Resist Records/ Epitaph Records
Australian Metalcore band Parkway Drive is never a disappointment when it comes to their sound. With the release of their fourth album, Atlas, they’re still dominant in the Metalcore scene. “Dark Days” was released along with a music video, being a decent sneak peak into the album without covering the entirety of their new work – this being a positive note. The album varies in sound, but still has that ‘Parkway Drive’ distinction to it.
The opening track, “Sparks,” was a subtle and calmer opener than the expected growling and screaming. The subtlety lasted nearly two-minutes until right before the second track, “Old Ghost/New Regrets,” which is the hook of the album for new listeners and old listeners alike. The drumming seems to be more aggressive than usual for Parkway Drive on this album, most noticed throughout “Wild Eyes.”
As for diversity on the album, tracks like “Atlas,” and “Sleight of Hand” stand out the most for being slower and quieter, but not drastically of course. Something seems more characteristic about this album, from the crystal vocals of Winston to Ben’s drumming. This album is a powerhouse of awesome.
Jaii Bhamra (Twitter @jaiikbhamra)
Album Review: Parkway Drive – Atlas
Jaii K. Bhamra