When I heard all the hype about the new King Parrot album ‘Dead Set’, I blindly assumed that it’s another one riding the hype train because of Phil Anselmo’s association with the band. I’m writing this to tell the world, how stupid I was to pass a judgement like that and how ‘Dead Set’ is a ripper of an album. These aussies are nuts and listening to their music is like getting multiple adrenaline surges by the second. Thrash metal style riffs coupled with grindcore level speed and aggression makes for a very addictive concoction. This album is like crack! One can’t get enough of that face ripping energy.
King Parrot have no time for build ups. Right from the get go, they crank everything upto a 11. Vocalist Youngy’s high pitched shrieks and rapid delivery is weirdly suited to the frantic music. He occasionally uses the low growls, but most of the time he sounds like Chuck Schuldiner doing the ‘Painkiller’ chorus with the tempo raised. Listening to his vocals, you automatically start pumping your fists in the air while shouting along the best you can.
The guitar work is a mix of thrash metal riffs, short and violent bursts of grind and a very groovy rhythm. There are even nice little touches that make the album interesting, like the wailing guitar section in ‘Hell Comes Your Way’. The riffs are violent and memorable at the same time. There is a hardcore side to the band too and they make good use of gang chants in their tracks.
This is a band that clearly has a sense of humour in their music. The vocal themselves sound silly at times and some of the lyrical contents and song titles showcase this side of the band. Oh, and the way the album ends sounds ridiculously weird and funny. ‘Dead Set’ is a very well produced but very loud record. The sound on this record is capable of shattering ear drums. The thumping bass sound and the wails of vocals and guitar sound chaotic.
This is a very fun record and it is a very well written one too. It’s hard to stop listening to this as the energy and mayhem tempts you to keep spinning this one. King Parrot have a killer sophomore on their hands and if you like extreme music of any form, this is for you.