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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

Unbelievable

Right when you think Parkway Drive can't get any better..look what happens. The music in this album is very, very good…but the lyrics are what makes this album really shine. A MUST own for metal/metalcore fans.

If you don't have this album already….

WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU!!! After one listen it had already topped Deep Blue and KWAS. I've listened through it about 8 times already. There isn't a mediocre song on this album.
Personally favorites:
Wild Eyes: Just a great song, heavy, heavy, heavy. Doesn't slow down. Shows a bit of reflection to Deep Blue's Home is of the Heartless.
Dark Days: Yes, it was the single, still amazing. The slow, chugging riff at the beginning and the reflection on the "what went wrong" gets me every time.
Swing: Probably has the HEAVIEST outro I've heard in ages.
Blue and the Grey: Just… You'll know when you listen to it.

Solid

While I say this is a solid album it is not even close to Horizons or Killing with a Smile, but it is much better then Deep Blue. I don't know why but they seem to have lost their sound from the first two albums. Snake Oil and Holy Water sounds as if it could have been on one of those two albums the rest sound Deep Blue-ish. Still with that being said this album is decent and worth listening to but not gonna blow anyone away.

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. They split an EP with like-minded countrymen I Killed the Prom...
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