Parkway Drive - Killing With a Smile (Cover Artwork)

Parkway Drive

Parkway Drive: Killing With a SmileKilling With a Smile (2006)

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Contributed by: Matt_WhelihanMatt Whelihan
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Apparently Parkway Drive didn't get the memo that metalcore was on its last leg. Instead, they've proceeded to create an album of generic psuedo-metal riffs, double bass beats, and Cookie Monster vocals. Like breakdowns? They've got them. Like finger-tapping and chugga chugga parts? Yeah, they've go.
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Apparently Parkway Drive didn't get the memo that metalcore was on its last leg. Instead, they've proceeded to create an album of generic psuedo-metal riffs, double bass beats, and Cookie Monster vocals. Like breakdowns? They've got them. Like finger-tapping and chugga chugga parts? Yeah, they've got those too. I could just make this easy and describe them as "brutal," the quintessential adjective used in conjunction with this type of band, but this is not brutal, this is simply a band going through the motions. Parkway Drive scored a copy of the metalcore handbook (shit must be on its 10th printing by now) and, like countless bands before them, simply followed it step by step.

At times I thought the album might have been a joke (see band name and record title), a group exploiting the pitiful idiosyncrasies and trappings of an oversaturated genre, but sadly Parkway Drive is not laughing. Instead they are spouting misogyny and hyperbolic drivel at every turn. Just check out the pathetic "She said goodbye / So cry me a fucking river, bitch / you wouldn't know love if it crushed your fucking chest," from the wonderfully titled "Romance Is Dead," or the typical "If looks could kill, you'd be a fucking shotgun against my head so fucking cold / Picture perfect and pathetic / I would so love to hang you / You're like a shotgun baby, pointed at my head / And those lips are suicide, but I just want to see you dead" from "Picture Perfect, Pathetic."

Even the artwork for Killing With a Smile could serve as an archetype for metalcore bands. See that dead guy on the cover? Wondering how he ended up in that alley? Well, you are in luck cause the mystery is solved via liner notes. Photograph one shows a couple walking hand in hand while the female from said couple smiles at a passerby who just happens to be the man that adorns the cover. Meanwhile, her boyfriend scowls in disapproval. Photograph two and three show the angered boyfriend with his girlfriend pressed up against a wall while he screams into her upset face. Photograph four shows the pissed boyfriend (who, by the way, is wearing a sweet pair of ripped jeans) removing a gun from his pants, and well if you can't figure out what happens next, then you might be stupid enough to actually like this album.

The fact that labels are still signing bands of this style, especially ones that don't possess even a hint of innovation is just frustrating. Killing With a Smile is a mindless affair that is unable to avoid any of metalcore's pitfalls. Parkway Drive could have created a picture of metalcore as they see it, but instead they were content to trace the works of those who came before.


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meitang (October 25, 2010)

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leonidas (February 9, 2009)

Parkway Drive is one of the few bands where I actually like the breakdowns they do. "Gimme A D" is a really good song.

DrBino (January 9, 2008)

Americarules, you are a fuckin dickhead. Stay in your sheltered country you peice of shit, the rest of the world doesnt want you.

Donkeykongjr (September 9, 2007)


This penis is the reason this music sucks

Adelaide_618 (January 4, 2007)

seriously only reason i signed up is beacuse i got half way through reading peoples reviews n ur all full of shit....

parkway drive are just a 3 year old band who have releasesd an ep, ep split with prom queen and 2 full length albums, theres something for every kid, simple vocals, melodic, brutal breakdowns n who ever said there like agust burns red has a cock up there ass!!!

i used to go to shows wen they were just another band rocken up to a gig n the progression they have made in such little time, u take the time to go and see 1 of there gigs u dicks n i gurantee u wouldnt say the shit u have said... they produce something for every1, emo kids, long haird metal cunts, straight edge kids, average ppl know who parkway are and love this band.. there 1 of those bands who will keep there brutal sounds and punishing lyrics and wont sell out... jus fucken hope u haters fucken dont get in the way!

n this little dumb little fuck who said atreyu more metal pfffft ur jus a little sucker for pussy lyrics n poofy riffs..

so show some fucking respect and support coz there doing this for us just as much as them selves n if u dont like it go put on ur 50cent cd n keep ur mouth shut coz if u got ur arms crossed at a parkway show u better watch out coz youll get a kick to the face standing on the edge of the pit.

