DARKER STILL TOUR
PARKWAY DRIVE, MEMPHIS MAY FIRE,
CURRENTS, DREAD ENGINE
KEMBA LIVE! COLUMBUS, OHIO
FEBRUARY 13, 2023
By Neil Shumate, OOTB Publications
five-piece Parkway Drive did not hesitate to bring the heavy. Pounding
drums, raging guitars, eruptive bass, and ferocious signature vocals
dominated the venue with a mix of the band’s past metalcore hits from Deep Blue, Horizons and current heavy metal thrashing tracks from Reverence and their latest Darker Still.
The band’s moving energy never dissipated and the crowd reciprocated by forming circle pits as if it was Warped 2010. Sporting a black tank top and black pants, vocalist Winston McCall paused after “Prey,” smiling wide and thanking the applauding fans, extending his microphone toward the crowd in a “cheers” motion. Fans crowd surfed toward the brightly lit, fog-filled hazy stage as the head banging, slam dancing riffs raged on throughout.
A do not miss, ferocious tour. After witnessing this performance, fans are even more glad that two-decade-old Parkway Drive (check out band documentary Viva The Underdogs) is here to stay (check out this interview with The Guardian)—the band delivered an impressive, memorable 15-song set that left everyone pleasantly exhausted.
Memphis May Fire lit up the crowd with songs from their recent release Remade In Misery. The band brought metalcore, hard rock and some nu metal style rapping. Spiral lighting projected into the crowd and onto the numerous crowd surfers as lead vocalist Matty Mullins smiled with gratitude. The band closed the set by asking fans to hold their hands up high and scream together; an intense connective release, as if plummeting down a roller coaster.
Currents blasted the venue with metalcore and experimental proggy elements, performing a few new tracks (including “Remember Me,” during which fans waved their arms in unison) from the band’s upcoming album The Death We Seek due out early May, as well as songs from The Way It Ends.
Local heavy metalers Dread Engine opened the show early with devouring vocals and some clean vocals with heavy syncopated breakdowns. The band performed a set that included a solid Lamb Of God cover and their latest video released track “Echoes.”
MEMPHIS MAY FIRE