Wednesday, May 20, 2015

High energy was on tap Saturday at the Corner Hotel in Richmond during King Parrots Album launch for their new Phil Anselmo produced album Dead Set. King Parrot were well supported by an all Australian line-up which didn’t disappoint, selling out the Corner hotel ahead of doors opening.

3 piece sludge and groove rockers Batpiss started the night off heavy, with their increasingly well known sludge rock sound, showing why they’re a favourite in and around the Melbourne metal scene. Well rehearsed songs and a killer wall of sound from the 3 piece, Batpiss have a new album to be released in June. Worth a listen if you enjoy loud drums, mesmerising and droning riffs and have a sense of humour.

Colossvs took to the stage with a metaphorical flaming axe. Brutal with the slightest hint of raw groove/melody through guitar lines woven between Lachlan Watts’ (Triple J’s - the racket) guttural vocals and Ash Denman’s pummelling drums, Colossvs’ death/thrash inspired set-list gets better with every show they put on. A well rehearsed and solid stage show opening with Unholy, from their Oct 2014 release of the same namethey’re continuing the national album release tour with King Parrot across Australia. A little piece of Church-Burning Norway in our own backyard.

A refreshing change from the standard metal band fare of “black shirts, angry dudes thrashing instruments and a grim singer” High Tension bring a touch of their own flair on the metal genre. Heavy and harmonic vocals from Karina Utomo, wash over a frantic yet symbiotic and melodic guitar and rhythm line that tie together amazingly well. Not afraid to work the crowd (and the crowd not afraid to get involved) High Tension are increasingly becoming a mainstay of the local scene. Mixing it up between slower haunting parts and racing riffs, High Tension have an album due to drop in July and if their live show is anything to go by, it’s worth adding to the “must buy” list. Even if only to see how well their impressive live show translates to a recording.

If you haven’t heard of King Parrot by now, you might want to see if they have an upcoming tour gig coming soon near the rock you live under. Probably the most entertaining band to come out of Melbourne in recent years.  Consisting of not just hilariously choreographed facial expressions and stage energy from Slatts on Bass and Youngy on vox, every member of King Parrot brings their own energy and presence to the stage. More thrash than an enclosure of crocodiles at Australia zoo, and more breakdowns than a Holden Camira, King Parrot toe the line between ludicrous idiocy and brilliance. Songs from the new album blended well with the previously released catalogue, but with more added aggression and polish. 

The 55min set-list featured recent singles such as Dead End, and a huge rendition of Shit on the Liver with a cameo from Karina Utomo (see: High Tension), as well as new tracks off the latest album, namesake Dead Setand Sick in the HeadChock full of power, energy and enthused aggression King Parrot’s live show embodies everything a metal band should be without any of the posing or pretending. Get to one of their live shows and try to look away… a feat only surpassed by trying to get through their gig without earplugs.

Written by Dave Undy

Featuring: High Tension
Photographer: Tim Doig