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:
New #ParkwayDrive album comes out tonight and it BETTER not suck
— Jason (@ItMeJason) May 3, 2018
Anyway, on with the verdicts.
Very different to their older stuff. Won’t be for everyone but personally I think it’s great
— Reece☠ (@ReeceOx4) May 3, 2018
@outerheaven___ Parkway Drive’s Reverence is an absolutely ball-tearing release from a band that has not relied on being formulaic, but grown, evolved and matured into a genuine juggernaut of rock.
— Collision Course (@collisionpr) May 3, 2018
— blackcrusade89 🔻 (@BlackCrusade) May 3, 2018
— Johnny H (@Bandido66) May 3, 2018
I have to include the following tweet simply because “JackSparrow Core” needs to be a permanent thing:
— Callum (@CalFish_) April 25, 2018
@outerheaven___ new PWD IS JUST ire 2.0, more of the same imo. Anthem rock/metal. Not really my jam.
— Col B Cadell (@ColBCadell) May 3, 2018
#ParkwayDrive #Reverence there was once a metal/hardcore band called Atreyu on Victory Records who then wanted to rock and play huge metal shows and then made shit watered-down radio metal albums until they broke up. that is this band now. whispers. ballads. shit metal. 1/5 stars
— Music Edge (@MusicxEdge) May 3, 2018
Bit of shade thrown at Atreyu there that I do not appreciate.
It was with great sadness I announce the reign of Parkway Drive ad hardcore kings is over. We’ll always have Killing With A Smile and Horizons at least
— Edwin Smith (@edwin_smith1) May 3, 2018
Listening to the new Parkway Drive album and it’s a patchy affair on first listen. That makes me so sad I wish the guitars had more bite. Don’t get me wrong there is moments on here which is really strong but yeah disappointed doesn’t really cover it.
— Matt B. (@enter_matt) May 3, 2018
Parkway Drive tricked us all with Wishing Wells being an absolute banger because the rest of the new album is hugely disappointing
— Jack Adsett (@JackAdsett95) May 3, 2018
Others are more on the fence, joining me in being unsure of our feelings.
Really anxious about listening to new Parkway Drive album in full. Going in open minded 😬😬
— Amanda (@MegShutUp_) May 3, 2018
I really just don’t know what to say about it.
— Nathan Greinke (@drinkie_) May 3, 2018
Don’t know what to make of Reverence by #ParkwayDrive. I see a lot of hate for it and rightly so because the singles suck balls but I cannot hate on one of my favourite bands no matter what. Shadow Boxing, I Hope You Rot, Chronos, Absolute Power are amazing, album art is epic
— Lewis Valva (@str8edgelewis) May 3, 2018
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:
@outerheaven___ Of all the albums that I haven’t listened to yet because I’m afraid of how bad it will be, it sure is one of them
— Exoskeleton Key (@GiaccAttack) May 3, 2018
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