Anonymous (November 17, 2006)

you should review it for its musical content not its origionality
yeh we all no metalcore is nothing new but then bands like bleeding through and killswitch engage are still producing great music

crazytoledo (November 2, 2006)

Posted by COLONquesadilla on 2006-09-23 23:47:44

Parkway Drive is metalcore.

Metal riffing Hardcore Breakdowns = Metalcore

crazytoledo (November 2, 2006)

She said goodbye / So cry me a fucking river, bitch / you wouldnā??t know love if it crushed your fucking chest

"Romance Is Dead" is one of the best songs on the album and the lyrics on it are actually attacking supercicial people that cry and bitch about every little thing or whatever.

COLONquesadilla (September 23, 2006)

Ok, ok, American or not, please agree with meā?¦

First of all, I had to make my own username on here to describe my feelings on this fucking terrible article.

This fucking douche bag has the right to use the word metalcore. Uh, man, its fucking metal no matter what way you look at it. And what the fuck is psuedo-metal? IT IS SPELLED PSUEDO! And it means ā??fakeā? in Latin, so my question isā?¦what the fuck is ā??fakeā? metal?

Of course it has double bassā?¦most all metal does? Unless the drummer is very talented, which I have heard of and seen. Cookie monster vocals? Hm. I donā??t even need to comment on that, people who know what a good scream sounds like know what Iā??m implying. I listened to this album and loved the breakdowns and finger tapping, which in their case, is actually pretty complicated, if you actually listen. Chugga chugga? Ok Mr. Atreyu fanā?¦go fuck yourself.

No album by a band of this caliber is a joke, trust me. Pitiful lyrics? I think not, sir. When lyrics are written, they come from the writers experiences, thoughts, emotions, or past. This is not pathetic, this article and attempt to bring down a great band are. Their lyrics may have been influenced a little by other bands, maybe. But I mean cā??mon, LOTS OF BANDS DO THAT. IF THEY USE IT, ITS GOOD. Besides, all of us artists need some sort of influence.

And the whole disrespect about the album cover shows us all that you really do not know anything about metal. WHO GIVES A FUCK ABOUT THE COVER. ITā??S A FUCKING COVER. NO EFFECT ON MUSIC. THIS IS A MUSIC BASED WEBSITE, WITH MUSIC REVIEWS. Not album cover reviews.

You, your views on metal, and your views on music all together suck, and you should just suck a fat dick.

Cincinnati, Ohio

AmericaRules (August 14, 2006)

This album sucks dick and so does Australia.

jamespastepunk (August 8, 2006)

Reading this is hillarious. Thanks Aussies for the entertainment!

Your country is beautiful, by the way.

crazytoledo (July 27, 2006)

These guys sound kind of like August Burns Red. Except their isn't one insanely devoted fan harassing the reviewer about the score. 'Gimme a D' is awesome, mainly because of the first solo layered behind the vocals in the verse and the second solo. Other than that, it kind of plays out like August Burn's Red last cd, but it has a stand out track, so if you kind of liked them, check these guys out.

Anonymous (June 25, 2006)

Learn to be a journalist.

Yeah, your not published for a reason. Such a biased and inherantly false review deserves to be placed in a blender full of shit, turned into pulp and forced back down your throat. You scum.

Anonymous (June 22, 2006)

ZOMG! AtReYu R LikE SOOOOOO much HaRdeR N Metalz than thiz sHiT. PaRkwAy DrIve Sux. I am 14 anD I trIed to Moshz to diz ShiT but IT iS GAY 1111!!!!1111!!1 AtrEyU RoX!

BREAKDOWN!! 111!!!

Anonymous (May 1, 2006)

Oh and another thing. Dont review something you obviously have no idea about or what your talking about

Anonymous (May 1, 2006)

Bad band?

What is wrong with you people. Parkway Drive are better than most of those bands to come out of America!.

You guys need a damn reality check on music.

Makes me sick. Parkway Drive are amazing, and instead of juding music by the sound, maybe you should pay attention to the lyrics aswell.



Anonymous (April 23, 2006)

man u need to actually get some music knowlege for fucks sake u faggot metal core?? go look up in the atreyu section should be labled metal core/ emo shit and chugga chugga parrts maybe u mean gallops on guitar this band is ace ok this album maybe not as good as their first but u seem to have done the same shit in other reveiws just type in their lyric and bag the shit outta the band when u can play something better like the pinch harmonic in the new smoke em if you got em then i will change my mind but hey until then ur still a faggot

Anonymous (April 22, 2006)

Matt Whelihan u faggot, did u download the album art and lyrics and not listen to it. reviews r suppose to contains SOMETHING about the music. no wonder ur reviewing on the net rather then soemthings thats published.
u r shit and i hope ur never allowed to review anything ever again!

