly) Ghost, but his solo work sounds quite unlike anything else he has done. There’s a magpie-like accumulation of ideas going on here, but somehow it all hangs together. Opener Bully is a scratchy collage of wonky noise and spiky guitars, vaguely redolent of late 70s experimentalists This Heat, but with bittersweet melodies threaded through the chaos. Elsewhere, Sugar is a rumbling, rambling art rock hymn, Given Demon is a shapeshifting, prog-psych concerto, and the sparse and pretty Nihil perfectly sets up the krautrock pulse and hard rock swagger of Nihilist. There is even room for a fuzzed-up, insanely heavy cover of Twisted Sister’s Destroyer. It’s all quite mad, of course, but brilliant with it.

Dom Lawson has been writing for Hammer and Prog for 14 intermittently enjoyable years and is extremely fond of heavy metal, progressive rock, coffee and snooker. He listens to more music than you. And then writes about it.