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Killing With a Smile

Parkway Drive

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Album Review

Like their peers I Killed the Prom Queen, Australia's Parkway Drive have read up on the metalcore handbook as written by popular American bands like Killswitch Engage and As I Lay Dying. Their debut, Killing with a Smile, is all about punishing breakdowns, death metal riffing, hardcore aggression, and monstrous growls that want nothing more than to spit and snarl until listeners entirely understand just how pissed off they really are and, well, that they're not joking. Outside of a rough and venomous exterior (and incessant use of murderous and bloody imagery), Parkway Drive prove to really be just a bunch of tough Aussies with broken hearts. Of course, though, this means malicious and infuriated revenge directed at the young maidens who have tossed them aside. Consequently, lyrical treasures abound on the album: vocalist Winston McCall compassionately declares, "Cry me a f*cking river bitch/You wouldn't know love if it crushed your f*cking chest" in the fittingly titled "Romance Is Dead" before announcing several songs later that "If looks could kill you'd be a f*cking shotgun against my head...I would so love to hang you." So really, Parkway Drive just want to be loved. Fans of acts like Bleeding Through or any of the aforementioned handbook writers could get a lot of satisfaction out of this release; it just depends on where personal opinions currently stand on the necessity of another metalcore act.

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KILLING WITH A SMILE

My opinion. 1. Gimme AD 10/10 - May possibly be their best song, it's full of energy and it's a perfect song to start with. 2. Anasasis (Xenophontis) 9.0/10 - My least favorite song on the cd. too repetitive for me. 3. Pandora 10/10 - Definitely in my top 5. It's so perfect. 4. Romance Is Dead 10/10 - WOW, in the top 5. 5. Guns For Show, Knives For A Pro 9.5/10 - Really good song. 6. Blackout 9.5/10 - Best part of the song is the kick beat at the end of the song. 7. Picture, Perfect, Pathetic 9.5/10 - Really good song, but it's too short. 8. It's Hard To Speak Without A Tongue 10/10 - It took a while to like this song but now it's one of my favorites. 9. Mutiny 10/10 - Brutal, in the top 5. 10. Smoke 'Em If Ya Got "em 10/10 - this song is so epic, i think it should've been the last song on the cd. Oh well. 11. A Cold Day In Hell 9.5/10 - Good song, especially the main riff. Great Album. Buy it.

Obssesed!

For any metalcore fan. This band has some real talent. I picked this up when a freind reccommened it to me and now, months later, I still can't stop listening to it. The breakdowns are great and the guitar solos are something you don't see every day in the metalcore world. Each song stands out and is origanal, but the album flows very nicly. With the exeption of August Burns Red's Messengers, Killing With A Smile is the most flawless and energized metalcore album out there!!

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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