Parkway Drive
Atlas


5.0
classic

Review

by SnoopiestGraph USER (1 Reviews)
October 28th, 2012 | 52 replies | 5,581 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Buy it today, then buy your friend a copy and support an amazing band of five unimaginably giften musicians. Eight out of Five- no more needs be said.

9 of 17 thought this review was well written

Admittedly, this album may rub some of the "hardcore kids" the wrong way, but if you have even a semblance of an understanding of this genre you cannot deny its force. Let us deconstruct it as a whole. Lyrically it blow all of its predecessors out of the water. However, it goes significantly beyond retrospectively surpassing all of Parkway Drive's former albums. "Atlas" has something to say that was at best only superficially present in "Killing with a Smile," "Horizons," and "Deep Blue." Not only does this album deal with a markedly more mature side of Winston, the primary lyricist, it viscerally deals with a deeper and much more profound side of the band as a whole. Gone are the base lyrical constructions of albums past, here we see a much more rounded, human side of the band. Seamlessly we are transported from the most personal, intimate lyrics of "Sparks" to the universal, almost all encompassing lyrics of "Dark Days." Even more exciting and revealing is that the rest of the lyrics show a side of the band's ability to to craft what this listener can only call rich, evocative words. Nevertheless, "Atlas" consists of more than just Winston's lyrics.

Parkway Drive show a wonderfully progressive and evolutionary side of their overall musical composition, while remaining true to form and their perviously established sound. Each song follows the standard "Metalcore" genre while at the same time departing from it in a new and unique manner. The best comparison to the musical chops of "Atlas" is As I lay Dying's new CD "Awakened," which itself is quite the standout. However, that CD lacks the passion, or maybe inspiration of "Atlas." Every aspect of this CD if fresh, new, and somehow extremely familiar all at the same time. Rather than returning to the same tired, boring formula of old, the Australians have discarded or clearly have improved upon. Each one of the songs of this album brings a piece of palpably deep and rewarding musical genius. For a band that does little more than ridicule itself at every turn in interviews this quintet shows an astounding sense of humility in light of what they continue to create.

"Atlas" represents the pinacle of the genre and at its weakest demonstrates what all other "Metalcore" bands could only wish to aspire to. From "Sparks" to "Snake Oil and Holy Water" it gives fans of the genre a forceful, powerful record that can easily be digested for years. If you find yourself even remotely interested in PWD or "Metalcore" as a whole do yourself a big favor and give this record a listen. Go through it once, and sit on it, give it a day, and really digest it. "Atlas" is like a spicy meatball, it takes more than one bite to understand what exactly one is eating, but every moment yields wonderful rewards. In summation, this record is nothing short of wonderful, powerful, rich, deep, and fantastic. If you miss it, you have done yourself a disservice. It is a classic, and should remain so in a genre full of generic, derivative, boring, copy-cat artists. If you enjoy heavy, melodic, and overall excellent music you have already wasted a significant amount of your time wading through this pool of pedantic gibberish. Buy it today, then buy your friend a copy and support an amazing band of five unimaginably giften musicians. Eight out of Five- no more needs be said.


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SlMBOLlC
October 28th 2012



4827 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Inb4 you get neg'd to oblivion for 5-ing a pwd album.
For a first, this is quite well written. Only prob is that sometimes you start to sound as if you're just fauning over it. But your
ability to convey your message and articulate is quite good.

Pos

NeoSpaz
October 28th 2012



4517 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

holy fuck.

GET SOME PARAGRAPHS PLS

abrfest
October 28th 2012



32 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

good review. i would only say maybe you meant to say from sparks to blue and grey? since that is actually the last song, not snake oil and holy water

ThunderNeutral21
October 28th 2012



3864 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Admittedly, this album may rub some of the "hardcore kids" the wrong way, but if you have even a semblance of an understanding of this genre you cannot deny its force

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 28th 2012



15694 Comments


"giften" gifted

Digging: Synaesthesia (UK) - Synaesthesia

FrozenVain
October 28th 2012



2363 Comments


Summary is wierd.

JackSparrow
October 28th 2012



1686 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Change that summary it makes this review hard to be taken seriously. Haven't heard this album yet but it's probably a 4 like everything else they do

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 28th 2012



49736 Comments


Worst summary of all time neg

lol 5 for such an average band

Digging: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - Pikapika Fantajin

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 28th 2012



49736 Comments


"Admittedly, this album may rub some of the "hardcore kids" the wrong way, but if you have even a semblance of an understanding of this genre you cannot deny its force. Let us deconstruct it as a whole."

Fucking lol, worst introduction sentence ever damn two for two so far

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 28th 2012



49736 Comments


"Buy it today, then buy your friend a copy and support an amazing band of five unimaginably giften musicians. Eight out of Five- no more needs be said."

Worst concluding sentence of all time, 3 for 3

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 28th 2012



49736 Comments


" is As I lay Dying's new CD "Awakened," which itself is quite the standout. However, that CD lacks the passion, or maybe inspiration of "Atlas." Every aspect of this CD"

Referring to an album as a CD in 2012

Tyrael
October 28th 2012



20711 Comments


hahahahahaaaaa

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 28th 2012



49736 Comments


You say nothing in this review
It's just "buy this album buy this album hyperbole hyperbole buy this album 5/5"

TheMoreira
October 28th 2012



6730 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Well, not that bad for a first review. Try to develop more into the technical aspects of the album next time. Welcome man and keep it up!

Digging: 68 - In Humor and Sadness

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 28th 2012



49736 Comments


Horrible for a first review actually
No one gets better at writing if you're nice to them and don't call out their shit ya know
Deviant did the same thing to me on my first

HitlerIsTheBest
October 28th 2012



1585 Comments


lol, progressive. "omg female vocals and acoustic guitar, they got really experimental on this one!!! how fresh and original!!!"

TheMoreira
October 28th 2012



6730 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Hmm.. Putting it that way!

Well, what an awful shitty review! Fucking develop more into the technical aspects of the album next
time! Geez wat a tool lawl.


Hope this helps Mr. Reviewer. :-)

TheMoreira
October 28th 2012



6730 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Lol at hitler's comment haha

wacknizzle
October 28th 2012



12540 Comments


Parkway Dive

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TheMoreira
October 28th 2012



6730 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Indeed



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