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This review is from: Horizons (Audio CD)
Horizons is an absolutely fantastic album from Australian metalcore band Parkway Drive. Opening with the beautiful building 'Begin,' straight into the balls out 'The Siren's Song,' the album grabs you right from the get go and never wavers or falters once from beginning to end. Parkway Drive are extremely consistent, extremely talented and have found a way to have a unique identity in a saturated market place. What they do is not groundbreaking but how well they do it is reason for celebration, if you have any interest in this genre then Parkway Drive are a band you should give serious consideration to.
Singer Winston McCall has a pretty great voice and attitude, he has an array of shouts and screams that range from mild shouting to full on gutteral Death vocals but he never brakes out into the full on shimmering radio choruses that put many fans off from this type of band.
If you like some of the advances in Metal in the last decade or so, but couldn't get past the big choruses then Parkway may be your perfect gateway band.
For everyone else, you'll know what to expect; musical hooks, catchy riffs, then heavy breakdowns, a lot of double kick drumming and guitar solos that are musical rather than blistering and jagged.
One area that sets Parkway apart is the guitars, which are often complicated and virtuosic enough during the main body of the song to sound like guitar solos, some of the things they come out with are just plain impressive.
The production from Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz is top notch, the man just has an ear for how this music should sound, much the same as Scott Burns had for early nineties Death Metal.
To summarise, Horizons is a fantastic Parkway Drive album and Parkway Drive are a fantastic band that you really ought to check out.