Australia's biggest metalcore band, Parkway Drive
, has announced plans to return to the studio to record their third studio album, which is expected to be released later this summer via Epitaph Records
. The long-awaited follow-up to 2007's hard-hitting breakout album Horizons
was written in the band's hometown of Byron Bay over the past six months and will be recorded in Los Angeles with celebrated producer Joe Barresi
(Queens of the Stone Age
, Bad Religion
) over the coming weeks.
Determined to surpass previous efforts, Parkway Drive
have gone all out in creating a complete listening experience. While maintaining the band's trademark sound at its core, their forthcoming album will weave music, lyrics and artwork together into a dense concept that flows from beginning to end.
"Writing with a concept in mind has given us more direction," explains Parkway Drive
frontman Winston McCall
. "Every song on this album was created with a definite purpose, as opposed to just writing a riff and building on that."
concedes the album's basic narrative - the tale of a man lacking direction in life who goes looking for answers at the bottom of the sea - is "kind of bizarre," he says the concept was flexible enough to open itself up to many far-reaching ideas.
"The ocean is where I find the most clarity," says the former bodyboard champion. "To go to the beach and sink into the water, the sound cuts out and you can just forget about everything. So I guess the concept is about cutting out everything and focusing on what's inside yourself."
achievements are unmatched in Australian heavy music circles. After two huge-selling albums, 2004's Killing With A Smile
and 2007's Horizons
(the latter achieving Top 6 chart success in Oz), last year's Parkway Drive: The DVD
was met with a typically rabid response. It debuted at #2 on the ARIA
chart and achieved Platinum status within weeks. By year's end it was Australia's biggest selling local artist DVD and was crowned 'Best Music DVD' at the 2009 Rolling Stone Awards
. US fans are taking notice as constant global touring has helped cement Parkway Drive's
reputation as one of the most dominant exponents of heavy hardcore in the world today.
Having recorded their first two albums with Adam Dutkiewicz
), the forthcoming album finds Parkway Drive
turning to seasoned veteran Joe Barresi
. Known for his work with big-league rock acts including Queens of the Stone Age
, Bad Religion
will handle the recording and mix at his home studio, JHOC
(Joe's House of Compression
) in Los Angeles, before renowned mastering engineer Brian Gardner
, Lamb of God
, Nine Inch Nails
) applies the finishing touches in Hollywood.
By that time Parkway Drive
should be back on the road again. First stop is Europe and the UK throughout April and May, where they'll play their biggest headlining dates so far, before they make their anticipated return to the US for this summer's Vans Warped Tour
Already top of the most hotly anticipated heavy releases of 2010, their forthcoming album promises to be a new and exciting chapter in the story of Australia's most successful metalcore band.
"This is the heaviest thing we've written, and at the same time the catchiest," McCall
warns. "And while we always want to keep the definitive Parkway Drive
sound, there are a couple of things that will hopefully add another dimension to what we do."
- Vans Warped Tour 2010
6/25 - Carson, CA - Home Depot Center
6/26 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
6/27 - Ventura, CA - Seaside Park
6/29 - Phoenix, AZ - Cricket Pavilion
6/30 - Las Cruces, NM - N.M.S.U. Practice Field
7/01 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
7/02 - Houston, TX - The Showgrounds
7/03 - Dallas, TX - Superpages.com Center
7/05 - St. Louis, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
7/06 - Indianapolis, IN - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/07 - Burgettstown, PA - Post Gazette Pavillion
7/08 - Cleveland, OH - Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre
7/09 - Toronto, ON - Arrow Hall
7/10 - Montreal, QC - Parc Jean Drapeau
7/11 - Hartford, CT - Comcast Theater
7/13 - Mansfield, MA - Comcast Center
7/14 - Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake P.A.C.
7/15 - Scranton, PA - Toyota Pavilion
7/16 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
7/17 - Uniondale, NY - Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
7/18 - Oceanport, NJ - Monmouth Park Racetrack
7/20 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
7/21 - Virginia Beach, VA - Virginia Beach Amphitheatre
7/22 - Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Charlotte
7/23 - St. Petersburg, FL - Vinoy Park
7/24 - West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheater
7/25 - Orlando, FL - Central Florida Fairgrounds
7/26 - Atlanta, GA - Lakewood Amphitheater
7/28 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
7/29 - Milwaukee, WI - Marcus Amphitheater
7/30 - Detroit, MI - Comerica Park
7/31 - Tinley Park, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
8/01 - Shakopee, MI - Canterbury Park
8/02 - Bonner Springs, KS - Sandstone Amphitheatre
8/05 - Calgary, AB - Race City Speedway
8/07 - Salt Lake City, UT - Utah State Fairgrounds
8/08 - Denver, CO - Invesco Field
8/11 - Pomona, CA - Pomona Fairplex
8/12 - Marysville, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre
8/13 - Nampa, ID - Idaho Center Amphitheatre
8/14 - George, WA - Gorge Amphitheater
8/15 - Hillsboro, OR - Washington County Fairgrounds
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