IRE is Parkway Drive’s latest offering and certainly brings the noise, it’s a massive album showcasing why they are the kings of Metalcore in Australia and can hold their own around the world. While also branching out in favour of a more Heavy Metal influence.
It’s been 3 years between albums but the 5 lads from Byron Bay have always taken their time and it really shows as they continue to grow as a band. While the Metalcore sound is still there it’s a bit more refined, a lot heavier, and almost 80’s like.
'Vice Grip' was the first single back on the 8th of June to be released off the album to whet the appetites of fans around the world and was quite well received and it’s not hard to see why, with a good solid intro and great guitar riffs.
'Crushed' was next out of the blocks on the 24th of August and showed a bit of a change up with an almost Funk note in the background but still leading with a Heavy Metal sound, thought provoking lyrics and again with amazing riffs and matching pounding drums.
Once the album dropped on the 25th of September it proved to be more than just the 3 singles released in the build up. 'Writings on the Wall' is just an amazing piece of art, with its haunting spoken word lyrics and matching classical instrumentation the song leaves a lasting impression.
'Bottom Feeder' is the pure indulgent headbanging classic in the making with its quick and sharp riffs, almost clinical drumming and the final 40 seconds is just made to move your head. 'A Deathless Song' is the perfect end to a brilliant album, it slows right down and holds you right till the end showcasing yet another side to Parkway Drive’s repertoire.
Before this album I’d heard of the band Parkway Drive and might have listened to a song or two but I never considered myself a fan, this album has changed that. I’ll be going through their back catalogue and seeing what other pure gold they’ve released over the years.
It’s a shame I won’t be in London when they come over next year otherwise I’d be there rocking out with the faithful. But in the end the band has at least succeeded in converting yet another into their legion of world wide fans.