Review Summary: This is what fusing metal and hardcore is all about
The boys from Byron really shook things up with their first full length, which with the help from Killswitch Engage axeman Adam D, got them on the path to success
Parkway Drive have garnered a huge fanbase since the release of "Killing With a Smile", and have cemented themselves as one of the reall heavyweights in metalcore today, with much of that thanks going to their debut. But what made "Killing..." so good?
Released in 2005, "killing with a smile" happened just before the metal/deathcore explosion of 06/07. As a band that didn't listen to metal (except the lead guitarist), Parkway Drive showed a remarkable understanding for the genre, and that they could definately match it with the very best.
Album opener 'Gimme A D' shows the no nonsenss hit 'em hard attitude that is prevailent throughout the album. The fast riffage, solid drumming coupled with fantastic vocals and heavy breakdowns let the listener know exactly what they're in for. Whilst the next two songs, "Anasasis" and 'Pandora' are quality work, the album doesn't truly hit it's stride until....
Romance is Dead
Fan favourite, encore song and overall one of Parkway's finest moments. This gem truly shows the potential the Metalcore genre has to offer. Whilst showcasing everything a quality song should have, it still retains Parkway Drive's unique sound and ferocious attitude.
With the momentum gathered, Parkway assaults the listener with Guns for show, knives for a pro (song gets kudos for being a "lock, stock and two smoking barrells" reference); a short, yet incredibly hard hitting song.
Following up one great song with another is the norm for this album, and the "It's Hard to speak without a tongue, Mutiny, Smoke 'em if ya got 'em" and "A Cold Day in Hell" and running back to back, the brutal assault on the listener's ears does not relinquish.
The solid technicality, drumming and great vocals that Parkway are known for are showcased to their fullest extent, whilst the breakdowns and semi-immature lyrics may turn some people off, the overall energy and hard-hitting nature of of this album makes it one every metal fan should give a go.