On Tuesday the Battle of the Bays tour rolls onto British soil to demolish five venues before they head back into Europe. For those of you not in the know Australian’s King Parrot will be opening up this four band bill ahead of Prong, Exodus and Obituary. Easily one of the most eagerly anticipated packages seen over here this year.
King Parrot will be a new revelation to me. They’ve been recommended to me by friends and as I’m catching the tour twice on Friday and Saturday I’ll most definitely see them at least once.
Formed in Melbourne half a dozen years ago, and played about as many shows over here, I should have seen these guys on the Soulfly tour earlier this year but it clashed with a Discharge gig, and I’m actually a bit loathe to waste my time and money with Max Cavalera when he never projects any interest in being on the stage the last few times I’ve seen him.
Described as a “mixture of thrash metal, grindcore, sludge metal and early hardcore punk” and as “an intense live act” I’m quite looking forward to being within an academy venue shortly after the doors have opened.
The Like A Rat video features a cameo by Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo, who owns Housecore Records who handled the release of the bands Dead Set album in the United States.
A bit of a quiet week to kick off February’s gigs, but this month I have at least one trip over a body of water (maybe two!)
Wednesday – London Forum
A quick trip down to the big smoke for some German metal. My main reason for agreeing to go to this one nearly six months ago was to see Rage for the first time in six years, which was also their last time here, and the first time indoors for me. I wasn’t too bothered about missing the biggest part of Helloween, but they were impressive at Hard Rock Hell I’m now a bit gutted I’ve got to duck away from the venue for a 10pm train.
Friday – Crewe, The Box
My first time seeing local punks Discharge for 2016 and I know it won’t be the last time this year. Now signed to Nuclear Blast Records hopefully they’ll start to get the recognition they deserve.
Sunday – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms
Not 100% sure about this one just yet. The ex-Sepultura frontman is coming through the UK with Soulfly. I’m not a big Soulfly fan, but a friend recommended Australian band King Parrot to me and this is their first time here since that recommendation. At least it will be an early finish to get home if I go.