Holy crap….PARKWAY DRIVE, STICK TO YOUR GUNS AND BAD OMENS blew the roof off The NorVA on Thursday May 3rd!!! This concert was absolutely mind-blowing!!!
After seriously good sets by Bad Omens and Stick to Your Guns (with some uplifting social commentary by STYG lead singer) Parkway Drive put on an amazing performance!!! The crowd was absolutely wild – and understandably so…the vibe that filled the venue was incredible….so much energy, and the crowd surfing was in high overdrive!
Lead singer Winston McCall obviously could feel the love being given back to him from the crowd because his highly infectious smile was on display throughout the night!
Ohh and sound guy – huge props for playing some Bon Jovi in between sets, gotta love a metal show crowd all singing Living on a Prayer in complete unison!
Seriously, if you get the chance don’t miss this show…you definitely wont be disappointed!
Parkway Drive, formed in 2002, is a metalcore band from Byron Bay, New South Wales. They have built an international following, charting internationally, with two Gold Records under their belt.
The band name is derived from their hometown in Byron Bay, after the house that the band practised in, which is called “Parkway House”, on the street, Parkway Drive. Their first release was a split EP with a band called I Killed the Prom Queen. The EP was simply called “I Killed the Prom Queen/Parkway Drive: Split CD". After national tours, the band entered the studio with Adam Dutkiewicz, the guitarist from metalcore band, Killswitch Engage, who produced their debut album, “Killing with a Smile”. It was released in May of 2005, and gained a lot of critical acclaim.
It was the band’s sophomore album, “Horizons”, released on October 6th 2007, again, produced by Adam Dutkiewicz that debuted at #6 on the ARIA Albums Chart. It also peaked at #27 on the US Top Heatseekers chart. Their following album, “Deep Blue” was released on June 25th 2010, this time, they decided to allow a different producer, Joe Barresi, to take the reigns on this album. This was a worthy follow up, seeing the album debut at #2 on the ARIA chart, and #39 on the Billboard 200 chart. It went on to win the 2010 ARIA Award for “Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album”
Following an international tour, they went back into the studio to record the album “Atlas” in Los Angeles, California. It was released on October 26th 2012, with the leading single being the song “Dark Days”. This album achieved Gold status in Australia. The album reached 25 of 101 in the Kerrang! end of year list.
February 2014, saw the band announce that they would be playing on the main stage of the Vans Warped Tour. [songkick.com]
Stick To Your Guns Biography
Stick to Your Guns is an American hardcore band from Orange County, California who formed in 2003 and consists of Jesse Barnett, George Schmitz, Chris Rawson, Andrew Rose and Josh James.
Frontman Jesse Barnett formed the band and has worked with a whole series of musicians over the years but the classic line up of Stick To Your Guns is made up of Schmitz, Rawson, Rose and James. They released their debut album 'For What It's Worth' in 2005 with the Century Media record label. Two more albums followed this as the band began to tour the States and their fan base grew larger and larger. [songkick.com]
Their most successful album release to date came in 2012 and was titled 'Diamond'. It achieved the chart positions of #1 on the Heetseekers chart, #11 for Hard Rock Albums and #30 on the US Rock charts. For a while it also sat atop the iTunes top 10 rock chart. It featured some of the band's most well known singles such as 'Bringing You Down (A New World Overthrow)' 'Against Them All' and 'Beyond the Sun'. Due to the successes of this release the band were invited to be part of the 2013 Warped tour.
Their anticipated follow up album titled 'Disobedient' is pencilled in for February 10 2015 release. They announced that it will feature a number of guest vocalists such Scott Vogel of Terror, Toby Morse of H2O and Walter of Rotting Out and one single has been released from this so far titled 'Nobody' which won rave reviews. [songkick.com]
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