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Parkway Drive, August Burns Red, and Devil Wears Prada bring metalcore to Bethlehem on Sept. 15

Parkway Drive, August Burns Red, and Devil Wears Prada bring metalcore to Bethlehem on Sept. 15
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From a press release:

Australian rockers Parkway Drive recently announced the Reverence North American Tour with fellow metalcore bands August Burns Red, The Devil Wears Prada, and Polaris, and today the Sands Bethlehem Event Center was added to that run, stopping at the Bethlehem venue on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m.

Tickets, which are $32.50, plus applicable fees, are on sale now and can be purchased at, the Event Center box office (77 Sands Blvd., Bethlehem), and all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at 800-745-3000. A special “Buy Three, Get One Free” is available via Ticketmaster.

Parkway Drive formed in 2003 in Byron Bay, New South Wales. As of 2018, Parkway Drive has released six full-length albums (“Killing with a Smile,” “Horizons,” “Deep Blue,” “Atlas,” “Ire,” and “Reverence”), one EP, two DVDs, a split album, and one book, titled “Ten Years of Parkway Drive.” The band’s latest four albums have reached the Top 10 of the Australian ARIA Charts, with “Ire” reaching No. 1 in October of 2015. They have sold over 238,000 records as of April 2018.

Every time August Burns Red records an album, the Grammy Award-nominated Lancaster quintet – John “JB” Brubaker (lead guitar), Brent Rambler (rhythm guitar), Matt Greiner (drums), Jake Luhrs (lead vocals), and Dustin Davidson (bass) – push themselves harder, raze expectations, and reach a new level. It’s why they’ve become a heavy music torchbearer. In 2015, “Found in Far Away Places” marked their second consecutive Top 10 debut on the Billboard Top 200. The single “Identity” notched a Grammy Award nod in the category of Best Metal Performance. A streaming juggernaut, both “Identity” and “Ghosts” (featuring Jeremy McKinnon) crossed the three-million mark on Spotify.

When it came time to record their eighth full-length, “Phantom Anthem,” the game didn’t change. August Burns Red put their heads down and rallied around the same shared goal, upping the ante across the board. The musical equivalent of a clenched fist haymaker, the grooves hit harder, the hooks blaze brighter, and the instrumentation ignites even more intricacy as evidenced by lead singles “Invisible Enemy” and “The Frost.”

The Devil Wears Prada is the musical embodiment of a generational shift. Built on a diverse array of heavy, dark, melodic, and genre-defying music, hardened and sharpened by putting in road work together since the days when they had to skip class to tour, The Devil Wears Prada is at the forefront of a movement that bridges the gap between Rockstar Mayhem and the Vans Warped Tour. The Devil Wears Prada are unwavering in their commitment to each other, their fans, their art, their higher calling toward truth, and to their desire to engage. The emotion remains sincere, the musicianship supreme.

Polaris entered 2018 with the Australian metalcore torch held high in their hands. One of 2017’s most anticipated heavy releases, Polaris’ debut LP “The Moral Coil” stunned audiences and critics upon its release in November, hitting No. 6 on the ARIA Album Charts, scoring a Triple J Feature Album, and taking out the fan-voted Album of the Year, surpassing the already high expectations around the band set by 2016 EP “The Guilt & the Grief” and its impressive touring cycle, which saw Polaris gain a reputation as one of Australia’s most invigorating live heavy acts.