Parkway Drive US Atlas Tour
April 17th, 2013 at the House of Blues in Cleveland, the Australian juggernaut band Parkway Drive visited during their US tour supporting their new album “Atlas”. Alongside them was some very popular up and coming bands such as The Word Alive, Veil of Maya, and While She Sleeps.
To start the night off, While She Sleeps was the first band up. Hailing from the United Kingdom, While She Sleeps definitely has a stage presence that will catch your attention. Even with a short setlist, they put everything they had into their songs. Constantly jumping around the stage, head-banging for breakdowns and getting the whole crowd pumped for the bands still yet to come. This band has been raising some eyebrows during their short career but all for the best. They have a lot going for them and this is a band worth seeing. I highly recommend them and you can catch them on this year’s Warped Tour line-up.\
Next up would be Veil of Maya. Now for those who have never even heard of Veil of Maya, this is a band you should checkout if you enjoy heavy technical music. After seeing these guys a few times, it still has not grown old. Sadly they had a short setlist also but once again they did not waste a single second. Watching their performance on stage will definitely put a smile on your face. Mainly because all four of the band members are smiling the entire time while they play. With all the crazy techno sounds and flashing lights going on you just can’t help yourself but get pumped and excited. Veil of Maya was non-stop action from start to finish and literally had the entire crowd off their feet.
After Veil of Maya was The Word Alive. The Word Alive has quickly made their way up to the top in such a short time frame. One of the big reasons was recruiting their newest drummer Luke Holland who was a Youtube sensation with his drum covers. The kid has skills no doubt but he had to hold back on all his crazy drumstick flips so he can play the songs. Seeing The Word Alive just come out on stage was actually an odd view because they look like they just came out of high school but they have made a successful career out of playing shows so far. In retrospect, I was hoping to see some older songs of theirs but they strictly played their new album “Life Cycles” which came out sometime last year. Overall they had a solid performance and the crowd had a very positive reaction so you can’t say that they didn’t do a good job, but they couldn’t even come close to the performance that Parkway Drive pulled out.
After three pretty solid performances, Parkway Drive had a lot to top. After some technical difficulties with their equipment, the show finally starts. In my personal opinion, I don’t think anyone (including myself) knew what was about to become of this show. All you heard was the intro “Sparks” kick in from their newest album “Atlas” which came out late last year. The crowd was shouting at the top of their lungs just waiting to see the band walkout onto the stage. Finally the band comes out. The next song kicks in, the entire floor opens, and the show went insane. I’m not over exaggerating when I say the ENTIRE floor filled with people was non-stop moshing and singing. Parkway Drive is straight out of Australia and they rarely visit the United States so this was like making up for lost time. To see these five friends, not just a band, friends who have been that way for who knows how long come out and go absolutely insane like that was unreal. They didn’t look like any other band nowadays. They looked like surfers but can still play metal. After releasing four professional albums (also a demo album and a split EP) within a ten year span is insane for one band. They have never disappointed and they have always strived to keep improving every single time. That show in Cleveland proved that they just keep getting better. They played a mixture of old and new stuff to keep the fans pleased. Constantly getting the crowd to help sing songs and get some of the craziest pits and crowd surfers going to was unlike any show I’ve seen in quite awhile. Just seeing this show was such an experience that is hard to explain everything, you just have to see it for yourself.