"Reverence is beautifully constructed and quite clearly a labour of love and features a lot more clean vocals than any other record, but don’t worry, the deep growls are still there."
Even though Parkway Drive never left the scene, I still feel the need to say: they’re back better than ever and prove why they are the Australian kings of Metalcore, despite the fact Winston McCall claims they have outgrown the genre. But after listening to Reverence for a week I have to disagree. Why you ask? Read on and find out...
For people who haven’t heard the album yet, fear not, they haven’t done a Bring Me The Horizon or Linkin Park and gone fully commercial. They’ve, as I love to say at the moment, evolved their sound but are still deeply rooted in the Metalcore scene. I even heard someone say they are more radio friendly now, but besides Triple J in Oz and Kerrang! here in the Uk I can’t see them being played on much else.
Which is a massive shame as Reverence is some of the band’s best work. Lead singles ‘Wishing Wells’ ‘The Void’ and ‘Prey’ clearly highlight this and bring the awesome sound that Parkway always bring. Those three aren't the only songs worth listening to on Reverence, the whole album is beautifully constructed and quite clearly a labour of love and features a lot more clean vocals than any other record they've released so far, but don’t worry, the deep growls we love so much are still there.
Pleasing all the fans at once is next to impossible, someone, somewhere will always bitch and moan about some little thing, but there should be next to none when it comes to Reverence, the sixth album these musical kings from Byron Bay have crafted.
Personally I think Ire is the better release, but not by much. There is a lot of talent here and Parkway Drive's careers will continue to soar.
Written by Aussie Dan in London.