Review Summary: Parkway Drive are set to destroy!
Aussie beatdown crew Parkway Drive deliver a visceral slab of metalcore fury, perfect for a classic throw down.
Its brutal & meaty as a 12oz steak thrown on the barbie, but also retains maturity and a new found simplicity in its 13 bruisers.
Old timers will be happy to hear that the breakdowns haven't decreased in their sheer ear-drum-battering brilliance. The catchphrases are also still in attendance; ("Unrest: "what the *** have i become!" & Deliver Me: "Torn in two!") to name only two of the potential scream-along moments.
Production (thanks to Joe Barresi) is rawer than before, helping the rabid fury of the band to seep through the cracks in the previous sheen they experienced with Killswitch Engage nutjob Adam D.
Winston McCall is a hardcore superstar. He seamlessly combines surfer attitude and terrifying intensity, with a dark side of philosophy and melancholy. One of the biggest strengths of this album, is the lyrics themselves; "See you can win the rat race, but youre still nothin' but a ***in' rat!".
Negatives come in the form of a dip in quality towards the end, "Hollow and Leviathan I" are to blame. Whilst not being bad, after the innovation of Home Is For The Heartless (you have to hear it to believe it...think a metalcore bon jovi!) and before we get punched in the face by the skate-punk-esque rattle of "Set To Destroy", they're stuffed in there like insulation, not as weedy pinpoints, but as more of the same.
However, if you like metalcore, you will like this album. Perhaps derivative to some, the quality of songs is stronger than ever. Plus its deep! (for once). So don your flip flops, grab a pint and throw down......
Parkway Drive are set to destroy!
Unrest, Deliver Me, Set To Destroy
For fans of: August Burns Red, As I Lay Dying, I Killed The Prom Queen