Parkway Drive
Atlas


4.0
excellent

Review

by hankdee27 USER (19 Reviews)
November 27th, 2012 | 18 replies | 1,600 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Surprising experimentation that isn't an everyday breed you see of the metalcore genre.

1 of 3 thought this review was well written

Not exactly a mixed bag, metalcore sometimes turns so bland that the thought of another gang of nose-ringed tough-guys makes one cringe in embarrassment. Parkway Drive as a band proves to have a personality of its own. This can be said with ease, since the amount of metalcore bands with clean and acoustic guitar sections, cellos and violins humming along, and melodic female vocals, is not very many. Not in the least is Parkway Drive a band with heavy production focus that happens to ignore the issue of non-talented musicians (a la, Asking Alexandria, Motionless In White, and/or Blood On The Dance Floor).

This band, most fortunately is quite talented, and even knows the scheme of things when it comes to knowledge in viscous musical assaults. The band is tight with texture in its sound, and delivers the casual but necessary metalcore breakdowns. However, experimentation is what the band delivers with the aforementioned heavy production focus. The production is quite welcomed into one’s ears when you hear that the band has some gifts. Winston McCall does not stand out as exclusive in vocal work, but he gets the job done, almost seemingly imitating some similar traits of former Killswitch Engage vocalist, Howard Jones. Luke Kilpatrick (lead guitarist) and Jeff Ling (rhythm guitarist) are a splendid duo, bouncing off another with lively activity. The riffs conveyed in some songs are an attractive substitute to the boring crunchy guitars we hear so much. Ben Gordon on drumming duties is exceptional (hmm, as all metalcore drummers should be, but are not), pounding away in a cathartic, raging blows that give even more character to the anger of this type of hardcore punk. Jia O’ Conner on bass can’t be heard most of the time, as in most bands like this, but he delivers some interesting bass tempos that go along well with the emotional tendencies of the music.

One of the highlights of this album are “Sparks”, which presents the album with a gorgeous acoustic guitar passage and softly-spoken vocals that eventually boils over and breaks into screaming. “Wild Eyes” is probably a well-needed and proud addition to metalcore, with anthemic male whoas and an almost tribal drum beat occupying the seat for that ‘wow-man’ feeling. “The River” is another acoustic guitar passage, accompanied by cellos and violins that soar in almost tear-jerking fashion (I’m frightened, that’s definetly not normal at all). The title-track is the chief admirable moment of the whole album, carrying an emotional response with many instruments like the aforesaid clean guitar strumming, cellos, violins, and this time pianos. A truly beautiful metal song, which can be said without sounding silly at all (listen to it yourself, you’ll know what I mean). The closer, “Blue and the Grey” ends the program peacefully while still being heavy in its delivery, an electric guitar riff at the end being specifically excellent.

Wholly, Atlas has no terrible or mediocre players. There are only two tracks that don’t seem to stand out from the crowd of other tunes as much (“Old Ghost / New Regrets” and “Dream Run”). Atlas is experimental in its achievements of some unique boundary pushes. It not only gets the job done with texture and the musical abilities of the band, but it also seizes the day in the end, going gaga with new ideas that are hatched effectively.
Recommended Tracks: “Sparks”, “Wild Eyes”, “The River”, “Atlas”, “Blue and the Grey”.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ChopSuey
November 26th 2012



2392 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Wholly stuff

FearThyEvil
November 26th 2012



12459 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Album is a mess.

hankdee27
November 26th 2012



259 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ah, I guess that's his opinion then.

hankdee27
November 26th 2012



259 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Why is the album a mess? (Just curious of your opinion).

MichaelSnoxall
November 26th 2012



12163 Comments


ugh, so many horrible lines in this review. neg

FearThyEvil
November 26th 2012



12459 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Their isn't many memorable moments, too many breakdowns, boring riffs for the most part. It's hard to explain because I couldn't even get past the full album. I'll try again but not anytime soon.

hankdee27
November 26th 2012



259 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ok, nothing's wrong with that. It's just you posted a link to another review that gave the album a 1.5 right after I submitted this review.

hankdee27
November 26th 2012



259 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

heir isn't many memorable moments, too many breakdowns, boring riffs for the most part. It's hard to explain because I couldn't even get past the full album. I'll try again but not anytime soon.

Eh, well. I liked it. It seemed rather mediocre at first, but then I had a few more listens and it grew on me.

J0ckstrapsFTW
November 26th 2012



3652 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Eh its definitely no killing with a smile but hopefully they progress back to that

Durrzo
November 26th 2012



1090 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

So many people rated this 4 or higher and I just don't get it. Nothing special about it whatsoever, and just out of curiosity I really tried to find the reason people like it. No luck there, this is soooo boring.

Digging: Fallujah - The Flesh Prevails

hankdee27
November 26th 2012



259 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It really all depends upon interpretation... I might lower this to 3.5, because I just had my fourth listen, and it's starting to not be as good.


SlMBOLlC
November 27th 2012



4913 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

" Ben Gordon on drumming duties is exceptional (hmm, as all metalcore drummers should be, but are not)" neck that

but review is good album is good

fUck h8ers bros

MichaelSnoxall
November 27th 2012



12163 Comments


I might lower this to 3.5, because I just had my fourth listen, and it's starting to not be as good.

You wrote a review after only hearing it three times? Also, you mustn't know much about metalcore, because this album is pretty standard for the genre.

tommygun
November 27th 2012



24134 Comments


bradley knows what's up

I never listen to anything before reviewing it I mean why bother

Digging: J Mascis - Tied to a Star

SlMBOLlC
November 27th 2012



4913 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

hey snox i though u 4'd this wat happened

MichaelSnoxall
November 27th 2012



12163 Comments


Had my ratings wiped. Album's like a low 3.5.

SlMBOLlC
November 27th 2012



4913 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

wow
u started wit a 4.5 and now 3-3.5

dayum
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Cryio
January 11th 2013



96 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Neg'ed only based on your Summary. Just..no, man.



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