Parkway Drive has been playing together for over 10 years but still maintain their relevance in the metalcore scene. Friday night marked the release of their fifth album Ire and their first Australian headline tour in over two years. With beers and a blow up raft in hand, Adelaide was ready for some serious moshing.

Arizona’s The Word Alive encouraged everyone to move as punters slowly filled Thebarton Theatre. “Most of you don’t know who the fuck we are,” joked frontman Tyler Smith. But the crowd quickly caught onto the band’s unique sound. Electronic samples kept things interesting and Smith’s gravelly screams were balanced with high-pitched singing.

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TEO Magazine-Parkway Drive-The Word Alive-Thebarton Theatre-Adelaide

Memphis May Fire were not welcome judging by comments overheard in the crowd. Unfortunately the Texan band delivered a forgettable performance. Frontman Matty Mullins has mastered his vocals, but the band lacked variation and stage presence, the breakdowns sounding familiar.

Sydney’s Thy Art Is Murder replaced Suicide Silence as opener, bringing some deathcore to the line-up. Emerging with ominous sounding guitars and billowing smoke, their presence alone was terrifying. Frontman Chris McMahon’s warped screams didn’t even sound human as they echoed through the theatre. Heavy guitars and intense hair whipping, everything was delivered in extremes. McMahon repeatedly proclaimed his love for a certain plant and demanded a ‘twerkle pit’. Unsurprisingly, moshing and twerking do not complement each other.

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Parkway Drive-Thy Art is Murder-Ire Tour-Adelaide-Thebarton Theatre

As Parkway Drive stood illuminated behind the curtain, punters were practically running downstairs to join the pit. They launched into new track ‘Destroyer’ as the band stood on tiered platforms, which they quickly abandoned. ‘Carrion’ made an early appearance, arms and legs thrashed everywhere as punters back flipped into the uncontrollable crowd.

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Frontman Winston McCall is as honest as always, talking about positivity on new track ‘Vice Grip’ and abuse of power on ‘Bottom Feeders’. With ruthless breakdowns and gut retching screams, each musician has perfected their talent. Lead guitarist Jeff Ling showed no signs of tiring and delivered incredible guitar solos, despite battling injuries. “You guys remember this shit?” asked McCall as they revisited older track ‘Romance is Dead’.

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Parkway Drive-Ire Tour-Adelaide-Thebarton Theatre

Parkway Drive literally came out with guns blazing for the encore. Flames of fire hurtled into the air but the lighting was too strong at times. After the brutal ‘Crushed’, McCall lit a flare, diving into ‘Home is for the Heartless’. Punters were still singing the chorus as they shuffled outside; sweat drenched hair clinging to their faces.

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Words: Melina Scarfo
Photos: Matthias Pfeil