Parkway Drive
Atlas


2.5
average

Review

by Cryio USER (1 Reviews)
January 9th, 2013 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Another mediocre affair unfortunately.

Sometimes you think some people like their condition. If they are happy being who they are, they won’t think of aspiring to greater things. When we’re talking about any of Parkway Drive’s LP, this is the truth in its most pure form. They once wrote on album that launched them to stardom (Killing with a Smile) and after that they stopped doing anything worthwhile . Since then, they’ve been executing the same rehashed formula, releasing album after album, all of them solid no doubt, but surely not all that interesting.

I’m barely holding myself here from tearing this album to shreds. Some time in 2010 I found myself liking their debut effort, thinking that for once the breakdowns we’re interesting and meaningful. In time I figured that they weren’t all that fancy, but they worked within the music’s context. And we were all fine with that. Furious riffs, menacing break-downs, angry screaming, what could go wrong? For the first try (lets say first 2 tries), all things worked out. But you see, when you put out the same album 3 times, it getting a bit underwhelming. These guys can write fun songs now and then, but I haven’t seen one of them since their Horizons days.

Let me give you examples of what is bugging me with this record. Take „Dream Run” intro and compare it with Deep Blue’s „Sleepwalker”’s or „Hollow”’s. What so special about background intro riffing? Sure, on Deep Blue they conveyed the idea that the sound comes from under water, but the whole water theme is gone from Atlas. So what gives? Then there is the pointless wannabe Dj-ing/remixing happening in The Slow Surrender (2:45-2:58). I seriously can not think of a good reason for that being there. Interesting, catchy, fun? Nope. Unexpected and a bit annoying? Yep. A third thing would be a general lack of hooks. Only 3 songs contain anything barely noteworthy. The spoken section of „The River”, the gang vocals during „Wild Eyes” and the final break-down starting at 2:16 and ending at 3:07 on „Swing”. The rest of the album is mostly normal average metalcore affair: Chug-scream-chug-breakdown-scream-breakdown-chug.

On a more positive note, Parkway Drive does have a few interesting songs (interesting for them anyway). The first one is Wild Eyes, which effectively uses arpeggios in the intro and gang vocals during the chorus. Not too much of an improvement, but hey, it’s something. The second thing I didn’t see coming was the inclusion of a female vocalist for one of the tracks, the appropriately titled „The River”. This is the only song on the album that has a few seconds on quietness. No drums, no growls. The seemingly distant voice of a woman, and a few licks of the guitar. How nice, it may seem. It’s even nicer when this „moment” develops to the spoken section sang by both the vocalist and the lady „Hold out your hand, sink into me / Hold out your hand, I’ll take you away.” For a few seconds, I was literally taken away to a more tranquil place. But then the screaming comes back and it ruins the great atmosphere it just created.

Fans of Parkway Drive will like Atlas for what it is. More solid, albeit slightly uninteresting stuff from one of their favorite bands. For the rest of you, you aren’t missing anything. Move on.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Cryio
January 8th 2013


97 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Spent 2 years on Sputnik and thought I should start reviewing some time. Seems like a not-so-aclaimed album, in the middle of the night, would do.

First review, obviously. Any suggestions are appreciated. I'm not a native speaker, so I tried to do my best. Opinions?


Cryio
January 8th 2013


97 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Also, how do I edit a review after I posted it? Kinda messed the summary.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 8th 2013


31605 Comments


No offense, but the summary isn't the only thing you messed. This whole review needs a huge proofread; you've got punctuation and grammatical errors all up in this

>my profile
>edit my reviews/albums
>edit
>profit

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Winrar
January 8th 2013


1722 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

"Let me give you examples of what is bugging me with this record"

I don't like it when people write stuff like this. You can point out the flaws in your review and you don't really need to tell us this when we can already read them ourselves. it's your first review so i'll pos because its not a bad effort for a first review.

Captain North
January 9th 2013


6791 Comments


Even for a first review the typos and grammar is appalling.

Also, just a note, you complain that there is nothing new on here and then complain about a part being unexpected.

J0ckstrapsFTW
January 9th 2013


3658 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Lol review

Cryio
January 9th 2013


97 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Well I mentioned they have a few interesting parts for them. If a song happens to have something different, I find it to be just a gimmick. Let's say an album has 5 or 6 good moments. This doesn't make that 12-track album noteworthy. Overall it's still a boring, lazy effort from the band.

Cryio
January 9th 2013


97 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

All right, I cleaned things up a bit. You guys were right, my writing was really messy. I think the 2 o'clock hour took its toll on me. Is it better now?

DotEight
January 9th 2013


5643 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Snore core.

LocustGrove
January 9th 2013


540 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this band sucks.



Coming from a guy that has the most generic 5's, that statement means very little. Now get lost.

Captain North
January 9th 2013


6791 Comments


I liked Deep Blue, but even I found this boring. Too dickhead Australia disagrees

LocustGrove
January 9th 2013


540 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

What a moron

Cryio
January 9th 2013


97 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Well now, haven't you guys deviated a bit from the topic at hand?

Minus.
January 9th 2013


2680 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

A 1.5 is too harsh of a rating for this. Save those low ratings for deserving bands like Asking Alexandria.

NorwichScene
January 9th 2013


1521 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Listen to Snake Oil and Holy Water 20 times then tell me its bad...


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Captain North
January 9th 2013


6791 Comments


No thanks, it was bad after two listens, I really don't think this is a grower of a record.

But I do actually agree that 1.5 is too harsh for something that's merely generic and boring, instead of offensively bad



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