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The ferocity of Parkway Drive’s fourth studio album can be partially credited to the Australian metalcore quintet having traveled to Los Angeles, where Slayer and Hatebreed producer Matt Hyde sat in the mixing chair. But as the opening attack of Atlas affirms, the band deliberately made something that’s darker and harder than ever before. Don’t let the atmospheric synthesizers and acoustic finger-picking of the introductory “Sparks” fool you. After it sets a foreboding tone, “Old Ghosts/New Regrets” explodes with snarling guitars, ear-boxing blast-beats, ham-fisted breakdowns and Winston McCall’s most unrestrained vocal performance to date. “Dream Run” is just as feral in attack. It begins with a lo-fi production, pulling the listener in closely before launching a berserker attack on the eardrums. And though the melodies are just as gargantuan as all other elements; Hyde’s exercise in restraint builds a palpable tension here and throughout, making Atlas one of the most sophisticated albums to grace the metalcore genre. “Dark Days” paints a dystopian future on par with Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.

Customer Reviews

Parkway

Parkway has always mentioned religion and God in their music. And on this album, he's not saying there is no God. He questions how a God could love this world, after what we've let it become. With all the war, death, genocide, he's saying we've lost our humanity. I'm a soldier and frankly I love his point that he brings to the table in this album. Best album yet.

So good

This cd is amazing, I wouldn't expect anything else from these guys. So what if they talk about religion, I hate how people can quit liking a band because of their "religious" beliefs. It's music get over it honestly.

Parkway Drive

This band is amazing. I've loved every album they've released so far. I can't say which is my favorite album because all four deliver their own. Atlas seems like another great album and I can't wait to hear it.

Biography

Formed: 2003 in Byron Bay, Australia

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Hailing from the hippie-loving beachfront town of Byron Bay, Australia, metalcore outfit Parkway Drive blasted out of their serene surroundings touting a volatile blend of intricate metal riffing, punishing breakdowns, and hardcore's emotional tension. Named after a rural countryside road, the band was formed in summer 2003 by vocalist Winston McCall, guitarists Luke Kilpatrick and Jeff Ling, drummer Ben Gordon, and bassist Jia O'Connor. The five-piece outfit split an EP with like-minded countrymen...
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