ALBUM ARRIVES SEPTEMBER 9 VIA EPITAPH RECORDS
THE GROUP SHARES A VIDEO FOR “THE GREATEST FEAR” – LOOK
Australia’s metal behemoths PARKWAY WALK — Winston McCall (vocals), Luke Kilpatrick (guitar), Jeff Ling (guitar), Jia O’Connor (bass) and
Ben Gordon (drums) — are pleased to announce their seventh album EVEN DARKER. The disc, which is their first album since 2018 Reverencearrives September 9 via Registers of epitaphs. even darker can be pre-ordered here.
Parkway Drive also shared the masterful cinematic video for “The greatest fearwhich features the band’s galloping guitar work, moshy breakdowns and guttural vocals amid a stunning backdrop that will transport you somewhere else.
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“The greatest fear, the one we all share; this song is about the unifying force we all have to face – death,” McCall says. “The goal was to create a song that saw death not as something that separates, but something that connects us all on our paths. Musically, we wanted to create a song that does justice to this concept. It’s heavy, it’s epic and when it stomps, it leaves an impact.
“The Greatest Fear” follows the video release of “Problema frenetic exploration of the things our mind experiences when we’re not awake – but not yet asleep – like night terrors and sleep paralysis.
ABOUT PARKWAY DRIVE+ EVEN DARKER:
In the kitchen of Winston McCall’s Byron Bay home is a refrigerator, adorned on one side with a quote from Tom Waits: “I want beautiful melodies telling me terrible things.
This, says the Parkway Drive singer, is a pretty good summary of himself. It is also true that one of the guiding principles behind even darkerthe seventh album to be born from this scenic and serene corner of North East New South Wales, Australia, and the defining musical statement to date from one of modern metal’s most revered bands.
even darkersays McCall, is the vision he and his bandmates have had on their minds since a group of misfit friends first met in their parents’ basements and backyards in 2003 The journey to reach this moment has seen Parkway evolve from metal underdogs to festival-behemoth headliner, after nearly 20 grueling years, six critically and commercially acclaimed studio albums (all of which have achieved status gold in their home country), three documentaries, a live album and many thousands of performances.
“When Parkway originally started, we were all trying to push ourselves to do more than we could,” says McCall. “What you hear about even darker is the final fulfillment of our ability to learn and grow by catching up with the imagination we’ve always had.
Understanding that growth is understanding even darker, both musically and thematically. Those who thought they understood Parkway Drive – the unrivaled energy, the high-octane breakdowns, the trademark McCall’s bark – need to reconsider everything they know about Australia’s heavyweight masters. even darker stands as the culmination of a period of transformation that has seen Parkway reach new heights of creativity and success by eschewing the genre’s restrictive and safe conventions and abandoning their own self-imposed rules in favor of a stark appreciation bold new horizons. “There are compositions and songs that we’ve never attempted before – or, to be more precise, that we’ve attempted in the past, but haven’t had the courage, the time or the understanding to “, reveals McCall.
And so during even darker remains unmistakably Parkway Drive, he finds the sound band neck and neck with rock and metal greats – Metallica, Pantera, Machine Head, Guns N’ Roses – as much as with their metalcore contemporaries. The album explores the concept of the “dark night of the soul”, which is “the idea of reaching a point in your life where you are faced with a calculation of your belief structure, your sense of self- yourself and your place in the world”. , to a point where it’s irreconcilable with the way you are as a person,” as McCall describes it. even darker unfolds like rock’s great concept albums, from Pink Floyd to, more comparably, Nine Inch Nails The downward spiralits 11 tracks featuring ruminations on fear of death, isolation and society’s loss of humanity on its journey to redemptive enlightenment.
It’s the Parkway Drive the band has been striving to be for two decades. Guitarist Jeff Ling says it best: “I’m really proud of what we’ve accomplished together, and I feel like as musicians we’ve truly reached new realms of class and ability.”
Emerging from the obscurity of the last few years, this is the true face of Parkway – redefined and resolute, focused in spirit and defiant in spirit.
EVEN DARKER LIST OF TRACKS:
“If a God Can Bleed”
“Bleach of the Soul”
“Land of the Lost”
“From the Heart of Darkness”