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Video: Parkway Drive – Bottom Feeder

EpitaphAustralian metalcore outfit Parkway Drive has premiered a new music video for the song “Bottom Feeder,” which appears on their latest full length, Ire, released last year via Epitaph Records.

Watch the video below.

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Tours: Parkway Drive

EpitaphAustralian metalcore outfit Parkway Drive will be heading on tour this Fall.  The band continues to support their latest full length, Ire, released last year via Epitaph Records.

Listen to the full disc below.

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Parkway Drive Full Album Stream

EpitaphAustralian metalcore outfit Parkway Drive has premiered a full stream of their upcoming full length, Ire, due for release on September 25th via Epitaph Records.

Listen to the full disc below.

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Parkway Drive – Sound Of Violence

EpitaphAustralian metalcore outfit Parkway Drive has premiered a new single. The song is titled “Sound Of Violence” and will appear on their upcoming full length, Ire, due for release on September 25th via Epitaph Records.

The song can be heard below.

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Tours: Parkway Drive / Miss May I

Miss May IOhio metal band Miss May I has announced that they will be serving as support for Parkway Drive on their upcoming tour.  Miss May I continues to support their recent LP, Deathless, released back in September via Rise Records.

Tour dates can be found below.

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Parkway Drive Announce UK/European Headline Shows

Parkway Drive 2015Australian metalcore outfit Parkway Drive have announced a massive headline tour across Europe and the UK in early 2016. The band will be out in support of their upcoming full length, Ire, due for release on September 25th via Epitaph Records. 

The band have also release a video for Vice Grip, a track that features on the new record. Check out the video and the full list of dates and below.

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Parkway Drive Announce Summer European Shows

Parkway Drive 2015Australian metalcore outfit Parkway Drive have announced a number of festival dates across Europe this summer. The tour will also see them play a number of exclusive club shows, see the tour poster below for full details of all confirmed shows.

The band’s latest album is 2012’s Atlas, released bia Epitaph Records.

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Parkway Drive - Deep Blue

Parkway Drive

Deep Blue

Epitaph Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

I’m going to do something I’ve never done before and write this review fully aware and self conscious about where it stands in this discourse we call reviewing.  You see, during my research for Parkway Drive’s latest full length, Deep Blue, I came across some deeply polarized opinions.  Now this isn’t particularly uncommon, but in this case two reviews really stood out, both representing different but integrally related factions of the same punk community.

The first, bearded punk stronghold Punknews.org, and second its younger, outwardly “hipper” counterpart, Absolutepunk.net (take both of those descriptions with a grain of salt).  Both sites have become landmark authorities in many punk circles, and press outlets and labels have come to rely on them for quality review coverage.  While it’s true that both feed different audiences, they’ve both earned the ear of the world, and should each be respected in their own right.  So what to think when Absolutepunk’s Drew Beringer trumpet’s Deep Blue as Parkway Drive’s  “best album to date” and goes on to praise its as their “rawest and heaviest sound ever,” whereas Org reviewer Sloane Daley dismisses the effort, claiming that “there isn’t anything redeeming… in the lyrics, the playing of the instruments, the vocals, or the production.”  What to think indeed…

Well, there are several options, but only a couple worth delving too deeply into; the most obvious being that these reviewers hold radically different tastes – but while that might makes sense when explaining stylistic bias, it wouldn’t fully explain the vicious nature of Daley’s words and borderline personal attacks.  Instead, I think it more likely that something big is at stake – at least for one of the reviewers – and that under this pretext it’s very easy to be critical and reactionary.  Allow me to explain.

Over the past decade, many people have criticized the explosion of sleek commercial hardcore – myself included.  The type that has ultimately replaced the popularity of mid-90’s punk and that which it is still evolving into (what we might vaguely call the post-emo and post-Hot Water Music era), and allow band’s like Parkway Drive to flourish and thrive on a hugely popular sound that has come to muddy the line between counterculture and the commercial mainstream (e.g: classic example being Hot Topic).  To cut to the chase, Absolutepunk has emerged from and consequently thrived under this new climate, whereas Punk News arguably distances itself from this movement willingly (which is often used as a source of pride).

Now consider that the very label that Punk News patrons practically idolized during their heyday released Deep Blue, Epitaph Records, and the source of frustration becomes clear.  And to add salt to the wound, Epitaph can largely take credit for “discovering” and pushing Parkway Drive upon the world.  Had Parkway Drive been signed by then home for hardcore Trustkill Records (now Bullettooth), I doubt anyone would have held such bad blood – even if they truly disliked the band and their sound.

So now with that out of the way, how do I feel about the record?  After all, this is still a review.  Well, I’ll be the first to admit that heavy, gut wrenching hardcore isn’t my specialty, but I have no problem admitting that I still find myself falling for some of the gems that emerge from time to time.  But even then I tend to shy away from the heaviest of hardcore and go with something a little more dynamic – likeEvery Time I DieMemphis May Fire, or more recently, Norma Jean.  Parkway Drive on the other hand, is really quite dark, and focuses its strength on chugging riffs and gut churning growls.  I wouldn’t say their sound is terribly unique for what many have been called their best, but I can’t deny that all of the mechanics are in the right places.  Vocalist Winston McCall commands a surprisingly clear demonic voice with regards to lyrics, and there is a good bit of variability in tempo to boot – “Sleepwalker” for instance, with its changing voices and evolving rhythms, makes for a fairly enjoyable four minutes.

