Parkway Drive stress out the Fire Brigade in London
AUSSIE METAL KINGS START THE GREAT FIRE OF LONDON PART II AT CAREER-DEFINING MEGA-SHOW
TONIGHT MARKS a truly momentous occasion for Parkway Drive.after over 10 years of providing us with some of the most bombastically iconic metalcore of this generation, now is the time for them to take the next step to becoming your future festival headliners. It was only a year ago that they were demolishing this very venue, and even then, it felt like they had a nuclear wind in their sails. But while that was a truly monumental night, this victory lap at the end of the Ire album cycle is even more mind-blowing.and with more fire than Satan’s own furnace, plus a spinning drum kit as well as Parkway being on the form of their lives, it’s a wonder the roof doesn’t blow off. First up, Stick To Your Guns’ melodic hardcore stomp has been finely-tuned to fit stages of this grandeur, providing the perfect opening to the ferocity to come. It’s incredible just how deadly this band have become – but it still pales next to what follows.
“It looks like survival of the fittest out there, but that’s fine,” laughs domineering Parkway frontman Winston Mccall, as the crowd rips seven shades of shit out of each other during the excruciatingly heavy Boneyards.then there’s the production; everything is bigger, grander and more gnarly, turning these circlepit-inducing songs into show-stopping monsters.vice Grip explodes with flames everywhere, while Swing sees sticksman Ben Gordon playing upside-down on a drum roller-coaster.the harrowing depth of Crushed takes on evil undertones, as the riff sounds even more bone-shattering than usual.
As the heat inside the building reaches heights akin to the surface of the sun, the Fire Brigade roll up to the venue to check it hasn’t melted.almost – but that’s only partly down to the flames. Because if there’s one thing we can take away from tonight, it’s that Parkway Drive are on fire.they’ve proven time and time again that they’re more than capable of stepping up and establishing themselves as one of the best in this scene, and a set this good deserves to be in the biggest of arenas.
“Hello, BBQ hotline? Yeah, it’s doing that thing again…”
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