Parkway Drive - Horizons
Record Label: Resist / Epitaph
Release Date: October 6, 2007
Adam Dutkiewicz has become the go-to guy for bands that need either a new direction, or need that helping step in to stardom. And, despite being a member of one of my least favorite Metal bands, (Killswitch Engage) his production here and on Parkway Drive's last album, "Killing with a Smile," is nothing short of bad-ass. The no-BS Australian metalcore five-piece haven't really changed their style or sound since "KWAS" and that's fine with me.
"The Sirens' Song" shows what these guys are about with killer metal guitar riffs from Jeff Ling and Luke Kilpatrick who have nearly perfected their style and work well off each other. The song's breakdown will make you want to mosh right in your living room, despite the looks of any in your household. "Feed Them to the Pigs" continues the chaos with a breakdown no more than 30 seconds in, including stop-your-heart drumming from drum madhouse Ben Gordon. As a drummer myself, it's hard not to be envious of his speedy style, while still maintaining wonderful rhythm.
The band slows things down with "Carrion" (well, slow for them anyways) and from there, the album really takes off. Winston McCall shows off his screaming ability in "Boneyards," the album's best song, giving us bone-crunching deep growls followed by high-pitched screams that will make your ears bleed. The last minute of the song is pure intensity and McCall shows us his silly writing style spouting lyrics like "There's blood in the water." At this, I was laughing and pumped up all at once.
But overlook the lyrics on this one. This is not a lyrical album. This is pure anger and insanity. Metal heads, this is certainly your album. Everyone else who's not looking for the next mosh pit band, you might want to skip this one.
Ah, well, I'll work on that. Forgive me, but I'm not really used to reviewing music. I mostly review films, so the switch is kind of difficult. But I will work on all of that. Thanks for the honest and fair criticism.
I've recently been listening to alot of parkway, proud to say there an 'aussie band', not often we get to say that.
The review isnt bad i just think this album deserves a bit longer a review. But hey if you've seen mine there not really any longr. Keep it up!