My biggest issue with the bulk of Deep Blue though, is that when the blanket riffs play, there isn’t a terrible amount to hold on to.  Granted, when they start layering on the guitar solos as per sections of “Wreckage,” I’m back in, but I get the feeling that if they threw caution to the wind and left those riffs with their past releases, I’d be placing Parkway Drive much higher in my list of contemporary heavy hardcore.  There’s just so much potential in the speedy guitars and pounding drums of tracks like “Deadweight” that it’s a shame they retreat so readily into sluggish breakdowns.  I won’t go into great detail about too many of the tracks though, since they seem to reuse many of the same tricks I’ve already commented on.

But on one last note, a lot has been said about Bad Religion’s Brett Gurewitz contributing guest vocals on “Home Is For The Heartless.”  To be honest, they really don’t do much, and sound rather dilute next to McCall, even if they do offer some of that much needed variability – the big, anthemic “woahs” are quite welcome though.  The song isn’t bad, but its success shouldn’t be credited to Gurewitz.

So where does this leave me?  Well, without sounding like some sort of all knowing authority (because as you probably already believe, I’m not), Deep Blue is far from horrible.  To ignore that with Deep Blue Parkway Drive is committed to pumping out a great variety of tempos and ideas is ignorant.  Even if you prefer traditional East Coast hardcore (or some other punk rooted variant), this is far from the bottom of the barrel, and you could do much, much worse walking into Hot Topic than Deep Blue.  That being said, Parkway Drive still has a ways to go before they completely break free of some of the more generic conventions of hardcore.  They’re still very much defined by the movement they’ve been a part of since their birth, and their next step will be to make something that is truly their own.  Until then,Deep Blue is probably their best work to date, but let’s not confuse personal standards with those of an entire genre.

So there you have it, my discourse-based understanding of Parkway Drive’s Deep Blue.  Was it necessary?  Probably not, but somebody had to address the elephant in the room, so before you ready your flames and rotten fruits, just know that in good conscious, I couldn’t have written this review any other way.

Videos: Parkway Drive – Wild Eyes

Parkway Drive has premiered a brand new music video.  The video features the song “Wild Eyes” from their brand new full length, Atlas, released back in October 2012.  The album followed their 2010 Epitaph Records release, Deep Blue.

The video can be viewed below.

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Parkway Drive Full Album Stream

Parkway DriveParkway Drive has debuted a full album stream of their upcoming new record, Atlas, due out October 30, 2012.  The album follows their 2010 Epitaph Records release, Deep Blue.

Give the album a spin below.

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Parkway Drive – Old Ghosts/New Regrets

Parkway DriveParkway Drive has released a brand new song.  The track is titled “Old Ghost/New Regrets” and is set to appear on their upcoming new record, Atlas, due out October 30, 2012.  The album follows their 2010 Epitaph Records release, Deep Blue.

Give the song a listen below.

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Tours: Parkway Drive Announce UK Dates

Parkway Drive have announced details of a small tour around the UK in April 2012.

“As far as we are concerned this European tour can’t come fast enough!” says frontman Winston McCall. “To put it simply we love touring Europe, and this tour looks like it’s shaping up to be one to remember.”

The band will play five dates, they can be found below.

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Tours: Parkway Drive, You Me At Six, Bleeding Through, Wonder Years (Australia)

Parkway DriveDates have been unveiled for the upcoming Australian tour with Parkway Drive, You Me At Six , The Wonder Years and Bleeding Through.

The ten day tour kicks off on May 18th in Brisbane. The dates are below.

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Tours: Parkway Drive / Set Your Goals

Parkway DriveThey’ve conquered the metal charts in their home country of Australia, and now Parkway Drive has their sights set on the US with a planned tour for the new year. Their headlining tour will kick off in February alongside their label mates Set Your Goals.

The tour will be in support of Parkway Drive’s third studio album Deep Blue, which has gained much critical acclaim since its release on Epitaph Records earlier this year. It debuted at #39 on Billboard’s Top 200, and picked up an ARIA award for “Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Record”.

The dates are below.

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Hurricane Festival 2011 Announced

The first batch of bands for next year’s Hurricane Festival in German has been announced.  Current bands in attendance include Blink-182, Comeback Kid, Converge, Darwin Deez, Egotronic, Foo Fighters, Friendly Fires, Frittenbude, Kvelertak, Parkway Drive, Sick Of It All, The Chemical Brothers, The Wombats, Two Door Cinema Club, and William Fitzsimmons.  The bands the venue takes place in Scheeßel near Bremen, Germany, typically every June.

Further details can be found on the festival’s website (be forewarned, it’s in German!)

Streams: Parkway Drive – Deep Blue

Epitaph RecordsParkway Drive’s new record Deep Blue is now streaming on their MySpace Page. The record comes out on June 29th through Epitaph Records.

They just released their video for the single Sleepwalker which can be seen here.


   

Mp3: Parkway Drive – Unrest

Epitaph Records‘s Parkway Drive are streaming a new track on their myspace.  The track is titled “Unrest” and comes from their upcoming album, Deep Blue, due out June 29, 2010.

Check it out here.

Video: Parkway Drive – Sleepwalker

Parkway DriveParkway Drive have released their video for Sleepwalker, the first single from their new album,Deep Blue.

The record comes out on June 29th through Epitaph Records; the video can be seen below.

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Parkway Drive to enter studio this month

Parkway DriveParkway Drive announced on their myspace that they will begin to record their upcoming album in a studio in LA this month. The album should be released mid-2010 according to the message. They will be working on the successor of Killing With A Smile with producer Joe Barresi (Bad Religion, Fu Manchu, Queen of The Stone Age, Tool).

The band will begin their Europe tour on April 23rd (with Despised Icon, Wings of Plague, The Warriors and 50 Lions) before joining Warped Tour this summer; the dates are on their MySpace.