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Parkway Drive - Killing With A Smile

Matti Frost   (179 reviews)

Posted: 09/11/2006 | Comments: 32 | Rate:

Let me quote and (embellish) the promo sticker on the cover of this CD.

"With a sound that encompasses death riffs (as in the band Death, from whom they shamelessly pillage riffs off of Spiritual Healing), punishing breakdowns (as in, punishing because there's 40,000 of them on this CD and only two are any good), mayhem inducing blast beats (usually among drummers who play blast beats and know CHEAT BLAST when they hear it), and technical precision (which I didn't hear once on the entire CD), Parkway Drive appeal equally to metal fanatics (not bloody likely) and their hardcore siblings (again, not bloody likely)."

You know something is just not so hot if the sticker on the cover tries too hard to sell the band to you. This is pure overproduced garbage that offers no originality whatsoever. The chord progressions are third-gen As I Lay Dying, the riffing is sixth-gen Killswitch Engage. The breakdowns are just retarded and redundant. OK, we get it, you're heavy. As the deuce I held in for two days after I ate a 32-oz steak. Do all bands from Australia arrive a few years late to the party? These guys are to metal what fellow Oz band Silverchair was to grunge. Come on, can we find a shred of originality? Nope, I tried. In the song "It's Hard To Speak Without A Tongue", they rip off an Earth Crisis riff almost note-for-note. Look, I know "Destroy The Machines" is 12 years old and contains awesome riffs, but you're not fooling me, dammit. You might fool 14-year old metalcore kids but not anyone who has listened to metal for more than five years.

The sticker boasts that Adam Dutkiewicz of KSE produced this. Gee, I couldn't tell. Did he write half the album too? The kick drum is completely artificial-sounding, as are all the dead stops. So crisp, so dry, so fake. Everything sounds pro-tooled to death. The vocals are completely forgettable, reminiscent of Arch Enemy but not as interesting, and there's little variety except for a couple of spoken parts here and there.

The only bright spot is the last track, "A Cold Day In Hell", but halfway through it just reverts to boring breakdown, and then a stop, and then a slowed-down version of the boring breakdown. They trot out that tired-ass trick at least six times on the CD. And speaking of the CD, the art concept is absurd. Guy on cover bleeding. Insert- another guy with gun, then two shots of him arguing with girl, then a pic of soon-to-be bleeding guy passing arguing couple. Get it? One guy shot the other one, and as they say on track 4, "Romance Is Dead". Boo-hoo. Done to death a thousand times already.

God-awful, people. I wonder if anyone has the number of the stingray that stuck Steve Irwin in the chest, maybe he could pay this band a little visit.

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Comments
dixie
11,082 Posts
65/M/OH
good review
Distro killa
1,061 Posts
41/M/MA
Poor review

R.I.P - Rick James
56 Posts
18/M/NA
the australian scene has some good music, this just isn't one...
some guy
8,949 Posts
32/M/NA
Originally posted by: HC4EverDistro

Poor review


I have no legs!
88 Posts
30/M/CA
good review.
The Winter's Wrath
7,923 Posts
45/M/PA
A review isn't poor because you disagree with it. Opinions are opinions. I am sure there will be a lot of people who will like this CD, but I just don't like it. There's nothing on this that hasn't been done a thousand times and done better by other bands.
stainin
20,639 Posts
30/M/NA
Not that I've heard it, but it seems like a fairly good review. Definitely well-written. I quite like what I've heard of this band, but I suspect that's because I quite like listening to some BROOTAL M3TALCORE BRAKEDOWNZ!!! every once in a while , and because I've only heard about 3 songs, about twice each, which was pretty much enough.

The song I heard from this album had a pretty damn sweet breakdown in my opinion, but it was on the Terrorizor compilation CD so I'm guessing they chose a track with one of the good breakdowns mentioned.

Americans normally don't use the word bloody. I'm likin' it.
stainin
20,639 Posts
30/M/NA
And that guy from KSE has ruined Shadows Fall from what I've heard of their new stuff.
The Winter's Wrath
7,923 Posts
45/M/PA
I threw the term 'bloody' in there because the band was Australian. The new Shadows Fall production is really bad too.
stainin
20,639 Posts
30/M/NA
They sound like Killswitch Engage.

My friend listens to both Shadows Fall and KSE (well, he used to). I played him a new Shadows Fall song and he pointed out that it sounded like Killswitch, and he had no idea that someone from KSE produced. And he is really bad for being able to tell what band is playing most of the time, even if he really likes the band.
Distro killa
1,061 Posts
41/M/MA
"A review isn't poor because you disagree with it. Opinions are opinions. I am sure there will be a lot of people who will like this CD, but I just don't like it. There's nothing on this that hasn't been done a thousand times and done better by other bands."



It's not that I disagree with you, opinions are exactly that. The problem is that you sound as if you have absolutely no interest in metalcore, so what prompted you to review this? If it was a desire to write a negative review, then you succeeded. My opinion of this band and this CD is irrelevant.
The Winter's Wrath
7,923 Posts
45/M/PA
Uhh, dude, I'm in a metalcore band. I don't mind it when it's done well. To me, this isn't done well. It's overproduced, sophomoric, and unoriginal. It is what it is and it's just not good.

I don't have a desire to write a negative review. I listened to this recording with an open mind. To the very last song, I tried to find something I liked, and there just wasn't much to write home about.

And there is also an annoyance at the trend factor. This album is aimed at a trend. It's so transparent, so insincere, a pathetic and obvious attempt by Epitaph to cash in on a sound that's popular. Just clone KSE, have the guitarist from KSE produce it, and put it out there with a sticker that says "for fans of KSE, Unearth, Bleeding Through, and Throwdown". When record labels do that, I feel as if they're insulting my intelligence. Here's your metal, you stupid fuck, buy what we tell you is cool. Well, not me, because I am immune to that shit, but other people who don't have 25 years of music listening under their belt and 15 playing in the business. On many levels, this CD just annoyed me and I wrote about it. You're acting like I was just waiting for a band to pounce on, and that's not the case. When I read the description I was actually eager to check it out, and I was very disappointed. My review would have been even more scathing had I actually spent money on it.
Distro killa
1,061 Posts
41/M/MA
I agree and disagree with some of what you said. I was plain wrong about the metalcore comment; didn't know you were in a metalcore band, and now I'd like to check them out!



However, the trend factor part you're abit off on. I think you're right about Epitaph trying to cash in, but not in the way you meant. This record was liscensed from the Australian label Resist. The band had an EP under their belt, and had received a lot of sucking off in the states before it was officially released here. Personally, I think they have very little in common with KSE, and if it didn't claim "produced by Adam D. of KSE", less people would comment that way. KSE relies heavily on softer moments with clean vocals. This CD has neither of those.



Anyhow, that's my view. We all got them, right? link to your band man, I'd like to check them out. I got a long time listening to metal under my belt as well. I got the 6th grade "graduation" photo to prove it!

stainin
20,639 Posts
30/M/NA
I think they're better than KSE, just not very original.

I know that about 2 years ago I'd have loved this (for unoriginal metalcore, what I've heard is above average from these guys), but now I know that I will just get bored.
var är mitt hem
29,549 Posts
34/M/PA
i just saw this band in sweden. probably the corniest band ever. i'm ashamed of the motherland

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