King Parrot – ‘Bite Your Head Off’
On first listen, Aussies King Parrot are like an annoying younger sibling running around, causing havoc and making an unnecessary amount of noise. But eventually you see the charm, embrace the madness and give them a big loving hug. The thrashing grind of ‘Bite Your Head Off’ only lasts around twenty minutes but it leaves a more than lasting impression. Opener ‘Bozo’ is an ideal example of the intense grind coated in death thrash riffs and your first experience of the bizarre vocals of Youngy, who we assume caused the name King Parrot with his nasty, punk-tinged squawks.
There isn’t likely to be many albums that combine these scummy styles in a serious manner and King Parrot pursue this with tongue-in-cheek titles such as ‘Silly Ol’ Mate’ and ‘Shit on the Liver’. Don’t let this cause an avoidance though, as every single track is a short, sharp blast of intensity and great musicianship. The power of ‘Bite Your Head Off’ is stronger than the largest wingspan frantically flapping and one can only assume their live shows would be absolutely mental. Invite please.
4 out of 5 fists
Lecherous Nocturne – ‘Behold Almighty Doctrine’
The technical trail through the death metal plains continues to lengthen with bands desperate to out-widdle one another. Whilst many continue to amaze with obscure time patterns and fingers faster than a serial masturbator, Lecherous Nocturne are probably not a name you think of as leaders in the field. They should be though, as third full length ‘Behold Almighty Doctrine’ balances the brutal urges with technical intelligence without being plain silly. Further to add to the commendable traits is their obvious loyalty to the old school death scene that clearly influenced the band. Smatterings of Morbid Angel are aurally spotted, as well as the odd hint of blackened tremolos akin to Marduk. ‘Those Having Been Hidden Away’ is stellar proof of how underrated Lecherous Nocturne are and records like this are worthy of meeting the likes of Immolation in the highlights of 2013 for death metal.
4 out of 5 fists
Impiety – ‘Vengeance Hell Immemorial’
Sometimes a compilation may seem like a money-grabbing scheme but when the band in question’s tunes are as hard to hunt down as an endangered species, it can come as a blessing. Singapore’s black/death exports Impiety go out of print with ease and ‘Vengeance Hell Immemorial’ is the ideal portrayal of their evil reign over more than two decades. For those unfamiliar with Impeity, this record starts from the bestial beginning with exhibits from their ‘Salve the Goat’ EP and ‘Ceremonial Necrochrist Redesecration’ demo containing Blasphemy worship aplenty.
As the album progresses, so does the death metal flavours through ‘Funeralight’, into ‘ Kaos Kommand’ and into their split with Abhorrence, the most deadly yet. Despite their often elitist following and ridiculously raw speed, the interludes amongst the darkness shows the opposite, with renditions of “Eye of the Tiger” and people flushing the toilet. If an infographic were to be made of this album, it would be Darwin’s image of evolution smothered in corpsepaint, wedged firmly in any black metal fan’s shelf.
4 out of 5 fists.
Necronomicon – ‘The Rise of the Elder Ones’
After crossing the hurdles of second and third album releases, Canada’s Necronomicon have returned with an album likely to crush any of their predecessors. ‘The Rise of Elders’ is arguably one of their strongest moments, with a blackened death blast-fest that will undoubtedly result in tinnitus. Although there is an array of monstrous drumming that could give the likes of Behemoth’s Inferno a run for his money, and guitar parts delicately laced with technicality, the album as a whole is nothing particularly thought provoking. Unlike similar sounding artists like the aforementioned Behemoth or the beautifully brutal Nile, the Canadians lack a distinctive atmosphere despite divulging in majestic yet slightly cringey keyboard parts. Although competent, ‘The Rise of the Elder Ones’ slowly falls into a repetitive loop by the latter half of the album and it wouldn’t be surprising if this album was lost in the murky depths of extreme metal.
2 out of 5 fists.
All reviews by Lily Randall