Parkway Drive: Ire
Australia’s metalcore kings diversify their rage
The leaders of Australia’s booming metal revolution have matured and evolved since emerging as decent exponents of the Unearth brand of fiddly riffs and breakdown-heavy metalcore.
Deep Blue in 2010 was a nigh-on perfect distillation of the genre’s most thrilling elements, with monolithic riffs and anthems that left an indelible mark, and their last outing, Atlas, saw Parkway Drive disprove the naysayers who claim they’re little more than metalcore by numbers, adding new dynamics, textures and all manner of bells and whistles while still giving the wheel a boisterous spin. However, the sheer scale of change on Ire initially suggests the Byron Bay five-piece have bitten off more than they can chew.