There is something captivatingly wrong about Henry Blacker, they seem to have plumbed the depths to dredge up this set of barnacle-encrusted horror-rock. It’s the combination of heads-down instrumental grind and horrified howling that sets this apart, not that this hasn’t been done before, just perhaps not very often completed with such savage vigour; the singer screams like he’s hallucinating broken-legged arachno-unicorns vomiting hairy diamonds into his eyes.
Featuring two members of one of the finest rock bands in existence, Hey Colossus, this debut album by Henry Blacker promised much but delivers in great greased granite slabs. Songs like ‘A Bone and a Thistle’, ‘Scumblood’, and ‘Pullin’ Like a Dray’ combine the unhinged bloodshot glare and loping lupine stalk of Jesus Lizard with the heat-blurred sand-blasted riffing of Goatsnake. The slower moments are no less engaging, with basslines like an eel ruffling through the bones of shipwrecked sailors.
‘Hungry Dogs Will Eat Dirty Puddings’ is a brilliant collection of intense head-crackers; mud-metal of great distinction. It is enormously and unreservedly recommended.