PaRtY-CaNnOn – Bong Hit Hospitalisation (Review)

...and representing Scotland...
One of these bands is doing its own thing

I have to declare my pro PaRtY-CaNnOn bias straight away. Ever since seeing the above poster online, I’ve felt an immense level of pride in these fellow Scots. But with the release of their debut full-length album Bong Hit Hospitalisation, the time has come for me to finally put my love of this band to the ultimate test: actually listening to their music.

It turns out that PaRtY-CaNnOn play ‘Party Slam Death Metal’. They are the greatest (and I’m guessing the only) practitioners of this musical genre. You couldn’t be blamed for thinking this is all some kind of piss-take but the Dunfermline…(ers? Dunfermlonians?) are smart enough to let their sense of fun infuse their music with a sense of personality and liveliness rather than letting it become a comedy record.

Bong Hit Hospitalisation (2015)
Bong Hit Hospitalisation (2015)

The production is fantastic, a great combination of technical and filthy with considerable heft and great separation between the instruments: the noodly bass and biscuit-tin drums are a joy. The band deliver at blasting speed alternated with seismic, lurching riffing and keep the album well-paced, continually catching you unaware with excellent and diverse moments like the cosmic Cynic-style bass solo in There’s a Reason You’re Single and the deft guitar solo that sees out Screech Even Sold His Body to Science. Stony Reddie’s alternately guttural and squealy vocals are powerful, varied and rhythmic enough to carry the songs without requiring any melody. And his delivery is often amusing too, like the pig-snorting climax of Interested Is Not the Word.

The main moments of mirth are kept to the inter-song samples but don’t interfere with or detract from the band’s main business of seriously brutal Death Metal. Quite the opposite: they only add to the sense of chaotic hedonism and even serve a useful function in helping to pace out the record and offer brief breathers from the carnage. And I had no idea you could do that with a grapefruit.

Bong Hit Hospitalisation is one of the most refreshing Extreme Metal albums I’ve heard in a good while. It’s surprisingly catchy and tons of fun, delivered by a band canny and talented enough to ensure there’s some serious substance underneath all the rib-tickling. I love hearing such genuinely extreme music performed with this kind of wit and personality and PaRtY-CaNnOn are one of my most pleasant discoveries of 2015. Them and the grapefruit thing.



**Many thanks for FullBlast!PR for the promo copy**

38 thoughts on “PaRtY-CaNnOn – Bong Hit Hospitalisation (Review)”

      1. Well I think it’s fantastic. They’ll be glad you’re getting the word out, and you get to hear their incredible music. Win-win! I really liked what I heard in that track. I don’t usually go for the cookie monster vocals, but if I was gonna save my tolerance for that for one band, it would have to be PARTY CANNON!*

        * I think it oughta be illegal to type their name as Party Cannon. It should only ever be PARTY CANNON! Preferrably in bold font. 🙂

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      2. No, I believe the correct spelling is PaRtY-CaNnOn. This variety of Death Metal isn’t normally something I gravitate towards either. But after hearing this I’m looking into more of the Slam stuff. I’m intrigued.

        And I can’t stress enough that this is a really fun listen. I’m genuinely impressed by how much I’ve got out of it.

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      3. Haha I’m guessing that’s a locals joke.

        The only thing I know about Pailey is it’s the name of a town near here, on the way to the beach. It’s a wee little town that, to mee, is notable for two things: a great canoe rental place, and an AWESOME roadside ice cream cone shop.


      4. So… not much there, then! Our Paisley also used to have a packaging plant for the best meat in the area, but it burned down. But yeah, we once rented canoes and went all the way from Paisley down to Southampton. A two day trip! It was fun. And the roadside ice cream, you ask for a Small and they give you a cone with two scoops the size of your fist. I can’t even imagine the Large!


  1. Man I’m playing that track now. This is crazy! Parts of it remind me of Anal Cunt. Well, except all the AC songs are about 10 seconds long. But wow, what a sound! I didn’t understand a word they were saying – I think their Scottish accents were too thick for me… 😉

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  2. Dunfermliniots? Dunfermlineans? Dunfermlinoans?

    Man, the denonym of that one’s tricky!

    Interestingly, Wiki says that in Scottish Gaelic it’s Dùn Phàrlain, and in Scots it’s Dunfaurlin. Another variation was Auld Grey Toun, but I think that covers just about every town over there, at one point or another, eh?

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    1. I’m not entirely sure but it’s the sort of thing you see happening on the mean streets of Glasgow (and presumably Dunfermline too) all the time. I’ve learned that it’s best just to keep walking and not ask…


      1. Seconded!

        Imagine a site where it’s all albums reviews and each review is one word… It’s more work than you’d think. Words have power, and you’d have to evoke the proper feeling of a whole album with that one word…

        You heard it here first! If someone does it and makes money on it, I get my percentage!

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