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5.0 out of 5 stars More brilliant heavy music from Parkway Drive!, 16 Feb 2013
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Ben (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Atlas (Audio CD)
I've liked parkway drive for about two years, I used to listen to various tracks from the first three albums. They started out extremely vicious and heavy but with each album the songs became a lot more refined and slowed down a little bit which I felt was a good thing!

THE CD

This new album atlas is fantastic here's why...

In a nutshell, the heavy breakdowns are back of course & very energetic but in no way overused in the songs like most bands of a similar nature nowadays (looks like this band won't be signing to Rise Records anytime soon) ;) The beautiful guitar solo & leads are back in full glory & you will find yourself being absorbed by the melodies and riffs. The vocals are Still very very loud and aggressive!

THE DVD

The DVD has a movie on called home is for the heartless & it basically follows the band around various tours & the things they get upto inbetween the live shows. It's really good to watch they seem like the nicest most genuine guys ever!

It also has various songs from three live shows on, the sound quality is fantastic and the sets have been pro shot on high quality camera. The sets are not entire but they've selected various songs from their discography meaning you wont hear and see the same song twice. The shows were Byron bay school in Australia, Sonisphere Festival 2011 & A small venue show in Columbia!

If you're a parkway drive fan you'll love it, if you're not a parkway drive fan this could be the perfect chance to get into them!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heavy and Aggressive as can be, a little bit ..., 10 July 2014
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Heavy and Aggressive as can be, a little bit generic, but it won't fail to pump you up and make you want to punch a wall
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brought as present, was much loved! Top too big though, 28 Aug 2013
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When I brought it they only offered large tops that I could find, and so I didn't buy it for the top but for the DVD and CD. Would have been perfect if I found a version with a smaller top!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as horizons but still a decent album, 1 July 2013
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for anyone into parkway drive this is perfect, a step uf from deep blue but still not quite as good as the earlier albums to be anyway
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great work, 10 April 2013
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Whole album keeps high quality, it also has some really amazing songs, like The Slow Surrender or The River. It's not masterpiece, but it's definitely worth listening.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Parkway Drive - Atlas, 29 Oct 2012
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Gentlegiantprog "Kingcrimsonprog" (England) - See all my reviews
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Parkway Drive are an Australian Metalcore band (who call themselves a Hardcore Band) from the beautiful Byron Bay area, notable for their unconventionally interesting travelogue-esque documentary releases. 2012's Atlas is their fourth full-length studio album. It was produced by Matt Hyde and released on Epitah Records.

If you aren't familiar with the band they may initially appear to lack a clear identifying hook or quirk to differentiate themselves from all the other Metalcore bands out there. If you only heard six seconds of music for example you may not be instantly able to tell that its specifically Parkway Drive and not someone else. If you hear an entire song or album however it will probably become clear that Parkway Drive's real selling point however is that they simply do it so very, very well.

Besides a signature standard of quality, the band have always had a signature sound that they largely stick within (much like AC/DC, Slayer, Hatebreed or Killswitch Engange do) and like all of their albums before, the majority of the music on Atlas is no grand departure from the type of music that you would expect the band to play.

The band evolve slowly from album to album, as opposed to suddenly being a Jazz band on one album and then playing a mixture of Country Music and Black Metal on the next. The good thing about this is that if you like what they do, you get more of it. The bad thing is that if you are sick of it, you get more of it, and it'll take a few albums until the sound has evolved enough to be considered notably different.

Whether you view it as staying true to their core ideals or a lack of variety will ultimately depend on you. Personally, I'm happy with the band's ratio of evolution and stylistic-stability. On this album, tracks like `Swing,' `Dark Days' and `Sleight Of Hand' are all examples of exactly what Parkway Drive do best and any one of them would serve as a fine introduction to the band for a newcomer or reaffirmation for an existing fan.

The same syncopated double-kicks are there, the same breaks of effects-laden clean guitar are there, the same mix of shouts and death vocals (and notable absence of commercial sounding radio-friendly clean choruses) from frontman Winston McCall are there and the same crunchy, low-pitched rhythmic breakdowns are there as always. There are also some sections of gang-chanting backing vocals here and there and intermittent touches of lead guitar and a small amount of blast beats as usual.

Within that familiar sound however; Atlas can still provide a few surprises, most notably on the Title Track which features a string section, on `The River' which has female vocals briefly and on `The Slow Surrender' which is uncharacteristically structured, comparatively slow and features turntable scratching.

Some fans may reject the additions or cry sell out, but at the end of the day as long as you are a Parkway Drive fan to begin with, all that should matter is whether or not the songs are any good, and luckily they are good. Very good indeed.

There are some seriously great riffs, memorable vocal patterns, fun tom-rolls and catchy breakdowns on this album and practically no song is devoid of something to make you grin, filled as they are with little touches like hitting the bell on the ride at a certain point or ending a riff with a vibrato. The sort of thing that you pick up on with repeat listens and grow to love.

Overall; As long as you like the band to begin with and haven't got tired their formula yet then you'll probably love Atlas. It is a well constructed, excellently produced collection of yet more Parkway Drive songs to enjoy. There may be some debate within the fanbase as to exactly where this ranks against other Parkway Drive albums but regardless of the outcome of that debate, it is still undoubtedly a very good album that you should absolutely consider adding to your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars whoo hoo, 4 Jan 2013
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what an album,didnt think much of deep blue album but this is good in my eye...heavy and many riffs to keep you listening and gets better every time i listen to it
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good album, 31 Dec 2012
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i was very impressed with this album, its good to hear how parkway drive's sound has progressed. not too keen on some of the experimental songs but most songs are awesome. buy this album if you like them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars atlas review, 25 Dec 2012
great album. probably the best one so far. a mix of slow and really fast songs one after the other. excellent
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great!, 24 Nov 2012
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I really enjoyed it and seeing them live soon after buying it really made me listen to it more. Horizons is still a very tough album to beat. but i do love Deep Blue as well as this.
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