Australia's masters of metal-core Parkway Drive are set to cement their reputation as one of the most dominant exponents of heavy hardcore on the planet with their spellbinding third album, Deep Blue, which is ready for release on June 29 via Epitaph Records. Check out the album's trailer which features new music from Deep Blue href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taI-ALfIIqE">here>.
The hotly anticipated follow-up to 2007's Horizons, Deep Blue raises the bar in every conceivable way. While maintaining the band's uncompromising metallic-hardcore style at its core, it pushes into exciting new realms, drawing from a wider scope of influence, incorporating everything from anthemic pop-punk to bloodcurdling death metal.
With improved musical abilities and a thoroughly inspired approach to songwriting, Parkway Drive has tied the music and lyrics together into one all-encompassing concept.
"It's basically about the search for truth in a world that seems to be devoid of that," says vocalist and lyricist Winston McCall, explaining the narrative running through Deep Blue. "The story is told through the eyes of a man who wakes up and realizes that his life is a lie and nothing he believes in is real. So he tries to find the truth within himself and his journey takes him to the bottom of the ocean and back again."
Having recorded their first two albums with Adam Dutkiewicz of Killswitch Engage, Deep Blue was tracked and mixed in Los Angeles, CA by Joe Barresi (Queens Of The Stone Age, Bad Religion, Tool), and mastered by legendary mastering engineer Brian Gardner.
Crisp, unprocessed and impossibly heavy, the production on Deep Blue brings out every nuance of Parkway Drive's freshly re-focused sound.
"It's definitely the Parkway record I'm most proud of," claims Winston. "We felt like were in the deep-end recording with someone new, so to have it come out exactly how we wanted it, and pretty much exceed our expectations, is a big ask, but that's exactly what Joe did for us."
With 13 tracks in all, standouts include "Sleepwalker," "Deliver Me" and "Unrest." Bad Religion guitarist and Epitaph Records owner Brett Gurewitz makes a guest vocal appearance on "Home is for the Heartless," which brings epic punk rock choruses and crazed metallic finger-tapping guitar work into the established Parkway paradigm.
"We figure that song is going to be the most polarizing thing we've ever written," Winston says. "People are either going to like it or they are going to hate it. I think it worked. That's one of my favorite songs on the record!"
Already one of the most anticipated heavy releases of the year, Deep Blue represents an exciting new chapter in the story of Australia's most successful hardcore band.
Check out Parkway Drive all summer long on the Vans Warped Tour!
Deep Blue Track Listing:
1. Samsara - 1:46
2. Unrest - 2:19
3. Sleepwalker - 4:01
4. Wreckage - 3:21
5. Deadweight - 3:47
6. Alone - 4:40
7. Pressures - 3:23
8. Deliver Me - 4:14
9. Karma - 3:49
10. Home Is For The Heartless - 4:08
11. Hollow - 3:01
12. Leviathan I - 3:50
13. Set To Destroy - 1:41
Parkway Drive North American Tour Dates:
Jun 25 - Carson, CA - Home Depot Center (Warped Tour)
Jun 26 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre (Warped Tour)
Jun 27 - Ventura, CA - Seaside Park (Warped Tour)
Jun 29 - Phoenix, AZ - Cricket Pavilion (Warped Tour)
Jun 30 - Las Cruces, NM - N.M.S.U. Practice Field (Warped Tour)
Jul 1 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center (Warped Tour)
July 2 - Houston, TX - The Showgrounds (Warped Tour)
July 3 - Dallas, TX - Superpages.com Center (Warped Tour)
July 5 - St. Louis, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater (Warped Tour)
July 6 - Indianapolis, IN - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (Warped Tour)
July 7 - Burgettstown, PA - Post Gazette Pavillion (Warped Tour)
July 8 - Cleveland, OH - Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre (Warped Tour)
July 9 - Toronto, ON - Arrow Hall (Warped Tour)
July 10 - Montreal, QC - Parc Jean Drapeau (Warped Tour)
July 11 - Hartford, CT - Comcast Theater (Warped Tour)
July 13 - Mansfield, MA - Comcast Center (Warped Tour)
July 14 - Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake P.A.C. (Warped Tour)
July 15 - Scranton, PA - Toyota Pavilion (Warped Tour)
July 16 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center (Warped Tour)
July 17 - Uniondale, NY - Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum (Warped Tour)
July 18 - Oceanport, NJ - Monmouth Park Racetrack (Warped Tour)
July 20 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion (Warped Tour)
July 21 - Virginia Beach, VA - Virginia Beach Amphitheatre (Warped Tour)
July 22 - Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Charlotte (Warped Tour)
July 23 - St. Petersburg, FL - Vinoy Park (Warped Tour)
July 24 - West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheater (Warped Tour)
July 25 - Orlando, FL - Central Florida Fairgrounds (Warped Tour)
July 26 - Atlanta, GA - Lakewood Amphitheater (Warped Tour)
July 28 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center (Warped Tour)
July 29 - Milwaukee, WI - Marcus Amphitheater (Warped Tour)
July 30 - Detroit, MI - Comerica Park (Warped Tour)
July 31 - Tinley Park, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre (Warped Tour)
Aug 1 - Shakopee, MI - Canterbury Park (Warped Tour)
Aug 2 - Bonner Springs, KS - Sandstone Amphitheatre (Warped Tour)
Aug 5 - Edmonton, AB - Northlands Grounds (Warped Tour)
Aug 7 - Salt Lake City, UT - Utah State Fairgrounds (Warped Tour)
Aug 8 - Denver, CO - Invesco Field (Warped Tour)
Aug 11 - Pomona, CA - Pomona Fairplex (Warped Tour)
Aug 12 - Marysville, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre (Warped Tour)
Aug 13 - Nampa, ID - Idaho Center Amphitheatre (Warped Tour)
Aug 14 - George, WA - Gorge Amphitheater (Warped Tour)
Aug 15 - Hillsboro, OR - Washington County Fairgrounds (Warped Tour)