Anonymous (April 20, 2006)

We do have a whole shitload of bands. Parkway Drive just happen to be the cream of the crop at the moment. It's slightly noticeable that the more popular they get......the more reputation they lose from the "metal" scene. Fact is they are brilliant, crushingly heavy, melodic, cater to the hardcore kids and the metal crowd and winstons vocals are mindblowing.

Some other good aussie bands to check out are mindsnare, miles away, against, noxious, unsung and the always fucking hilarious frenzal rhomb.

Anonymous (April 18, 2006)

shit band, cant believe people are saying this is the best to come out of australia. and i cant believe this whole "hardcore" craze over here, with every band reducing their music to palm muting and screaming.
im proud australian and i know that we have plenty of better bands to offer.

Anonymous (April 16, 2006)

Fucking tallent stairing you in the fucking face and you say this over the internet. i would like to see you read this speach out infront of them. You would be shiting ur pants fuck head.

eat scrotum you low life fuckstick

qld bundaberg

Anonymous (April 16, 2006)

Fucking tallent stairing you in the fucking face and you say this over the internet. i would like to see you read this speach out infront of them. You would be shiting ur pants fuck head.

eat scrotum you low life fuckstick

Anonymous (April 9, 2006)

this bloke blows goats. fucken hell. "metalcore is on it's last legs"??? he wishes. it seems that metalcore is the thorn in this wanker's side. why this guy was allowed to write this review escapes me. i don't particularly like r&b - so i'm not going to go fucken review nelly's next album becuase it's gonna be a taaaaad bias. JUST LIKE THIS FUCKEN REVIEW!

and fuck me - don't write off australia becuase you don't like tha band. music is meant to unite people, not put a divide up across the pacific.
although if one were to be raised you wouldn't find me arguing ;)

"go focus on mel gibson or whatever" - said by fag from somewhere. fuck it's unbelievable that someone can write off australia with some cliches, stereotypes or whatever this guy has heard of in relation to australia. fuck man - grow some knowledge of the world. ignorant cunt. i'm surprised you know countries exist outisde of your little fucken bedroom.

this album fucken kicks ass! it got me as soon as i heard the first song! parkway has paved the way for what i hope is a whole shitload of australian metal, metalcore, hardcore, punk emo whatever bands to get heard, get seen, get out there and get big! FUCKIN A'! go PaRKwAY indeed! yippee-kii-aay motherfucker! :D

brisbane, australia.

Anonymous (April 9, 2006)

american fagot

Anonymous (March 29, 2006)

oi mate seriously u suck complete an utter cock hey.... how could u say that about a band with this much fucking talent... personally i think u r just a tool with out a life or respect for any type of music... uv found urself writing reviews on a website dissin bands that would kick ur ass all over the shop WELL YIPPEE KEA AH MOTHERFUCKER!! this band is going places and u certainally r not! SuK A FaT OnE cause u wouldnt know MUSIC IF IT CRUSHED YOUR FUCKING CHEST! GO PArKWaY!!

Anonymous (March 29, 2006)

how the hell can you say a genre of music that has been around and getting stronger for more than 15 years is on its last leg? fuck your a stupid bias journalist, i hate people like you so much, go eat your balls

Anonymous (March 27, 2006)

wellikins i love parkway drive. only days until they come to Townsville and i cannot wait. the person who wrote that review is fat and i hate them.

Anonymous (March 21, 2006)

your a fucken cunt fuck i saw like 3 comments to back your shit up your a fucken looser man you wouldnt know what fucken music was if it came and fucked you up the arse (not that you would stop it from fucking you) dum shit metalcore is the fuckuing best! ohh did i call you a cunt yet?? too fucken bad dick cheese go find some friends then go suck there fucken dicks!

Anonymous (March 21, 2006)

fucken parkway drive fucking kill you bitches they are the best fuck off if u dont like em!

Anonymous (March 20, 2006)

the reviewer is obviously emo and not having pro-suicide lyrics or 3 note powerchord songs upsets him.

