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Just your everyday, average metal band.
Parkway Drive is an Australian metalcore band from Byron Bay, New South Wales. Formed in 2003, they released their first full-length album, Killing With A Smile, in 2005.

Current Members:

  • Winston Mccall: Vocals, (2003-)
  • Jeff Ling: Guitar, (2003-)
  • Luke "Pig" Kilpatrick, Guitar, (2003-)
  • Jia "Pie" O'Connor, Bass, (2006-)
  • Ben "Gaz" Gordon: Drums (2003-)

Former Members:

  • Shaun Cash: Bass, (2004-2006)
  • Brett Versteeg: Bass, (2003-2004)

  • Killing With A Smile (2005)
  • Horizons (2007)
  • Deep Blue (2010)
  • Atlas (2012)
  • Ire (2015)
  • Reverence (2018)
  • Darker Still (2022)

Parkway Drive's songs provides examples of:

  • Anti-Love Song: "Romance Is Dead", just in case you didn't figure it out by the name.
  • Badass Boast: Wild Eyes:
    "We are the diamonds that choose to stay coal
    A generation born to witness the end of the world"
    • Combined with Angrish in Wishing Wells "TONIGHT I'M KILLING GODS"
  • Broken Pedestal: "Idols And Anchors".
  • Concept Album: Deep Blue, telling the story of a man's journey as he gets dragged into the depths of the ocean, finds out the truth and eventually returns to the surface to destroy everything he once believed in.
  • Determinator: "Karma" is all about this.
    "Clarity unfolds"
    "A moments calm in the eye of the storm"
    "Relentless, I surge onward"
    "No regrets, no second chance"
    "Nothing will hold me back"
    • "Vice Grip" and "Wild Eyes" too, to some extent. Both of them even have a few bits from "Karma", the former even takes it's name from that song ("A body locked in the vice grip of conflict") and the latter has "no regrets".
  • Driven to Suicide: Strongly implied at the end of Blue and the Grey.
  • Green Aesop: Many songs talk about this, most blatantly being the topic of Dark Days.
  • Harsh Vocals: One of the few metalcore bands that exclusively uses harshes, though Reverence has a few cleans and spoken word segments.
  • Metalcore: Australia's biggest export of the genre, and arguably one of the faces of metalcore in the 2000s and 2010s.
  • New Sound Album: Ire and especially Reverence go into more of a arena rock direction with traces of nu-metal, though both albums can be comfortably labeled as metalcore.
  • Power Ballad: "Carrion", "A Deathless Song" and "Shadow Boxing".
    • "The River" and "Blue and the Grey" from Atlas to a lesser extent, as they have very heavy riffs to contrast the melodic parts, but otherwise they still fit.
  • Switching P.O.V.: The River switches from the point of view of the titular river and the protaginist's loved one.