Deep Blue (album)

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Deep Blue
Studio album by Parkway Drive
Released 25 June 2010 (2010-06-25)
Recorded 23 March – 18 April 2010 in Los Angeles
Genre Metalcore[1]
Length 43:46
Label Resist, Epitaph, Burning Heart
Producer Joe Barresi
Parkway Drive chronology
Horizons
(2007)
Deep Blue
(2010)
Atlas
(2012)
Singles from Deep Blue
  1. "Sleepwalker"
    Released: 4 June 2010
  2. "Karma"
    Released: 7 April 2011
  3. "Unrest"
    Released: 2 September 2011

Deep Blue is the third album by Australian metalcore band Parkway Drive. It was recorded in Los Angeles, California and was released on 29 June 2010 through Epitaph Records. The album debuted at number 2 on the ARIA charts and at number 39 on the Billboard 200 chart. It is Parkway Drive's most critically acclaimed release, having a three-year separation between their previous album, Horizons. It won the 2010 ARIA Award for Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album and has been certified gold in sales by the ARIA.

Writing and recording[edit]

The recording of the album was done during March – April, the writing was done in the band’s hometown of Byron Bay over six months.[2] on the announcement the album on Parkway Drive Myspace blog vocalist and lyricist Winston McCall explained the narrative running through Deep Blue "It’s basically about the search for truth in a world that seems to be devoid of that," . "The story is told through the eyes of a man who wakes up and realises that his life is a lie and nothing he believes in is real. So he tries to find the truth within himself and his journey takes him to the bottom of the ocean and back again. The song 'Alone' is a summary of the story Deep Blue tells.".[3]

Release and promotion[edit]

On 18 May Parkway Drive put the track Sleepwalker up on their Myspace profile and also stated that the album is available for preorder and preview through iTunes.[4] The filming for the video "Sleepwalker" took place in Brisbane, Australia and Kevin Call from Comeback Kid plays a cameo role. On 16 June, Unrest was released for streaming on Parkway Drive's official Myspace. On 18 June, the album had been leaked onto various Internet peer to peer sites. Subsequently, on 19 June the entire album had been leaked onto streaming websites such as YouTube. On 16 May 2011, Deep blue was announced to have gone gold, as approved by the ARIA Charts[5]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Absolutepunk (84%)[6]
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Alternative Press 4.5/5 stars[7]
Rock Sound (9/10)[8]
Pop Matters 6/10 stars[9]

Deep Blue has received critical acclaim. The NewReview gave the album a 4.5 out of 5 and stated "Deep Blue is truly a groundbreaking album. Parkway Drive has unfurled a masterfully crafted, distinct, and intensely heavy work of art which has set the standard for all others in the industry."[10] Rock Sound ranked it as the 42nd best album of the year,[11] stating that the album was "more organic, less restricted and intriguing in its use of dynamic range, Deep Blue provides all the anthems required to keep the fan base devoted with enough room for the occasional deviation or excursions into the metallic wild that may just turn a few new heads in their direction.".[8]

Sleepwalker came in at Number 97 in the Triple J Hottest 100, 2010[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Samsara"   1:45
2. "Unrest"   2:19
3. "Sleepwalker"   4:01
4. "Wreckage"   3:21
5. "Deadweight"   3:47
6. "Alone"   4:30
7. "Pressures"   3:22
8. "Deliver Me"   4:13
9. "Karma"   3:49
10. "Home Is for the Heartless"   4:08
11. "Hollow"   3:00
12. "Leviathan I"   3:49
13. "Set to Destroy"   1:34
Total length:
43:46

Charts[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Parkway Drive
Additional personnel
Production

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Phil Freeman. "Deep Blue – Parkway Drive | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Epitaph (16 March 2010). "Album announcement on Epitaph". Epitaph. Retrieved 2 June 2010. 
  3. ^ Parkway Drive, (13 May 2010). "Blog which detailed the release dates and background of the album". Myspace. Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  4. ^ Parkway Drive (18 May 2010). "Sleepwalker and Itunes blog". Myspace. Retrieved 18 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Parkway Drive\'s \'Deep Blue\' goes gold | News". Kill Your Stereo. Retrieved 23 December 2011. 
  6. ^ Drew Beringer (29 June 2010). "Parkway Drive - Deep Blue - Album Reviews - Absolutepunk.net". Absolutepunk. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  7. ^ Dan Slessor (29 June 2012). "Alternative Press | Reviews | Parkway Drive – Deep Blue". Alternative Press. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Andrew Kelham (25 June 2010). "Parkway Drive – Deep Blue | Reviews | Rocksound". Rock Sound. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  9. ^ Chris Colgan (16 July 2010). "Parkway Drive: Deep Blue > Pop Matters". Pop Matters. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  10. ^ In the UK, Metal Hammer magazine awarded the album a highly positive 9/10, remarking that it would be "revered".Gannaio, Anthony (10 June 2010), "Parkway Drive – Deep Blue", The NewReview, retrieved 10 June 2010 
  11. ^ "Top 75 Albums Of 2010 Part Five: 45-31". Rock Sound. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  12. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2011 Albums". ARIA. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "Parkway Drive - Deep Blue". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  14. ^ ":: MTV | Album Top 50 KW 51 | charts". Mtv.de. 29 September 2011. Retrieved 23 December 2011. 
  15. ^ "The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Rianz.org.nz. Retrieved 23 December 2011. 
  16. ^ "Parkway Drive - Deep Blue". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  17. ^ a b c d "Deep Blue - Parkway Drive". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-06-22. 
  18. ^ "Gold & Platinum Certification". Australian Recording Industry Association.