Parkway Drive
Deep Blue


4.0
excellent

Review

by LuminousFire95 USER (3 Reviews)
October 9th, 2010 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: After a few long years of wait, the album that is as raw and organic as you can get is released and boy is it going to send shivers down your spine.

Parkway Drive finally return to the music scene with their third album release titled 'Deep Blue'. After three years of touring and promotion of their sophomore album 'Horizons', the album that countless fans have been waiting for is finally out. Winston describes 'Deep Blue' as their rawest and heaviest record to date and an album that has a more organic and original sound to it. He also describes the narrative behind the album. “It is basically about the search for truth in a world that seems to be devoid of that, the story is told through the eyes of a man who wakes up and realises that his life is a lie and nothing he believes in is real. So he tries to find the truth within himself and his journey takes him to the bottom of the ocean and back again.

As I begin to delve into the album, the first track 'Samsara' sends chills down my spine. Surprisingly a slow melodic breakdown at the end of the track just leaves me going 'wow that was unexpected'. While the intro track may have been a bit slow and quiet, this is all but forgotten with the bone crunching song 'Unrest' which starts off with a few sweet opening guitar riffs and ends in one of the best breakdowns from the album. 'Sleepwalker' has a nice progression and one of those songs that make you pumped.

'Wreckage' starts of with a simple progressive guitar riff and I believe it is one of the best tracks of this entire album. Their are three distinitive guitar riffs in the song and the ending guitar part leaves me wanting more from this track. So with a bunch of great songs, I fall into a track which I just find has no real depth to it. To me 'Deadweight' has a really good introduction but at times feels repetitive and at times doesn't have a coherent progression to it at all. While a bad taste may be in my mouth 'Alone' one of the slowest and in fact the most melodic song of the album is surprisingly good. The ending guitar solo reminds me of the song 'Horizons' from their previous album and is really a great ending to the song. However as 'Alone' finishes 'Pressures' feels like a very lackluster song and much like 'Deadweight' from before, it feels like it doesn't flow well.

Then the intensity of the album is risen to a high with 'Deliver Me' with one of the best introductions of the whole song, it really is catchy and the song has no doubt the best breakdown of the album. The 'torn in two' part made me really go 'wow this is awesome' as it feels as raw and heavy as you can get. 'Karma' then starts with the best drumming of the whole album and ends progressively well. The best song of the album 'Home Is For The Heartless' then plays and you can just tell it's going to be a big hit for the fans. In my opinion, it's like the 'Carrion' of this album. It has a catchy chorus and one of the best tunes to really mosh out to in a concert. 'Hollow' and 'Leviathan I' are also great tracks but the ending track 'Set To Destroy' really doesn't go well with me. It feels short (it really is short) and doesn't have any melodic flow to it and feels tacked on.

Parkway Drive have really delivered the album that I have been waiting for 3 years. Winston certainly keeps his word that 'Deep Blue' is one of the most rawest and heaviest albums by them and no doubt this will be an album that I will be listening to for years to come. It may not have the technical aspect of 'Horizons' (which I must note is better) but it certainly has simple riffs and enough edge to keep me hooked.

Thanks for reading - Luminous.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Counterfeit
October 9th 2010


17819 Comments


one review per day bro

Scrambled
October 9th 2010


391 Comments


I understand you are new but do you proof read your reviews before hitting post???

Xenophanes
Emeritus
October 9th 2010


10614 Comments


Pretty decent review buddy

Digging: Kayo Dot - Coffins On Io

LuminousFire95
October 9th 2010


17 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Alright, I'll review one album a day.
Sorry guys, I'm new to the site haha :P

InFiction
October 9th 2010


3686 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Good review, I think for the most part I agree with your opinion of each track on this album.

bloc
October 9th 2010


34925 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Wreckage ROOOOOOOOOOOLZ

Butkuiss
October 10th 2010


4220 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Argh, someone beat me to it. I actually agree with the rating, and was thinking of writing my own review for this after my Organasm review was finished. I actually think this is their best album; it does true justice to their live show and overall vibe. Horizons was an Adam D.-ridden overproduced mess in my opinion.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
October 10th 2010


7311 Comments


Decent review - though honestly its just short of a pos in my books. IMHO, it's a bit too personal and reads more as a description of your personal tastes while using Deep Blue as an exemplary template...as opposed to reviewing the album, and using your personal tastes to lend a degree of objectivity to the review.

LuminousFire95
October 10th 2010


17 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the feedback!

MoosechriS
October 10th 2010


5025 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

cool review bro pos'd, although the more i listened to this the more i found myself going back and listening to Horizons and KWAS tbh. I think the album is pretty cool but think they need to try some new things. Still a cool album but for some reason i expected more from them. This was pretty similar to the last Bleeding Through album for me. It had the potential to be amazing but ended up being a bit of disapointment.

LuminousFire95
October 10th 2010


17 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeh I was expecting a bit more, suprisngly enough I also find myself listening to Horizons and KWAS over and over again

RosaParks
October 10th 2010


14926 Comments


Alright, I'll review one album a day.
Sorry guys, I'm new to the site haha

No, post as many reviews as you want. It's not a rule

nagstar89
October 10th 2010


71 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Decent Album.But KWAS rules

shottyxjohnxgottix
October 11th 2010


6 Comments


Parkway Drive's best work yet. Raw energy,emotion, and great musical talent go into this album. Two Thumbs up for the Aussies!!!!!

Edwin
October 11th 2010


1399 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Saw these guys the other week and had a great time, although the twelve Guinness I had beforehand had a lot to do with that I admit.

Desolator
October 21st 2010


191 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I lost some respect for these guys when I heard that their guitarists don't practice much at all and they replaced their baseplayer with a dude that didn't even know how to play. Still, they have some attitude

TheSpirit
October 21st 2010


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

baseplayer

Eulogize
April 26th 2011


2969 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Horizons > Killing with a Smile > Deep Blue.

lucasjcockcroft
April 26th 2011


3711 Comments


im kinda digging this band. dont know if enough to buy there album

HeadbangMastermind93
April 26th 2011


624 Comments


"I lost some respect for these guys when I heard that their guitarists don't practice much at all and they replaced their baseplayer with a dude that didn't even know how to play. Still, they have some attitude."

So that's why their riffs are so uninspired.



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