Building from right where they left off with their incredible release Deep Blue, Parkway Drive have finally given us a glimpse of the upcoming Atlas in “Dark Days,” the album’s first single. This track explores the pollution and death of our planet, with Winston McCall screaming lines like “How will you justify, justify watching the world die/I can’t watch it burn.” It’s such a refreshing experience to listen to a song that contains lyrics that matter, especially in heavy music. Once again, Parkway Drive have redefined the genre and officially left their peers in the dust.
“Dark Days” starts out deceptively slow, before exploding into a full-fledged head-banger. The musicianship and timing is of expert quality, but the real joy is McCall’s vocals and the deep, meaningful lyrics. It’s not often that I feel anything emotionally stimulating with music like this, but this isn’t a typical song. It succeeds in making me think and in making me want to open up a pit in the middle of my living room. It’s like being punched in the face by Al Gore, in a very good way.
Of course, some will note that the song isn’t as “fast” or “totally br00tal” as their previous work, but this is completely irrelevant. Parkway Drive are still top-notch musicians making music that’s true to their roots, which is really all that can be asked of them. “Dark Days” is an incredible teaser to Atlas, and has made the wait so much more unbearable. Keep your eyes open, as Parkway Drive may be on the brink of releasing their masterpiece.