Opinions are divided on the new Parkway Drive album “Reverence”


They’re Australia’s victory song. Our national metal pride. They sell out shows all over the world, and when they grace our venues here at home the masses flock to see our heroes riff our faces off. Parkway Drive are a unifying force in Australian metalcore… and they just dropped their most divisive record yet.

I took to Twitter to gauge the response to “Reverence”, and what I’ve found is a community divided. One side cannot praise the evolution of their sound enough, while the other longs for the sounds of “Horizons”, “Killing With a Smile”, and “Deep Blue”.

Before we begin, we have Jason here saying what everyone is thinking:

Anyway, on with the verdicts. 

The Good

I have to include the following tweet simply because “JackSparrow Core” needs to be a permanent thing:

The Bad

Bit of shade thrown at Atreyu there that I do not appreciate.

Others are more on the fence, joining me in being unsure of our feelings.

The Unsure

Yes, balls. He said balls.

What do I think?

I find myself between a rock and a hard place. On one hand, I can’t help but bang my head along with some of the massive choruses on the album: ‘Prey’, ‘Wishing Wells’, & ‘Chronos’ are all mosh-inducing belters. The other hand, however, can’t get passed the weird spoken word effects Winnie is going for, or the (dare I say) bad clean vocals on certain tracks. I don’t hate it, I don’t love it. Metaphorically, I am planted uncomfortable in the middle of the fence, and am apprehensive about what direction I’ll fall with further listening. I can see the argument from both sides, but I don’t see “Reverence” entering my main rotation any time soon.

All in all, we should all be more like this guy:

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Nathaniel Patterson

Editor-in-Chief at Rock Nation. Likes video games too much.

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