If you are a Parkway Drive fan then this is definitely going to be of some interest to you, a disc that contains the excellent 2004 EP 'Don't Close Your Eyes,' in addition to their tacks from the harder to get a hold of I Killed The Prom Queen Split CD, 'What We've Built,' Split EP with Shoot To Kill & Think Straight, then finally the track "Hopeless" from a compilation album.
Don't be put off by the idea that the songs are from before the band broke through though, as the quality of music is very high all around and much of the material remains in the bands live show to this day.
The sound is not as refined as on the band's later albums like Horizons or Deep Blue, but the style is one hundred percent there already, everything that you like about Parkway Drive is present and correct on this handy collection, giving you exactly what you want... more heavy, breakdown centric music topped off with Winston's distinct voice.
Standout moments include an early version of "Smoke 'Em If Ya Got 'Em," the very harsh "Swallowing Razorblades," and certainly the title track.
To summarize; if you like Parkway Drive and are looking for more, this is a great purchase.
on 9 June 2008
This CD epitomises everything i love about the hardcore genre;
pounding drums, epic breakdowns and melodies which perfectly compliment the honest sound conveyed by Australian hardcore outfit.
This is not even an album, more a selection of songs from their earliest works and eps, but each track offers its own sound. This is unlike the early work of many other hardcore bands who usually produce a collection of montonous tracks which seem to blurr into a single flurry of drums and growls.
'Smoke Em If You Got Em', 'Flesh, Bone and Weakness' and the EP entitled 'Don't Close Your Eyes' are the highlights of this CD; and i know it seems strange to offer such praise to the bands earliest music but i think this is an incredible example of the hardcore genre in its rawest form.