Australian metalcore giants Parkway Drive are known worldwide for their high octane live performances. In their larger international and festival performances the band makes use of pyrotechnic displays, but in the US due to playing more intimate venues with stricter guidelines on stage production, the band traded in their flames for confetti and compressed air. However the slight change in production took nothing away from the show, as the band themselves are more explosive than any pyrotechnic display you could come up with.
Touring in support of their new album, “IRE” the band opened the show with a bang and a confetti blast during “Destroyer” the lead off track on the new album. Even early on in the show, a quick glance at the look on vocalist Winston McCall’s face made it apparent that the crowd was even more fired up than expected. One of the group’s most popular tracks “Carrion” was played only three songs in, setting a high bar for the energy level on the night.
McCall did an incredible job of firing up the nearly sold out crowd the whole night. During “Vice Grip” another new cut, the crowd surfers were flying over the barrier at a rate that was hard for security to keep up with. The deepest cut on the night was the ten year old “Romance is Dead” from Parkway’s debut album “Killing With a Smile” released in 2005, which won out over “Swing” on audience vote for which song would be played to close the main set.
After a rousing chant for an encore Parkway Drive would return to perform two more songs, “Crushed” from the new album, and “Home is For the Heartless” from their 2010 album “Deep Blue.” Over the course of the set, the band visited each of their 5 albums, with at lease one song from each.
The entire band’s energy was high the whole night, even that of guitarist Jeff Ling who is recovering from surgery and performed the entire show while in a wheelchair. As previously mentioned the band also made use of confetti and O2 in place of their usual pyrotechnics, firing off frequently and creating an amazing atmosphere only adding to the intensity of the band’s live show.