PARK­WAY DRIVE

BY­RON BAY MET­AL­CORE CREW CEL­E­BRATE 10 YEARS OF HORI­ZONS IN FEROCIOUSLY SWEATY STYLE

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STAND­ING IN a small of­fice back­stage, with the fi­nal notes of set closer Bot­tom Feeder still hang­ing in the air, Park­way Drive front­man Win­ston Mccall is try­ing to come to grips with the fact that Hori­zons, the band’s sec­ond al­bum, is a decade old. “we thought this band was go­ing to last five years,” he mar­vels, steam ris­ing off his sweaty, shirt­less torso. “it’s fuck­ing men­tal.”

Though ca­pa­ble of sell­ing out venues five times the size of this 1,500-ca­pac­ity theatre, the idea of the A Decade Of Hori­zons Aus­tralian tour is to per­form the al­bum in the kind of rooms the quin­tet were play­ing when it was re­leased.

Odds are that Syd­ney sup­port act Polaris were too young to at­tend any of those shows, but it’s clear they’ve learned a thing or two from the Park­way play­book, while also nod­ding in the di­rec­tion of Meshug­gah and The Amity Af­flic­tion. a vi­cious cir­cle pit dur­ing Ca­su­alty sug­gests they’re on the right path.

You know the crowd is up for it when the mu­sic be­ing piped through the PA dur­ing the set changeover – in this case Sys­tem Of A Down’s Chop Suey! – causes a wild pit to ex­plode. Not sur­pris­ingly, when Park­way ap­pear and launch into the open­ing salvo of Be­gin and The Siren’s Song, the floor re­sem­bles an ants’ nest that’s been dis­turbed by a swarm of gi­ant riffs.the stage pro­duc­tion has the band performing in front of a semi-cir­cle of five gi­ant, ver­ti­cal screens onto which im­ages are pro­jected, en­gulf­ing the band in a hellish red light dur­ing Dead Man’s Chest, and mak­ing for a seam­lessly im­mer­sive on­stage spec­ta­cle.

While some Hori­zons songs such as Car­rion (tonight, as al­ways, a gi­ant sing-along) have been main­stays of Park­way’s setlist over the past decade, it’s the ones that have been ab­sent for years like Five Months, Break­ing Point (“A bas­tard to re-learn,” laughs Win­ston) and Frost­bite (“We only played this once live and fucked it up re­ally badly!”) that truly make this evening a spe­cial oc­ca­sion. a scat­ter­ing of non-hori­zons songs, like Vice Grip and Crushed from 2015’s Ire al­bum, demon­strate nicely how the band’s song­writ­ing has pro­gressed, but there is some­thing about the vi­o­lent, fren­zied pre­ci­sion of Hori­zons’ Feed Them To The Pigs that is truly vis­ceral.

Many of these songs may once again be con­signed to the re­serve bench come the end of this tour. But the car­nage they elicit tonight sug­gests they’ll never truly die.

The old ‘spiky drum stool’ prank strikes again Win­ston: shorter than you think

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