Tonight I experienced the ocean, in a way I never knew was possible.
I was drenched from swimming in it’s waters, exhausted from waves crashing on me, and smiling from seeing the Horizons at the end.
Naturally I’m not talking about the beach, but Byron Bay’s own Parkway Drive.
In celebration of 10 years of their album Horizons, the boys tackled UNIFY with full bore and then sold out every capital city in Australia three times over for some smaller club shows. Needless to say, this was something I had to grab by the throat and gore myself on.
So whilst I was armed with the metaphorical surfboard, I had no idea of the intensity of moshing and slamming around I was getting myself into. This show was not for the faint of heart. The opening acts of Brissy locals Initiate Jericho were damned if they didn’t have a pit going. If you like you’re heavy with a side of titanium and a dessert of deathcore, hit them up.
Polaris truly opened up the possibilities for the show, As tightly packed as you could’ve been in the Tivoli sold out, there was crowd surfing, circle pits and even a gargantuan wall of death. Their tracks hit hard and fast, to pave a bed of sand amongst us.
A full 30 minutes we experienced why they were killing it with the riptide surging out of their sounds. Such pure blessings from a screaming demon and a fallen angel’s singsong, echoed in my head above the tinnitus after their set.
As the last chord was sounded, the snare slapped and the growl escaping Jamie’s lips, I felt a hot sweat break out across my brow. Already I was done in, after a mere hour of action.
“It can’t possibly get harder than this, surely”
Oh Patch, how naive you were that night!
If there is one thing that Parkway Drive have mastered over the years it is how to rile their brothers and sisters into action. As the first track of Horizon’s boomed over my head, I looked up to find them, standing there, waiting. Like the calm before the storm.
And that storm broke the sky and tore the ocean bed into something from a surfer’s dream.
My feet left the ground as I lost control of my lungs, breath to fuel my renewed throat. Only to be torn apart screaming along with the salty sting of Winston’s call to action.
Jeff Ling and Luke Kilpatrick for me were something I couldn’t take my eyes off. Fingers seemed to slow down in time, so I could lock onto every single note of what was nothing but the happy rages of Byron Bay’s coast. Ben Gordon on the kit, as always, nothing can hold that man back. The constant pummeling of kick and snare was the rumbling winds and spray of water breaking on the rocks of guitar riff. Jia’s bass was that force of air, the ocean fighting us back as we swam with and against the currents.
As the whole album was played, with a select few fan favourites thrown in like Wild Eyes and Vice Grip, we collectively became that ocean for the music to surf on. We were battered back and forth, up and down, crowd surfing became a norm much like the Australian beaches on a summer weekend and holiday. Truly, I say to you, it was the most glorious swim I have ever had.
In between songs, Winston entertained us, as the king of the seas would welcome his guest. One story that stuck out for me was that his father used Horizons as his ironing music for the last 10 years since it’s birth. I’d love to see how his clothes looked after that flame of the sea smoothed out his creases. His words were encouraging for us, they brightened all of our spirits and energized us ever more so to continue the storm. The man has that golden tongue that greats like Freddie Mercury had. That power to raise us up with a single hand. Jesus Christ, he’s the golden standard everyone needs to look at for heavy music here days. But even so no one could come close to the kings, no, the Emperors of Heavy.
I came out of that show drenched from head to toe, the tears in my jeans more jagged and widened from the thrashing of the seas I was put through, my head spinning from the fluid loss and workout my body went through.
Yet I smile with a giddy, childish delight. I can’t wait to go surfing in the beach again.
Rogue Rating - 5/5
REMAINING TOUR SHOWS
WEDNESDAY 17 JANUARY - METRO, SYDNEY (Licensed/All Ages) - SOLD OUT!
WITH ALPHA WOLF
THURSDAY 18 JANUARY - METRO, SYDNEY (Licensed/All Ages) - SOLD OUT!
WITH JUSTICE FOR THE DAMNED
FRIDAY 19 JANUARY - METRO, SYDNEY (Licensed/All Ages) - SOLD OUT!
WITH DIAMOND CONSTRUCT
SATURDAY 20 JANUARY - METROPOLIS, FREMANTLE - SOLD OUT!
WITH CURSED EARTH
SUNDAY 21 JANUARY - METROPOLIS, FREMANTLE
Tickets are available from www.oztix.com.au
TUESDAY 23 JANUARY - THE GOV, ADELAIDE - SOLD OUT!
WEDNESDAY 24 JANUARY - THE GOV, ADELAIDE - SOLD OUT!
THURSDAY 25 JANUARY - THE GOV, ADELAIDE - SOLD OUT!
FRIDAY 26 JANUARY - FORUM, MELBOURNE - SOLD OUT!
WITH THORN HILL
SATURDAY 27 JANUARY - FORUM, MELBOURNE
WITH ALPHA WOLF
Tickets are available from www.ticketmaster.com.au
Tickets for the remaining "A Decade Of Horizons" Tour are on sale now.