Australian grindcore miscreants King Parrot offer another generous helping of rowdy, thrashing tunes on their third full-length offering, Ugly Produce.
Though the Melbourne-based act have been cranking out rambunctious, irreverent jams since about 2010, it wasn’t until the 2014 reissue of their debut full-length, Bite Your Head Off, that King Parrot began to turn heads. Its razor-sharp riffs, hyperactive rhythms and ridiculous sense of humor was a breath of fresh of air in a genre that sometimes takes itself a bit too seriously (that goes for extreme metal as a whole as well). In addition to their abrasive yet comedic tunes, appearances at SXSW and other festivals and the adoration and support of Philip Anselmo also aided in putting the Aussies in the grind spotlight.
Fast forward to 2017 and King Parrot continue to be interesting players in the genre with the release of Ugly Produce. While Bite Your Head Off was fueled by hardcore rampage, and 2015’s Dead Set was a brooding thrash fest, Ugly Produce operates on a middle ground between these two extremes; producing some of the more frenetic and complex material from the band to date. Now, listeners shouldn’t go into Ugly Produce expecting the unexpected as it is still business as usual for King Parrot, albeit with subtle changes in delivery. But while it is no genre-defining opus, it successfully serves the purpose it was created for; to crush.
A jolting stop-and-start riff collides into a barreling barrage of ugly hardcore carnage on the opening track “Entrapment”. Here the track transitions into crushing, palm-muted chugs, and further into blood-boiling, disemboweling riffs that are spearheaded by Matthew Young’s vile, yet cartoonish squawk and Todd Hansen’s bulldozing percussion. This steamrolling grindcore number is only one fraction of Ugly Produce‘s opening one-two punch, which is rounded off by “Piss Wreck”. This short but unsweet track weaves back-and-forth between frantic pseudo thrash and death metal inspired tremolo-picking across this bludgeoning cut, which is made more memorable by its obnoxious, yet anthemic refrain.
“Ten Pounds of Shit in a Five Pound Bag” is King Parrot doing their imitation of a standard grindcore track, but with their signature cheeky charm intact. The thrashing and bashing chord progressions gallop atop furious d-beat across this nearly three-minute stunner. This display of feral crossover thrash often bleeds into short bursts of pummeling palm-muted assaults and blast beats, which are sure to get the denim-vest wearers a reason to punch the nearest concertgoer.
Tracks like “Scattered” showcase King Parrot at their most volatile; unpredictably shifting from grinding mayhem, off-kilter dissonant beatdowns and moshing grooves on a moment’s notice. Other standouts include the absolutely punishing “Die Before You Die”, which churns out some of the most heavy hitting, visceral riffs on the entire record and provides quite possibly the most brutal breakdown to be found on the album. This is pretty bold statement considering this 30-minute riff fest is full of brutal moments.
All in all, Ugly Produce is another solid addition to King Parrot‘s discography and a record that is specifically tailored to those in need of a good flogging.
Release Date: September 22, 2017
Label: Housecore Records/EVP Recordings/Agonia Records
Favorite Tracks: “Piss Wreck”, “Ten Pounds of Shit in a Five Pound Bag”, “Die Before You Die” and “Spookin’ the Animals”
For Fans Of: Brutal Truth, Blood Duster and Municipal Waste