This Parkway Drive article was written by Viktor Balchikliev, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Josh Hummerston
It has been three years of anxious waiting and Australia’s finest Parkway Drive are set to shake the metal world once again with the upcoming Ire. “Ire” is a rarely used word, literally translated as “rage”, but carrying a more powerful connotation. It follows the band’s tradition of using short titles that embody the predominant feeling and theme of the album. With the critically acclaimed Horizons (2007), Deep Blue (2010) and Atlas (2012) setting the bar very high, the boys from Byron Bay set sails towards new musical horizons to face a tsunami of expectations.
Ire marks that significant moment when an ambitious and quite talented band evolves into a mature group of musicians with experience and clear philosophy. The album is as different from the previous ones as much it is a 100% Parkway Drive signature – direct, emotional and angry.
The change in Ire is only for the better. True, the band loses some of the speed and heaviness of the previous albums, but adds musicality, depth of composition and rich structures. In a recent interview front man Winston McCall himself stated that in Atlas Parkway Drive had reached the limit of speed and aggressiveness, and everything beyond would sound as unbearable noise and unnecessary chaos.
Even if some parts do sound different, the band’s original spirit and charge is all the same. The die-hard and purist metalcore fans should see a clear indication that the band has not abandoned its roots in the racing beats of ‘The Sound Of Violence’, the screams in ‘Dedicated’, or the mosh pit-provoking ‘Dying to Believe’. The rest of the tracks also carry the energy and charge that have kept the band at the forefront of the genre in the past decade.
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For the more progressive-minded, there is an abundance of stylistic hints and diverse ideas. ‘A Deathless Song’ is the album’s slow and epic finale which finally gives us the chance to hear Winston singing. ‘Writing On The Wall’ combines tender violins and delicate melody with angry growl and heavy riffs. ‘Vicious’ blasts in a similar yet somewhat angrier fashion.
The album’s debut single ‘Vice Grip’ has already became the anthem of the major European festivals during the summer with a classic stadium rock sound and a positive video. Carrying identical mood the opening ‘Destroyer’ should appeal to the old-school heavy metal fans. ‘Crushed’ surprises with slower and sharper drums and fitting rant that grows into a truly crushing track.
In conclusion, Ire is indeed a cleverly written album with perfect sound that marks the exceptional growth of the Aussies. Their main goal is no longer pursuing speed and brutality but incorporating within a well composed and melodic music that does not lose an inch of its primal power. Once again Parkway Drive surf their way straight to the very top of the contemporary metal world, cementing their status yet again as the international heavy hitters of metalcore.
Ire is set to be released 25th of September via Epitaph records.