Anonymous (March 20, 2006)

the reviewer is obviously emo and not having pro-suicide lyrics or 3 note powerchord songs upsets him.

Anonymous (March 19, 2006)

this reviewer is a fucking dumbass and should be fucking killed.

so fuck you if u dont like this albumn. you couldnt tell good music if it fell out of your ass.

Anonymous (March 16, 2006)

Parkway Drive fucking rock!...whoever disagrees should fuck off, if you hate them so much why the fuck would you come on a website...just to bag them...pfft...find some friends you losers!

Anonymous (March 13, 2006)

people that say shit about it being shit cause its not metal enough... get over it!!! you obviously don't have a life or any friends to be on a website bitching about a band. seroiusly its lame. Parkway Drive are what they want to be and im sure their getting pretty good money and they have more fans then YOUUUU!!!!!

Anonymous (March 13, 2006)

PARKWAY DRIVE ROCKS!!! i cant wait to see them in adelaide in 2 weeks!

Anonymous (March 11, 2006)

now review mindsnare'ss records, then cry in the corner cause you realise that every band in american hardcore can't come close to the intencity of mindsnare.

im pretty sure victory records is american, and no matter how good it was, nothing can save what it has turned into.


ahahahahahhahahahahahah suck shit america.

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

you're all fucking gay cunts once i ate a vagina and sodmized a irgin i love cannibal corpse metalcore is gay hardcore is gay you're all fucking cutns get into real metal jeese peel is in love witrh me we hold hands and eat vegemite sandiwches...

ARPKWAY PRIVE TONIGHT!!1111111!!11!1!1!!

2 EMO GUYS KISSING IS HOT!!! :):):):):):)



Anonymous (March 8, 2006)

I'm counting down the days to seeing em play in Townsville at JCU. Sick pit x10

P.s. I'm listening to the new Raised Fist and Atreyu. I'll let you guess which one I liked better.


Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

yeah and this was a review of a metal magazine...omg...metalheads stay in oz

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

Parkway Drive - Killing With A Smile

Rating: 9/10
Website: www.parkwaydriverock.com
Label: Resist Records
Year: 2005

After much anticipation and expectation from the Australian metal and hardcore scenes respectively with the release of their debut full length album 'Killing With A Smile', Parkway Drive have set themselves up for world domination. After only appearing on the heavy music scene 2 years ago, in that short time they have etched a name for themselves as one of the most crushing and brutal bands in the country.

To pass Parkway Drive off as just another band that plays mindless metal core and is a sucker for the standard breakdown, would prove you know nothing about music. Sure they are a sucker for the breakdown, but who the hell isn't? Parkway Drive blends the speed of metal with the attitude and brutality of hardcore to make one of the most cordial sounds that will ever pass your ears. Pinch harmonics that will tear your ears open, double bass that will make the posters fall off your wall and some pretty sweet guitar solos that are sure to rip some paint off your wall. However in amongst all this brutality, Parkway Drive have the ability and musical brains to somehow mix melodies that make songs instantly recognizable, but not those melodies you see Soil work spewing out, more akin to Slayer's deathly chants.

For anyone who has witnessed this band live could recognize that tracks like 'It's Hard To Speak Without A Tongue', 'Romance Is Dead' and 'Guns For Show, Knives For A Pro' would be instant crowd favourites.

I couldn't write this review without mentioning the change in their sound. From the humble beginnings of their 3-way 'What We've Built' split CD to their 'Don't Close Your Eyes' EP, Parkway Drive's sound remained raw and ultimately their own. With 'Killing With A Smile', being sent to Killswitch Engage's for an unbelievable production job, this CD was sure to sound different. To the unfamiliar it would sound like an Unearth album. If this is what you passed it off as, keep listening and you will find plenty of similarities but even more differences.

IN SUMMARY: Parkway Drive are a revolution in Australia, if you don't have this release you will have no idea what is going on in the hardcore scene of Australia.

[Review by Sam Humphreys]

Inside Metal

Scruffy (March 6, 2006)

When I think Australia, I think Jebediah, Blueline Medic (and Caustic Soda), The Living End and Frenzal Rhomb.

Anonymous (March 6, 2006)

Believe it or not Australia actually has some real Hardcore bands not just Parkway Drive, Day of Contempt and I killed the Prom Queen which is what people in the states may be lead to believe.
Bands like Last Nerve (RIP), Against, Just Say Go, Miles Away, Bad Blood ect all play solid, strong old school hardcore without all the metal shit.

