Parkway Drive

Parkway Drive‘s last album Reverence had some mixed reaction, but it looks like the band’s lead guitarist Jeff Ling wants you to give it one more try before passing further judgement.

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After receiving criticism for abandoning their metalcore roots for a more mainstream sound, members of the band have been vocal about with their move to a different sound.

The most notable? When frontman Winston McCall agreed that the Australian quintet has “outgrown metalcore.” The latest members to voice an opinion on the criticism against the latest release is lead guitarist Jeff Ling.

Speaking with Musicradar.com Ling encouraged listeners to give the album one more spin before passing any judgement, saying:

If people have only listened to our new record a few times, they won’t have a feel for it. But if you’ve listened to it 10 times and say it’s horseshit, I will say, ‘Yeah, the album sucks! At least you listened to it enough to know.‘”

He continued on to say:

I don’t really see us as one of the biggest metal bands around, but maybe we’re one of the bigger newbies. We’re stepping up our production and hopefully taking over from the old dogs whenever they hang up the reins – we’ll be there to grab them and take the horses for a ride. But the more popular you are, the more unpopular you are! That’s just the nature of the beast.

Maybe it’s just too easy to tear shit apart online these days. There are so many people who are still attached to the old sound, but a lot of people like our new sound too. When we put out ‘Vice Grip’ from Ire, we knew we were in for a beating! When we first saw what people were saying, we thought we were getting killed. A lot of us took it to heart – I had never been ridiculed like that before. This time, we are ready for it all – we are proud of what we’ve done and we don’t care about the comments.”

While the band’s sound may have changed, we’re still pretty excited to see the band bring these new songs to life on the stage.

In support of the monstrous new album, the Australian quintet have announced a massive North American tour with  August Burns Redthe Devil Wears Prada and Polaris.

Check out the full list of cities and dates below!

Dates:

08/30 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA
08/31 – Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
09/01 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
09/02 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
09/04 – St. Louis, MO @ Pageant
09/05 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera
09/06 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora
09/07 – Toronto, ON @ Rebel
09/09 – Montreal, QC @ MTelus
09/10 – Queens, NY @ Knockdown CTR
09/12 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium
09/13 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
09/14 – Rochester, NY @ Armory
09/16 – Myrtle Beach, SC @ House Of Blues
09/17 – Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues
09/19 – Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
09/20 – Dallas, TX @ Southside Ballroom
09/21 – Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey
09/22 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto
09/23 – Hollywood, CA @ Palladium

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