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Parkway Drive | Atlas

24 Jan

Parkway DriveAlbum Review by: Jeanette LeBlanc

Atlas is the fourth studio album from Australian metal band, Parkway Drive. The album was released through Epitaph Records on October 26th, 2012- with much anticipation. The album begins with an introductory song titled “Sparks” consisting of a blend of serenading acoustics and synthesizing harmonies that help create a peaceful, innocent image before gradually tearing into a combination of powerful guitars and immaculate rough-wet vocals. If this introduction can’t get you excited about the rest of the album, then you should give up on heavy music all together at this point.

The album manages to hold a firm grasp on your attention throughout, especially the song “Wild Eyes”. This song clearly separates itself from the rest. The song begins with emotionally matched; guitar riffs and chanting gang vocals, this combination will have you singing along- even on your first time listening. This song leaves you on the edge of your seat wanting to scream out loud, while the mood takes you from calm and inspired to up and ready for action.

If you are a long-time Parkway Drive fan, it is safe to say that this album comes back full strife. The band has returned with their notorious break-downs and progressive rushes of wanting to throw down. If you have never listened to the band before then it is also safe to say that you are going to fall in love. Parkway Drive seems to have managed to stay true to their fans and their sound in this album while going that extra step above. The band has announced the “Atlas North American Tour” and will be reaching the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto on April 16th with co-headliner While She Sleeps.

I Never Thøught We’d Make it Øut Alive| It’s All in Your Gøød-Bye’s

21 Jan

Underøath @ the Sound Academy, Toronto| Photo Credit: Jeanette LeBlanc

Underøath @ the Sound Academy, Toronto| Photo Credit: Jeanette LeBlanc

Concert Review by: Jeanette LeBlanc

“I really wish I could, reset, rewind”

On Friday January 18th, hundreds of fans piled into the Sound Academy in Toronto to say good-bye to yet another amazing band; UNDERØATH. Myself being a long-time fan, I’d have to say that the only bad part about the show was the fact that they held such an incredible performance- I know you must be thinking that’s not a bad thing, but trust me, when your saying good-bye, it makes it a hell of a lot more difficult.

“This is the moment that we all live for, are you ready?”

The band opened with Viper Pit “Breathing in a New Mentality”, and the crowd really began to warm up. That song was then followed by D-Biz “It’s Dangerous Business Walking out Your Front Door”, by now the crowd was on fire. Bodies were flying everywhere and arms were held high, it was amazing to see so much passion in one venue. There’s something about the way their vocalist Spencer Chamberlain tosses his hair around and throws all of him-self into the microphone, that really engages you. Not to mention the energy of keyboardist Chris Dudley, I found my eyes glued to him for long periods of time- I could truly feel his passion for what he was doing.

“It’s all worth reaching for, the hand to pull you out”

Another amazing contribution that I love about Underøath performances is that they always have incredible lighting effects that they combine with really interesting and relative videography. These effects always stood out during their interludes, they make you feel like you are a part of the music. During “In Division” it almost felt as if I was in the middle of a lighting sound storm (no, I was not on drugs), it was just amazing how the effects can create such a powerful mood.

“Living inside a hole they put me underground, where they can never find me unless they dig me out”

After an amazing combination of new and old songs, the time to say good-bye came and went. While Spencer was thanking everyone and telling us how blessed he felt, I learned that we were the only Canadian show on the tour which in turn made us all feel blessed and appreciative. I think it’s safe to say that we represented Canada in a way that would make any fan proud. Now of course, with Underoath’s farewell speech came an encore; “Casting Such a Thin Shadow”, “A Boy Brushed Red Living in Black and White”, and as per the crowd’s chants, “Writing on the Walls”. Needless to say, they said good-bye in the best way possible. Fans were left satisfied and speechless; the only thought streaming through my head was a constant flow of Underoath lyrics. After leaving the Sound Academy that night, I knew immediately that Underøath was more than just a band- Underøath is an emotional journey for everyone they have touched and they will never end as long as we are willing to continue to let them live on.

“In this moment that we both ignore the truth, it’s all over”