Seven years ago today, IBM’s chess-playing supercomputer Deep Blue defeated the then-world champion chess grandmaster Gary Kasparov in a series of six games. If we put on our tinfoil conspiracy-theorist hats, then this was the day that the slow and eventual machine takeover of humanity really begun. With that in mind, we’re taking a break from building our survival anti-Skynet bunker to put together this week’s Slaylist of future-fearing machine-war heavy metal.
Parkway Drive is an Australian melodic metalcore band.
The band formed in the summer of 2003, their name coming from the street they used to practice on in their home town of Byron Bay, Australia. Not long after they had formed, they released a split EP with Adelaide band I Killed The Prom Queen. Later that year, the band also made an appearance on the Byron Bay Hardcore compilation What We've Built, preceded by their debut EP, Don't Close Your Eyes. Read more on Last.fm
Parkway Drive on Thrash Hits
January 26th, 2014
Today (January 26) is Australia Day. According to Wikipedia, it “marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Sydney Cove, New South Wales, and raising of the Flag of Great Britain at that site by Governor Arthur Phillip”. In the UK, this means loads of pubs put on extra drink offers on crappy lager in order to entice the nearby Australian ex-pat community into the pub. At Thrash Hits, it represents something we can hang a themed Sunday Spotify Slaylist off.
November 27th, 2013
After he returned from his weekend at the UK’s version of Warped Tour, Gavin Lloyd requested special dispensation to write a 1400-word missive on his experience at Ally Pally with a few thousand other grebos. If you’re an emo, feel free to call this longform journalism. If you’re not… go and read a real website.
As a teenager I spent many summers flicking through music magazines in awe of the Warped Tour. It was always a dream of mine to head over to the States and take in this travelling punk rock circus in person. Alas, I never actually got to go and I watched as the Warped Tour evolved into something of a mismatched monster. While they’d still invite the likes of The Bouncing Souls along out of what I guess is a sense of respect, things were different. The internet gave birth to ‘crunkcore’ bands being booked and isanyoneup.com getting stalls in the merch village. Still, it’s not all bad, Katy Perry played one year. With that in mind, I welcomed the fact that Warped now comes to the UK’s shores and headed along to Alexandra Palace to check it out, obviously disappointed Katy Perry wasn’t present.
January 16th, 2013
Opinions? Too early in the morning for that. Just a list of bands after the jump.
October 30th, 2012
29 October 2012
by David Keevill
The progression in sound from last year’s Deep Blue to Atlas does not come at the expense of Parkway Drive’s core sound, but it is a noticeable departure from the sort of relentless fare that they’ve wielded in the past. What’s more, the endless parade of tracks that erupted from the bowels of Deep Blue has given way to a far more coherent and singular beast. Edges are still razor sharp, as the likes of ‘Old Ghosts/New Regrets’ and ‘Swing’ prove with riffs teetering on the edge of angular technicality and still retaining the band’s gargantuan rhythmic bounce, but that’s not all.
July 27th, 2011
Is there anything better than a Thrash Hits Festival Splash Page? Yeah, loads of things but you won’t find the best online festival coverage on any of them. You’ll find that right here.
All our work from Sonisphere Festival 2011 is going be linked to from this page (eventually), so give it a bookmark or just don’t close it, because it’s all you’re going to need. Individual band coverage (interviews, photos, setlists and some tiny reviews), rumours, drinking games, stage times, dodgy photos of as many sexy ladies in various states of safe-for-work undress as we can legitimately get away with? It’s all here.
July 16th, 2011
You might not see a life-changing performance when you see Parkway Drive play live, but you’ll always get a dependable performance from Australia’s leading metalcore export. And we don’t mean that as an insult – even with an injured guitarist in a wheelchair, these boys can’t slow down.
Live & Photos: Bring Me The Horizon, Parkway Drive, Architects + The Devil Wears Prada @ London Brixton Academy – 30 April 2011
May 6th, 2011
When people look back on the package tours of 2011, it’s almost guaranteed that this is one that will sit among the very top of them. The ingenious booking of four different sounding bands that are all pushing boundaries within the same scene resulted in at least half the tour selling out. With queues snaking around Brixton and fans racing to get to the front barrier, it’s obvious that this is a crowd that are here for it all. We thought we’d head down and act well ‘ard in the pit while we had the chance.
July 9th, 2010
29 June 2010
by Tomas Doyle
Lets talk about MUSIC. Lets talk about SOUND. Lets talk about NOISE. Lets talk about the fucking KICK DRUM on Parkway Drive‘s Deep Blue. When Ben Gordon plays with his feet on this album, it feels like your head is about to get snapped off your neck, it’s insane and ruddy glorious.