Scruffy (March 6, 2006)

I was gonna join the fray even more, but I realized I don't care.

I will say, though, to LeightonESmith, that if it times you out, you can just copy what you wrote, go back and paste it, then submit.

Anonymous (March 6, 2006)

this may be (or not) the best metal release 2006 but still I dont care about metal...metal sucks

Anonymous (March 6, 2006)

This CD is brilliant. For a more raw sound checkout their previous release also. Best metal release of 2006 and probably won't be challenged. Matt Whelihan? Brain defects at birth?

Anonymous (March 6, 2006)

Just out of interest, is anyone who defends this band over the age of 18? Obviously the people defending this record feel justified in doing so, but I suspect there's reasons for that.

Anonymous (March 6, 2006)

metal core is only for boring crashes

LeightonESmith (March 6, 2006)

'you are everything that I despise'

LeightonESmith (March 6, 2006)

Hey Matt, scroll down buddy.
I counted 10 perfect tens given by people
(and a couple of 9's)
Who is right? Them or you?


Anonymous (March 6, 2006)

Score is for the band and all the aussie support on punknews for this thread. This is why we love our hardcore. Bust some shit up!!
but seriously, i am so pissed off with how bad this review is my sesssion keeps timing out before i can post the full ranting comment!!

www. Myspace. Com/leightonesmith

Anonymous (March 6, 2006)

You're a dick.

You're judgement is terrible.

You are quoting the bands lyrics that are directly having a stab at bad emo lyrics.

Anonymous (March 6, 2006)

The reviewer is clearly needs to stick to reviewing punk rock only. Upon browsing through his reviews it is quite clear that he has it in for hardcore bands or maybe he just has something against Australians?

These two reviews of his show exactly the same thing although.....these two bands do not touch parkway drive's ability.

h ttp://www.punknews.org/reviews.php?op=albumreview&id=4603

Anonymous (March 6, 2006)

PD is fucking shit. My fellow Australians would do well to hastily get over this rubbish.

Anonymous (March 6, 2006)

This reviewer couldn't run a cold bath if he tried. Fuck off ya tool.


Anonymous (March 5, 2006)


Anonymous (March 5, 2006)

this album is brilliant. come to australia and say that shit. you wouldn't get too far.
eat a bag of dicks.

Anonymous (March 5, 2006)

parkway drive is to australia what bullet for my valentine is to wales.
ie. complete shit.

Scruffy (March 5, 2006)

This is great music journalism. Simply because, all I read was lyrics that the band themselves wrote, and a description of the artwork, and, guess what? I know I don't ever need to listen to this.
Also, Australia gave us Blueline Medic, so they could shoot babies into bricks walls with gigantic slingshots, and it'd be okay with me.
Actually, it'd be even more okay with me if they did that.

LosPeptobismol (March 5, 2006)

Yeah, but can they PARK in a DRIVEway???

Anonymous (March 5, 2006)

man why are people so dumb to start an aussie vs us discussion just because of a weak metal band... so this is the reason why I say metalcore really has nothing to do with the ethics and style of hardcore and punk

Anonymous (March 5, 2006)

Whoever tha author of this review obviously has little knowledge of what this cd is about. Oh well, im sure the band isn't going to give a rats ass about this codshit anyhow. We don't have any oil down here so guess we're safe...


Anonymous (March 5, 2006)

HA. what a pathetic review. yes its true, metalcore is an oversaturated generic marketing exersise, but this album pretty much shat on everything that metal has, but everything your shitty redneck country has, and so when fags start saying shit like "go focus on your 'm8s'" or something equally as retarded, then lets see...the used? my chemical romance? avenged sevenfold? pft! just shut up! Go kill some more arabs and get fatter.This is more of a rant in defence of my country, but parkway drive make everything you have in the way of heavy music look like dick.

The review appears to be more of an anti-metalcore statement (as thats cool to do, and you're so very scene) but have you really listened to the work thats gone into this album? its beyond anything. And obviously you are a stupid race, as you took the lyrics of "romance is dead" in a literal sence when its fairly obvious that its a piss take and a satire on current emo/screamo trends.

you have no idea what you are talking about, that really was a piece of shit review. better luck next time.

Anonymous (March 5, 2006)

Wow, these comments are certainly proving that us Aussies are as dumb as anyone else around.

