Thrash Blast Grind Tour Brisbane (Brisbane, QLD)

29 March 2019 at The Back Room

The Back Room at Annerley in the city outskirts of Brisbane is a hub of the metal scene and tonight’s sold out show was no exception. From the get go the room was full, watching Potion from Sydney warming the already pumped crowd with their doom psych heavy metal.  Formed in 2017 the three piece consists of Lee on Vox/Guitar, Stella on Bass and Chris on Drums and they got the groove going whilst the drinks were flowing. Check their EP Women of The Wand here.

Next up were crazy hardcore thrash outfit Palm from Osaka. High energy from the start to the end they certainly got the mosh pit thrashing increasing the heat and the excitement.  Their 2nd time touring the land of Oz and on the heels of the release of their new album at the end of 2018 To Live is to Die, To Die is to Live – from the crowd’s reaction and their shoe drinking antics, I am sure they will be back to visit our shores soon! Get the album here and bombard your eardrums

Melbourne icons King Parrot were the next cab off the rank and with their classic Aussie tongue in cheek and foot firmly up the rear lyrics, they set the crowd into a maddening throng. Following up from their 3rd release named Ugly Produce in 2017 they are one of Australia’s hardest working and one of the most popular metal acts about. Their fan base is notable from the number of Parrot shirts nearly outweighing Pantera shirts in the crowd. And as with Anselmo the crowd was not disappointed. Thrashing and grinding through some favourites such as Sh!t on the Liver (which reminds me of a saying my Grandfather used to say when I was cranky) they are Aussie through and through which makes them ACE! I have seen these fellas before and am sure they will blast my eardrums out again and crack me up – Slatts kept his dacks on this time haha. Check out their videos – some of the most hilarious corkers comparative to their QLD brothers in metal – The Dead Kellys. Dead set mate, they’re TOPS!

Then onto the reason this show sold out in such a short amount of time Phil Anselmo former vocalist for both the legendary Pantera and Down, now backed by the excellent musicians The Illegals. Beginning the set with his new songs Phil has kept the fire burning for close to 40 years. The crowd ranged from ones that were too young to have witnessed Pantera to those old enough to give Phil a run for his money. Introducing the last part of the set, Phil declared how it was hard to sing these tunes, with the passing of both the Abbott Brothers, but with the roar of his fans at his back the flashback began. Once the Pantera anthems started the cheering, singing and some serious moshing was empowering.  The man has an ardent following and declared his love and gratitude to his fans several times during the show especially to the singing along to all his tunes from old to new. Highlights for me were renditions of A New Level, I’m Broken and Cemetery Gates.

Pantera holds a special place in my heart from the decades of broken necks in grimey metal clubs and tonight was a little flashback of what it was like when The Cowboys From Hell lived on Earth.

I dedicate this to Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul – you will never be forgotten. \m/

Line-up: Philip H Anselmo & The Illegals, King Parrot, Palm, Potion

Reviewer: Tina Summers
Photocredits: Chris Barnett