King Parrot! The answer to the question, what if GWAR listened to nothing but Napalm Death for a year and then wrote a record… Okay, that might not be 100% accurate but goddamn if it wasn’t the first thing that popped into my head when I put on their scorching new record Ugly Produce.
I generally like starting my reviews by describing my past experience (if any) with said band, so that seems a good place to start. I walked into the room, watched 14 seconds of one song and left to get more beer. If that sounds unfair, that’s because it was. There was something about that first chance meeting which didn’t quite capture me which is surprising because listening to them now, they hit on so many elements I love that I’m surprised I didn’t immediately suck all the King Parrot cool-aid from their collective dicks.
The album has a distinctively punk feel despite having such prominent ‘metal’ influences in it, really almost everything on the extreme end of the genre rears its ugly face in one way or another. Thrash and death metal riffing are most prominent but even inverted black metal chords give certain sections a more ominous tone. There’s no question the tongue in cheek lyrics, vocal patterns and general aesthetic push a punk/hardcore vibe, fitting flawlessly in the frantic musical chaos you’re thrown into from song to song.
As a whole, the record clocks in at just shy of 27 min and frankly I love that only two songs clock in over the three-minute mark. Each song hits hard, gets the job done, and then you move on to the next. Maybe it’s my ADD but I like it when a band is efficient and doesn’t needlessly stretch songs out to make a time quota.
It makes sense that famed Pantera/Superjoint/Down frontman Phil Anselmo picked this album up to release on his Housecore Records label, as the band seems to be a melting pot of various Anselmo-esque projects in one brilliantly extreme act. King Parrot may be the most punk as fuck metal band to walk our soiled earth and Ugly Produce is the dirty yet nutritious album we didn’t know we needed.
Written by Paul Ablaze
*edited by Lia Davis