Anonymous (March 5, 2006)

The guys that are bashing this kids review skills are really weak. HE DOESNT NEED TO SAY WHAT THIS SOUNDS LIKE, ITS SHITTTTTY. He said it was carbon copy metalcore, why then do you need to say he doesnt describe the vocals well enough. Do you really care that much. This band sucks. We need more reviews of people bashing bands so hopefully these said bands will cut their wrists and no longer exist.


Anonymous (March 4, 2006)

man shut up you metalcore piece of shit

Anonymous (March 4, 2006)

The first sentence of this review sums it up.

"Apparently Parkway Drive didnā??t get the memo that metalcore was on its last leg."

Allow me to paraphrase:

"liek omgz dont u know how many more so much kewler bands their are on myspace???//"

The genre isn't trendy enough for you? Personally, I don't really enjoy PWD all that much, but this is an atrocious piece of music journalism. There is no excuse for any piece of writing this bad, none at all.

Of the four paragraphs, more was discussed about the artwork than anything else, an entire paragraph! Only six sentences focused on the music, and the two sentences that referenced the lyrics were mostly quoted with no actual real content or comment. The remainder could've been a log of a couple of cool myspace kids writing off metalcore - if you don't like the genre, why are you reviewing it? If you can't even come close to being objective, what's the point?

The irony of it is, this review is even more cliched than PWD, except that at the end of it all, PWD have at some point put some thought into their work. If you got paid for this, you shouldn't have.

Anonymous (March 4, 2006)

Where the hell is Australia, anyway? Isn't it like just north of Canada? They should form a super country of people with bad taste in art.

Anonymous (March 4, 2006)

piss off metalcore sissies

Anonymous (March 4, 2006)

this review doesnt really say much abuot the music...
im from aus...face it but, pwd are nothing special at all

rkl (March 4, 2006)

i appreciate metal, and i think this band sucks.
if this is the best new australia has to offer, i suggest all you "m8"s go listen to trevor.

Anonymous (March 4, 2006)

First and formostly i would like to say that the person who reviewed this should never have even been shortlisted for a job at punknews.org, this is absolute garbage journalism.....secondly the guy is being so bias it makes me wanna throw up, you could say teh same thing about any punk band and any haredcore band, the style of msuic sounds exactly the same, metalcore has been around since early converge and botch, and is onyl getting stronger, it isnt a fad and neither is this band, if the guy had seen their live shows or met understood what they ahve done for the hardcore scene in australia, he'd be pissing his pants, sure its metalcore and you may not liek it, but for its genre it really is ahead of anything ive heard in the past two years....dear punknews.org, fire this guy at once he cant have an open mind for a peice of shit

Anonymous (March 4, 2006)

one of the best oz cds ever?
Hell the saints, radio birdman etc are really cool but do you folks down under need the 10000000th stupid metal combo??
PS: I hate so called metal from all countries...

Anonymous (March 4, 2006)

You must be kidding me??

lol. Anyone who appreciates metal should disregard this review. Poor Americans having to exist with stupid cunts like this scattered through your society.

This CD is the best to come out of Aus and pretty much the world last year barring a few (propagandhi). Do yourself a favour and pick it up as well as their previous CD. Then catch yourself a live show. Fucking amazing.

Anonymous (March 4, 2006)

wow! now review the music you pathic cunts

Anonymous (March 4, 2006)

stupid fucking americans go bomb iraq for oil

parkway drive have helped hardcore in this country there better then most ur bands in ur country u wankers

fringed fagets go put ur eyeliner on and cry me a fucking river bitch

Anonymous (March 4, 2006)

Yeah man lets all argue on the internet and be cool! Anyway, pretty gay review. Didn't really comment on the vocal work on the instrumentation, but instead took a couple of lyrics, and the cover art and used them to represent the entire album. Pretty pathetic review. And shut the fuck up about America vs Australia, music is music regardless where the fuck it comes from. Me, I quite like this album, not in my top 10 for sure as there is a lot better out there, but it's a fairly solid hard/metal core album. Overuse of breakdows yes, but there are some nice guitar parts, decent drumming, and the vocal work has come a long way. I'm seeing them next week and I look forward to hearing the new material.

Anonymous (March 4, 2006)

are u stupid fuckers serous?

this is one of the BEST aus cds ever

and to the deadbeat that wrote the review 'romance is dead' its acculy about baging emo and killing wat it means,young kids hurting themself over girls.

so how about you acculy start puting your fucking shit together and act like a proper writer,also theres a reason your on the net and not in a proper magazine.

just coz your president & countrey is fucked up dosnt mean you have to be.

aussie hardcore is strong

Anonymous (March 4, 2006)

Nice job on alienating yourself from the Aussie hardcore scene and its fans. Especially with such a fair and balanced review.

