Australian metalcore band Parkway Drive plays at Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg on May 2
From a press release:
Tickets, which are $23 in advance or $27 the day of the show, go on sale this Friday, Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. and will be available through the Sherman Theater box office (524 Main St., Stroudsburg), online at shermantheater.com and ticketfly.com, and all Ticketmaster outlets. VIP boxes and sky boxes are available for this show and include eight tickets (VIP box) or 12 tickets (sky box), a fruit and cheese platter, and waitstaff. To purchase box seats, call the theater at 570-420-2808.
This generation saw the creation of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal, when bands like Killswitch Engage, All That Remains, and As I Lay Dying dominated Ozzfest, Vans Warped Tour, and Rockstar Mayhem with a bold new sound combining the best elements of the New Wave of Swedish Death Metal, traditional heavy metal, and visceral underground hardcore. Australia answered back with Parkway Drive.
Byron Bay’s brightest is now an international force, seizing the worldwide crown through sheer determination, force of will, and undeniable musicality. It’s all courtesy of pulverizing but unforgettably catchy riffs, vocals that connect on levels that are at once urgent and visceral, and a groundswell of support with fans and press that stretches across several continents. Whether headlining Never Say Die in Europe, setting the stage ablaze on Thrash and Burn in the U.S., launching their own Mix N’ Mash in Australia, or stealing the show at festivals ranging from Download to Sonisphere, Parkway Drive has earned a reputation as one of the most vitally important bands of the modern metal age.
New Musical Express, Alternative Press, Metal Hammer, and countless other publications have recognized what the worldwide underground has long known – Parkway Drive has perfected the special blend of heavy histrionics and crowd-participation-inducing connectivity so many bands aspire toward yet too few achieve.
“Killing with a Smile” grabbed the attention of the group’s peers in North America and Europe in 2005 even as it catapulted Parkway Drive to be the standard bearers of metalcore in their native Australia. By the time “Horizons” arrived two years later, Parkway had gone from being a “band’s band” outside their home territory to a force to be reckoned with alongside the genre’s biggest stars. Nonstop touring and the continued development of one of the rare groups whose lineup has defied genre convention by barely ever fracturing resulted in 2010’s “Deep Blue,” which cracked the Top 40 in America and debuted at No. 2 in Australia, where it eventually went gold and won an ARIA award.
In a 2010 cover story, metal tastemaker Kerrang! declared Parkway Drive “The Band You Need To Hear Right Now,” going on to write, “Want one band to get excited about and believe in? It’s time to get acquainted with the Aussie metalcore mob Parkway Drive.”
Throughout their career, Parkway Drive has worked with the best and brightest producers in the field, including Killswitch guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz (Underoath, Shadows Fall, Unearth) and Joe Baressi (Tool, Coheed and Cambria, Bad Religion). For their 2012 album “Atlas,” the band convened in Los Angeles with Matt Hyde (Slayer, Children Of Bodom, Hatebreed) to craft their most defining work, assembling the most important components of what’s come before with brand new elements and flavor.
On “Atlas,” Parkway Drive achieved an improbable victory that so often eludes bands – they’ve retained the classic elements of their sound while broadening their horizons with new textures and dynamics. Parkway Drive has managed to avoid being stale, to evolve, without compromising their identity. They have figured out a way to stay true to both their own creative muses and the expectations of their most loyal fans simultaneously. It’s a feat to be admired by all comers.
Parkway Drive, whose latest album “Ire” reached No. 1 on Billboard Hard Rock Albums chart as well as the Australian Albums chart in 2015, is armed with some of the most upfront and confrontational metalcore material the world has ever known, balanced with jaw-dropping turns into lush terrain even as they are constantly solidifying their hard-won position as leaders in the field. Always hungry, always filled with ambition, Parkway Drive is embraced by heavy music enthusiasts in places as diverse as China and India, as chronicled on their gold-selling DVD “Home is for the Heartless.”
Across all five albums and year-round onstage, to their supportive fans worldwide, Parkway Drive is passion personified.
This post was compiled by the staff of NEPA Scene.