Parkway Drive – Atlas (2012)

Album Review

Australian metalcore group Parkway Drive return from the raw production of their controversial 2010 album Deep Blue with the more adventurous and nuanced follow-up, Atlas. Some fans and critics squabbled over Deep Blue’s intent and production. The songs trudged on full-bore for most of the record’s duration, relying heavily on chunky breakdowns and production so guitar-centric it obscured a lot of finer sonic points completely. Atlas was deftly produced in brilliant colors with help from metal producer Matt Hyde, accentuating some of the subtleties of an admittedly not very subtle band. While the band still leans on moshy breakdowns a good deal over the course of the album, technical dual guitar leads sneak into a lot of the better songs, varying from the tenuous and slow New Wave of British Heavy Metal-esque leads on “Dark Days” to straight-up speed shredding on “The Slow Surrender.” Songs like “The River” are where Parkway Drive really diversify their sound, incorporating clean wandering guitars and even melodic female vocals into the intro before exploding into a creepingly melodic thrash workout. Title track “Atlas” also goes into experimental…  Read more on allmusic.com

About the Band

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 I Killed the Prom Queen that same year, and later appeared on the local hardcore compilation What We’ve Built. This activity preceded the May 2005 release of Parkway Drive’s debut EP, Don’t Close Your Eyes, on the Sydney-based Resist Records. Parkway Drive continued building a respected name for themselves… Read more on allmusic.com

Tracks

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
Sparks
Parkway Drive
                        2:18
2
Old Ghost/New Regrets
Parkway Drive
                        2:49
3
Dream Run
Parkway Drive
                        4:08
4
Wild Eyes
Parkway Drive
                        4:18
5
Dark Days
Parkway Drive
                        4:05
6
The River
Parkway Drive
                        5:27
7
Swing
Parkway Drive
                        3:31
8
The Slow Surrender
Parkway Drive
                        4:14
9
Atlas
Parkway Drive
                        4:08
10
Sleight of Hand
Parkway Drive
                        4:27
11
Snake Oil and Holy Water
Parkway Drive
                        2:48
12
Blue and the Grey
Parkway Drive
                        5:47