Your half witted president would be so proud.

Godfather (March 3, 2006)

seriously guys u can shit on parkway all u want but they have really helped boost the australian hardcore scene. and a big FUCK YOU to the guy that saidd australian bands cant produce good music. u didnt even spell australian right. You may not like the band or their sound but to just rag on them and bag the shit out of them is ridiculas. they were clearly not trying to produce a generic sounding album. yes they have moved a little to the metal side of things but they are still a hardcore band end of story. fuck off u metal cunts that think parkway drive is try hard metal. id like to see yas do any better. they helped the aussie scene really take off and exteneded this hardcore scene into regional towns that otherwise would never get anything. they are working wonders in Aus and so i ssay good on 'em.

that is all

score is for you insulting someone's internet grammar and then spelling ridiculous with an "a"....good job with that

Anonymous (March 3, 2006)

seriously guys u can shit on parkway all u want but they have really helped boost the australian hardcore scene. and a big FUCK YOU to the guy that saidd australian bands cant produce good music. u didnt even spell australian right. You may not like the band or their sound but to just rag on them and bag the shit out of them is ridiculas. they were clearly not trying to produce a generic sounding album. yes they have moved a little to the metal side of things but they are still a hardcore band end of story. fuck off u metal cunts that think parkway drive is try hard metal. id like to see yas do any better. they helped the aussie scene really take off and exteneded this hardcore scene into regional towns that otherwise would never get anything. they are working wonders in Aus and so i ssay good on 'em.

that is all

Anonymous (March 3, 2006)

OMG all you australians better shut up, we are americans and we control the world, and if we dont like parkway then its settled, they must be shit.

i mean come on, WE ARE FROM AMERICA AFTER ALL!!!

americas the greatest country in the world, we havent had a shit band or film r actor to ever come out of our country.

my ball, my rules, the american way.

BlaquacadetZstyles (March 3, 2006)

It's funny, because I hear that metaphor about the "Looks that kill" being compared to weapons and all, but I only in the context of totally forgettable songs.

Anonymous (March 3, 2006)

metalheads piss off from the hardcore scene, take your I-wanna be from Goteborg shit and drop dead

Anonymous (March 3, 2006)

"If idiots like you existed everywhere, hardcore music would have ended the moment it started"

You mean if more people like me who enjoy hardcore free from songs about brutalizing women existed around the globe, I wouldn't have to hear some dejected high school dropouts play shitty metal and call it hardcore? Well...There ARE people like me all over the globe and sadly, its not enough to remove you, the lowest common denominator, from the face of the planet. We try our best, though.


Anonymous (March 3, 2006)

I'm not saying this record is the greatest thing ever, but if I ran a label that put out any kind of metalcore or hardcore, I'd stop wasting time and money sending records to Punknews.org.

Dissonance and math = "ZOMG BOTCH RIPOFF"
Melodic metal riffs = "ZOMG AT THE GATES RIPOFF"
Anything that sounds like Hatebreed =" ZOMG TOUGH GUY BULLSHIT"

But hey, at least you're honest about not even pretending to give a fair review anymore.

elliot (March 3, 2006)

thanks for your input, goofy australian dude that doesn't know anything.

this band is still generic-core, through and through.

Anonymous (March 3, 2006)

This band and this album has reignited the Australian hardcore scene. Yet your pretentious comments reflect none of that. What a mind blowing concept, pointing out that hardcore music that carries cliches (hello fish in a barrel). If idiots like you existed everywhere, hardcore music would have ended the moment it started.

At least Adam from Killswitch saw that they had talet and produced a top notch album. If this thing had Unearth on the front cover, people would be creaming their jeans.

When Evergreen Terrace toured with them recently in Australia , they were completely blown off the stage, night after night.

If your not content to listen to something that stirs primal emotion and destroys even after repeated listens, stick to your own inept innovators (hello Yellowcard, Hawthorne Heights, Atreyu, etc, etc...)

The fact that Online zines are still letting fuckwit writers of this style, especially ones that donā??t possess even a hint of innovation is just frustrating

- your closing words seen more fitting

Anonymous (March 3, 2006)

well i was attempting to link those two comments together. However some ASSHOLE, who can't even spell Australian right had to fuck it all up.

