Parkway Drive
Ire


2.0
poor

Review

by Brett Tharp STAFF
September 23rd, 2015 | 356 replies


Release Date: 09/25/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Fractured quality.

Parkway Drive has proven to be a near anomaly in metalcore, that rare outfit that hasn’t had a true misstep in their career. Their equally harmonious and ferocious melodic metalcore output has been quite consistent whether considered in terms of album to album or song to song. Deep Blue had been the nearest the band has come to a below average record, but even being a stale addition to their discography it was a solid and highly enjoyable release in its own right. Thus, Parkway Drive managed to skirt around the dreaded pitfall in their career by the skin of their teeth…until now that is.

Ire is unfortunately a massive drop in quality for the band. It’s doubly unfortunate considering this is the most Parkway Drive has ever experimented with their sound. While it’s not a total rehaul of their sound, Ire will certainly sound alien to fans of the band’s past work. The pace is markedly slowed down, breakdowns are fairly sparse (at least compared to the days of Horizons and Killing With A Smile), and simple riffs coupled with amped up lead work are the name of the game here. Hell, it’s not even a stretch to say that most of the tracks call 80s heavy metal to mind more than metalcore. Few would argue that the band couldn’t use a bit of reinvention in their sound, but the drastic quality drop steals all of Ire’s thunder.

The opening moments of “Destroyer” are promising enough with a harmonized lead and a building backdrop that catches the ear, but as the song progresses, warning bells begin to go off. The verse riff is so simplistic that there’s virtually no punch in its execution, and the climactic breakdown, despite featuring more colorful lead work, fails to induce any real excitement. Much of the album’s admittedly inferior first half follows this disappointing formula. “Crushed” is a change of pace, but its perplexing nu metal influences bog it down. Ire’s second half is an improvement, but not by much. “Writings on the Wall” is ripped apart by an awkward juxtaposition of piano and a strange half sung/half snarl from vocalist Winston McCall, and ends up sounding more like a King 810 song than a Parkway Drive one. Other than a select handful of tracks, most of Ire hands off between forgettable and outright bad. The closer, “A Deathless Song”, is easily the best here, with a creative acoustic intro, actually captivating music, and just generally stronger songwriting. “Bottom Feeder” also works to an extent as a secondhand “Wild Eyes” (from their previous record Atlas) and “Vice Grip” very nearly nails the anthemic 80s metal they’ve been aiming for, no doubt due to the same wonderful lead work that carries most of the album forward. McCall’s vocals, when he isn’t aping King 810, are as fantastic as always, effortlessly gliding across the range between scream and growl. Even with these few good points, there’s such an abundance of weak tracks that leave Ire in a pitfall of its own making.

Ire is the misstep Parkway Drive has dodged throughout their career, but perhaps it’s their due for having such a solid discography up until now. It’s just especially sad to see it come when they finally changed their sound. The experimentation is respectable, it’s just that the execution leaves me wanting. Ire has its moments, but they’re too few and far between to redeem the other three quarters of its runtime.



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Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
September 23rd 2015


10124 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyMWO5OqiNI&feature=youtu.be&list=PLcZMZxR9uxC8HJVsXnkKlP9p4sXmr8BTN



this was hard to write not only because it's only the second time ive reviewed anything i liked this little but because the band in question is parkway drive. album grew off even more and is such a huge disappointment.

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Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
September 23rd 2015


10124 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

care to point out a few of the more important spots?

bloc
September 23rd 2015


42992 Comments


Surprised at that average rating, thought it would easily be below a 3

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
September 23rd 2015


10124 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

im pretty sure it'll drop

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
September 23rd 2015


6203 Comments


(edit: fixed)

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
September 23rd 2015


10124 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I just used commas for now. It looks to me like I would have to rewrite it slightly to make a semicolon work. Am I wrong?

Toondude10
September 23rd 2015


11314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

good review



first album listening to these guys, I didn't think it was THAT bad. First two tracks were great and the last song is underrated. The middle section is really boring though.



planning to listen to Atlas, possibly tomorrow.

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ExhaleTheLight
September 23rd 2015


228 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought Writings on the Wall sounded like KING 810. I dig this but I really don't dig Parkway's past efforts (except Atlas).

ScuroFantasma
Contributing Reviewer
September 23rd 2015


10688 Comments


I was looking forward to this :/. Ah well, good revew anyway, I'll probably still give it a listen.

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ExhaleTheLight
September 23rd 2015


228 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Winston's Pseudo cleans on the last track are pretty good considering this guy has been barking the past 10 years.

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
September 23rd 2015


10124 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

toon bruh listen to killing with a smile or horizons first



surprised this is the first time you've heard them tbh



and yea i really hate the king 810 vibes i get on like 2 or 3 songs

Toondude10
September 23rd 2015


11314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i'm sorry, i'm a sucker for space things and that album is calling me. totally legit, i know

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
September 23rd 2015


10124 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

ur loss

Spec
September 23rd 2015


34733 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Album isn't memorable at all other than "Dying To Believe."

Toondude10
September 23rd 2015


11314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

do you not like Atlas or something Game? I mean a 3.6 avg isn't bad at all.

Spec
September 23rd 2015


34733 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"first album listening to these guys"



how tho

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
September 23rd 2015


10124 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"do you not like Atlas or something Game? I mean a 3.6 avg isn't bad at all."



nah i love it, its better than deep blue but not as good as their first two tho. did kinda wear off me a tad recently

Toondude10
September 23rd 2015


11314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@spec I don't know, I've been meaning to listen to them for a while but I kinda hesitated for a while. Guess this is a better time than any.

ExplosiveOranges
Contributing Reviewer
September 23rd 2015


4408 Comments


shame, shame, shame



Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
September 23rd 2015


10124 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

shouldve been my summary tbh



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