A cold and brutal Melbourne winter in 2010 saw the uprising of King Parrot. One of the most lethal and extreme acts to come out of Australia in years, King Parrot consist of the more uncompromising members of some of Australia’s best underground rock and metal bands like Blood Duster, Cemetery Urn, Dreadnaught and Mustang.
Two years later, several national tours, an EP and many hours confined to a tour bus resulted in their debut long player, aptly titled Bite Your Head Off – and the album does exactly that.
Produced by Jason Fuller (Blood Duster, Dern Rutlidge) and Adam Calaitzis (Damaged, Abramelin), King Parrot managed to capture the raw intensity of their live shows on tape. They defy genres with their cross section assault on thrash, grind, punk and hardcore and stop at nothing to deliver the most brutally entertaining live act. Band members seamlessly mesh with the crowd and excessive audience participation is encouraged at the always frantic, chaotic and memorable King Parrot live show experience.
Bite Your Head Off has been released locally in Australia on CD and Vinyl through Impedance Records, and digitally through Third Verse. In conjunction with the album, the band released what’s being heralded as one of the best Australian music videos of all time for the song ”Shit on the Liver”. Regular rotation on Australia’s best rock and metal stations like JJJ and MMM coupled has grown the bands popularity since its inception on the live touring scene in 2011.
BFT originate from the most isolated city on the face of the planet – Perth, Australia. They have been pounding their way through the Music scene since 2009 often being quoted as “Thor’s love children.”
It isn’t enough to hear Blunt Force Trauma to become a believer – one must see them as well.
Their new E.P. ‘Beyond’ is on the verge of release with great anticipation from fans and industry :
“If you haven’t heard of these guys yet, you probably will soon: they’re focused, driven, and working really hard at pushing their punishing brand of music to new heights.” Leticia – Metal As Fuck
Since the band’s inception in 2009 they have played with many renowned live acts such as; Macabre (USA), Forbidden (USA) and The Amenta (Melb)
With an Asian tour with ORIGIN (USA) and North American tour booked for the second half of 2013, be sure to keep a constant look over your shoulder for more Trauma.
Thrashing harder than a croc death-rolling a buffalo, FEMA are the fastest band in Darwin. Featuring crazy riffs and mind melting shredding, FEMA prove thrash isn’t dead, it is as alive as it ever was.
Fusing melodic and technical thrash they carry on the legacy of the 80′s thrash movement and shove it down the throats of the metalcore kids. Following no trends and forging a path of their own they are a must see up and coming band.
Having just begun recording their first album, ‘Drought’, FEMA has its eyes on Alice Springs and giving the fans at Blacken a severe case of whiplash, the likes of which they never experienced.
Since forming in early 2010, ALKIRA have made a name for themselves as a young group of talented musicians with a brutal live show. Hailing from the small country town of Strathalbyn in the Adelaide Hills, this four-piece metal band have taken inspiration from all eras and incarnations of heavy metal and punk, with particular roots in old-school thrash, to developed a unique sound which can be appreciated by all music fans.
After gigging consistently throughout 2010/11 and finally settling on a stable line-up, ALKIRA released their debut EP “Down From the Hills” in March of 2012. In support of this they embarked on a mini-tour to Melbourne, which included an infamous show with Frankenbok at the Cherry Bar. Later that year they landed the support slots for American heavy metal legends Fear Factory and US thrashers Warbringer, receiving great receptions from crowds who had not previously witnessed this young thrash metal attack.
South East Desert Metal are the most remote heavy metal band in Australia.
Influenced by classics such as Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Black Label Society they have created their own fusion sound with dual guitar attack, blistering solos and thumping dream beats.
Chief songwriter Chris Wallace write’s about dreaming, passing on stories from the old to the young generation. His songs have strong messages and catchy hooks.
They have just released their debut EP “Let’s Rock!”, recorded at The Black Wreath studio with producer Sorbz (NoKTuRNL). The four tracks on the CD show many sides of the multi-faceted band.
The band are performing regularly around Central Australia, with upcoming performances at Wide Open Space and Blacken The Globe festival.
Chris Wallace says “Come and enjoy the show!”
Death Thrash band from Alice Springs, Exdemission have made a sudden impact in the Alice Springs scene. The band have played nearly a dozen shows in six months and released two EP’s. They are the house band at local MMA Cage Fight nights; When they play, people get hit.