Score is for Star Wars VI.

Anonymous (March 3, 2006)

fans, but any band that fits the aforementioned aesthetics or musical style is power-terrible. And their fans are assholes too, ALL their fans.

Also this band is Not Northcoast Hardocre. They're From Byron Bay "AKA: XHardCoreX City". Strange though, as that place used to be synonymous with roots, folk ,and reggae music.

What the fuck went wrong there, ey?

Parkway Dr. are the worst, yo! Serious like and all, bad.

Anonymous (March 3, 2006)

worst band ever, not that i woild expect the australiens to produce good bands but whatever.

Anonymous (March 3, 2006)

"Remember what ur commenting on, not some faggy emo, screamo,, punk try-hard shit, this solid metal... 10 stars"

The dead dude on the album cover is clearly wearing All Stars and Those Hardcore Trendy Faux-Dirty Jeans. Dude, that is some fasionably hardcore shit. These guys must be punk rocking hardcore kids who like metal too, and try to do both at the same time. Yeah, one of THOSE types of bands. The ones whose hatred we all feel towards them can be actually justified. That's fine and all for them and their

Godfather (March 3, 2006)

i love reading half star reviews!!

Anonymous (March 3, 2006)

fuck you
who are ya
this is a great album from a great band
their live shows are amazing ive seen then many times as im from the same town they are

if u dont like metal then why even bother reviewing this
they put a lot of american bands to shame
especially their live acts
who gives a fuck about the artwork
why u spend more time reviewing that then the actual cd

stick to your emo
no one

Anonymous (March 3, 2006)


Anonymous (March 3, 2006)

About a fifth of the review discusses the band's music

Since when did 2 out of 4 paragraphs equal one fifth?

I thought the review was solid.

Anonymous (March 3, 2006)

u guys r a bunch of little bitches, if you compare this band to the majority of well established bands of the same genre its obvious that these guys r delivering the most brutal music around, thier putting bands like bleeding through and unearth to shame, they've raised the bar on intensity. Remember what ur commenting on, not some faggy emo, screamo,, punk try-hard shit, this solid metal... 10 stars

aus rules!!!!

Anonymous (March 3, 2006)

as a proud australian i would like to apologise for this travesty of a band... every north coast hardcore band here sounds the same. piss weak. grow some balls and play some real punk. every song on this sounds the same.

Anonymous (March 3, 2006)

Bad band. Australia needs to focus more on Mel Gibson and......er, that's it.

Anonymous (March 3, 2006)

like many of the other comments have already stated, sounds like the reviewer paid more time looking at the pictures than listening to the cd, actually wondering if they listened at all.

Did someone say pop-up book?

Personally cd's only tell one side of the story, live shows are also something to take into account. And being an US based site i think you shouldn't be so quick to totally judge the band.

Hugh (Aus)

Anonymous (March 3, 2006)

Extremely Bad Band.

Unfortunately they are the biggest thing here in Australia.

- Blade Runner

Anonymous (March 3, 2006)

I'm inclined to disagree. If a band simply follows every cliche of its genre, then discussing the genre easily substitutes for discussing the band.

Anonymous (March 3, 2006)

I'm not a fan of either Parkway Drive or brutal metalcore in general but this review is terrible.

About a fifth of the review discusses the band's music, the rest is the reviewer soapboxing about his dislike for a particular genre. You get the impression that it wouldn't have mattered one iota what metalcore band this guy is reviewing, he would have hammered any metalcore band as mercilessly.

Particularly irksome is "Apparently Parkway Drive didnā??t get the memo that metalcore was on its last leg." By extrapolation it would seem the reviewer is saying that any genre that's not absolutely bleeding-edge trendy is valueless.

Metalcore did go through a period of heightened popularity. Unfortunately for the internet's self-styled music gurus, popularity does not imply poor quality. He should judge a metalcore band against others of its genre, just as a punk album should be judged against other punk albums.

If the reviewer feels that this band falls short of its metalcore contemporaries, that should be the focus of the review.

This is an example of music journalism at its worst. I'm interested to see if this comment is published on the site.

ncarlber (March 3, 2006)

they sure seem to swear alot....

as I type this I'm listening to NUFAN "keep them confused", what a terribly disappointing album....

inagreendase (March 3, 2006)

This sounds pretty horrendous. Good review.

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