Their track “Ignorant Lives We Live” has been on regular spin on radio while “Visions Of Violence” was featured on Progressive Fight Centre’s first DVD.
The high energy show features dual guitar solos, brutal vocals and catchy grooves. They are known for rocking the fuck out.
The Horror are part of The Black Wreath collective, a heavy metal syndicate from Alice Springs, where the metal scene has spread like syphilis in the last few years. The band are known for their lightning paced riffs, inhuman vocals and energetic live shows. The band have played alongside bands like Psycroptic and Frenzal Rhomb, however they are no way near the caliber of these bands. They have just finished recording their debut album with Josh Barohn (Suffocation, Autopsy) set for release in May.
From the dead centre of Australia, emerges the post-apocalyptic serpent known as Uncreation.
Primal and unrelenting, the dark grooves and tribal rhythms are layered with subversive lyrics and distorted imagery intended to unlock the carnal nature of the listener.
After lineup changes, touring and legal troubles, Uncreation are becoming one with the force of their potential. The spearhead of The Black Wreath collective, witness the dark spiral manifest above the stage at Blacken The Globe.
Alice Springs death metal band Miazma are a force to be reckoned with. With aggressive riffs and uncompromising vocals Miazma have quickly gained a cult status due to their large and faithful local audience and fiercely energetic live performances. The desolate surroundings of Alice Springs have provided Miazma with a wasteland sense of self, giving the band a primal, confrontational complexity in both live and studio settings.
Beginning as a four-piece in early 2008 the band has gone from strength to strength supporting national and international heavy-hitters; Tasmania’s death metal exports Psycroptic in 2011 and Singapore’s black metal hoard Impiety in 2012. Miazma have evolved into a five-strong group, with changes to the line-up over the years enabling them to focus on developing their sound stylistically and refining their musical compositions into the crushing sound they are known for today.
A black leather demon grumbled…and staunched with the slightest of scowls through the thickest of nights…denim eyes…acid sweat…pubes like steel wool. Near-empty keg hanging from one of his tree-trunk arms. Shining ink of Angus on one. Jimi on the other.
Eyes peek from cracks and corners. A trail of high voltage flames creeps up behind this tortured beast. Thoughts of the past, when giants walked this earth and songs were all we knew, plague his scarred mind.
This stagnant material wasteland. He’d trudged through it for too many lifetimes. It tore at the soul. As if it were the last scrap of food between thousands of corporate, chemically enhanced mutant dogs.
But this was a new town. A fresh place to dance in the dirt.
As chains dragged to a halt and this wild thing roared to the sky, the cold desert swelled with hedonistic hellfire and rock and roll fury…
This beast was Unbroken Expanse. This place was Jeg Rock.
“We twist like contortionists. We rise like the high tide. Put some fire in our bellies. We’re the engines in this ride.”
As the last streaks of ochre wither from the blue, the dark comes flapping in swarms. Little black creatures gather in the millions, navigating their way across the desert sky.
Out of the starless-black cover shines a versicoloured bat. Like an unhinged disco ball it comes crashing from the sky.
Hazzard… Bat Hazzard.
The two together at last.
The Bat flails his drum. Hazzard electrifies her strings. The dusk air is a cacophony of muddled shrieks, screeches and buzzing hums. A cloud of bats swarm from the speakers, relaying the sound of colour bringing back light to a world full of darkness.
Emerging from the bat caves of the central desert, Bat Hazzard span back several lifetimes to a dusty childhood spent carving their initials into the conglomerate rock caverns in which they subside. This is a place where the country speaks in echoes and where the sound of stones falling creates the beat that rouses and muses these musos to birth a sound that is part Bat, part Hazzard and equal part Fuck Yeah!
NoKTuRNL are the premiere ground breaking progressive rock band of the new era.
With extensive touring experience in Germany, Norway and Brazil, Alice’s own brings it home and offers a rock show to rival any internationals.
Recently re-formed and packing fresh material composed on the road as well as classics like their full frontal attack on racism ‘Point Ya Finger’ NoKTuRNL are ready to show the rest how the big boys play!
Saturday 30th March. Doors open 1pm.
RSL Club, Schwarz Cres, Alice Springs, NT, Australia
All ages – under 18′s must be accompanied by an adult.
$25 Available from Murray Neck Music World and Stay True Tattoo or click here.