Ire (album)

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Ire
Parkway Drive 2015 - Ire.jpg
Studio album by
Released25 September 2015 (2015-09-25)
RecordedFebruary–May 2015
Studio
Genre
Length48:24
LabelResist, Epitaph
ProducerGeorge Hadji-Christou
Parkway Drive chronology
Atlas
(2012)
Ire
(2015)
Reverence
(2018)
Singles from Ire
  1. "Vice Grip"
    Released: 8 June 2015
  2. "Crushed"
    Released: 24 August 2015
  3. "The Sound of Violence"
    Released: 14 September 2015
  4. "Devil's Calling"
    Released: 18 July 2016
  5. "Bottom Feeder"
    Released: 22 September 2016

Ire is the fifth studio album by Australian metalcore band Parkway Drive. The album was released on 25 September 2015, through Resist Records and Epitaph Records,[2][3] and was streamed online on 20 September. The band sought to change their established style with Ire, and reviewers have noted the inclusion of new influences.

Promotion and release[edit]

Ire was announced on 8 June 2015, when the first song from the album, "Vice Grip", was released, accompanied by a music video.[4] On 24 August, Parkway Drive released a second song, "Crushed", also accompanied by a video.[5] On 14 September, the band released a third song, "The Sound of Violence".[6] On 20 September, the album was streamed online in its entirety.[1][7][8]

Throughout 2015, the band headlined tours across Australia and the United States in support of the album.[citation needed] In May 2016, they supported A Day to Remember on their Just Some Shows tour of the U.S.[9] On July 15, the band released a Deluxe Edition of the album, with 2 new tracks and a remix of the song "A Deathless Song" with guest vocals by Tonight Alive's Jenna McDougall.[10]

Reception, musical style and themes[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Impericon93%[11]
Rolling Stone Australia4/5 stars[12]

Ire marks a change from the style established on the band's previous records.[13][14] In an interview with Music Feeds, frontman Winston McCall stated: "...in the past ... [when] we took the influence we had and then we put it into the context of what the Parkway Drive formula was, then that influence got mixed or buried or lost amongst the other stuff. This time around when any influence or unorthodox idea came about we simply ran with it in its whole form and tried to form a concept around that, rather than try to squash it into the pre-existing formula. That became basically the conceptual approach for making this entire record. ... When you’re playing the same style of riff, the same drumming, the same vocals and same breakdowns for ten years, what point is there in people listening to your new record or even recording one if it sounds the exact same as the last one?"[13]

The album has been described as moving "away from the shackles of 'metalcore'",[7] as well as representing a "refreshing take on metalcore"[1] and being "decidedly more metal than metal-core on the whole"[15] and reminiscent of '80s metal.[11] Connor McKenzie of Rip It Up calls Rage Against the Machine an influence on the album's direction, both musically and lyrically,[14] with the album being centred thematically around anger as an appropriate reaction to the state of human society.[13][14] Jaymz Clements of Rolling Stone Australia stated that "the epic sweep of lead single "Vice Grip", the piano-led ponderous stomp of "Writings on the Wall" and the shiny bounce of "Vicious" ... showcase a muscular power-metal edge to [Parkway Drive]."[12] Brenton Harris of Music Feeds described "Destroyer" as showcasing "Jeff Ling and Luke Kilpatrick's harmonised classic metal riffs clashing against a ferocious backdrop", said that "Dying To Believe"'s "chaotic juxtaposition of death-metal rhythmic patterns in the verses and pit-call inciting half-time chorus hit like a napalm bomb ..., simultaneously calling to mind Lamb of God, Slayer and Slipknot" and highlighted the "nu-metal tinged stomp of 'Writings on the Wall' ... which integrates spoken-word vocals, piano and classical instrumentation".[15]

The album was included at number 21 on Rock Sound's top 50 releases of 2015 list.[16]

Touring[edit]

Parkway Drive have announced they will be touring Australia, North America and Europe (and doing one show in Auckland)[17] in support of Ire. On the Australian leg of the tour, they will be supported by Thy Art Is Murder, Memphis May Fire and the Word Alive.[18] On the NA leg, they will be supported by Miss May I, Thy Art Is Murder and In Hearts Wake.[19] On the European leg, they will be supported by Bury Tomorrow in the United Kingdom and Architects in the rest of Europe, alongside Thy Art Is Murder.[20][21] Suicide Silence was originally supposed to appear on the Australian leg in place of Thy Art Is Murder,[22] but they dropped to support Korn on their 20th anniversary tour.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Destroyer"4:47
2."Dying to Believe"3:12
3."Vice Grip"4:23
4."Crushed"4:36
5."Fractures"5:32
6."Writings on the Wall"4:23
7."Bottom Feeder"4:20
8."The Sound of Violence"3:24
9."Vicious"4:20
10."Dedicated"3:22
11."A Deathless Song"5:54
Total length:48:24

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[24] 1
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[25] 11
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[26] 16
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[27] 45
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[28] 22
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[29] 75
French Albums (SNEP)[30] 166
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[31] 8
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[32] 15
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[33] 60
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[34] 12
UK Albums (OCC)[35] 23
US Billboard 200[36] 29
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[37] 1
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[38] 4

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[39] 44

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ a b c Pasbani, Robert (21 September 2015). "PARKWAY DRIVE Stream New Album, Ire". Metal Injection. Retrieved 23 September 2015. These guys are a refreshing take on metalcore and I'm into it.
  2. ^ "Parkway Drive Announce Ire and Australian Tour". www.resistrecords.com. Resist Records. 9 June 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Parkway Drive – Ire". epitaph.com. Epitaph Records. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Parkway Drive announce new album, premiere song". lambgoat.com. Lambgoat. 8 June 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  5. ^ Leak, Brian (24 August 2015). "Parkway Drive release video for new single "Crushed"". altpress.com. Alternative Press. Retrieved 23 September 2015. Featuring elements of nu-metal and a tinge of rap-rock, "Crushed" is a heavy ripper with elaborate visuals to match.
  6. ^ Sharp, Tyler (14 September 2015). "Parkway Drive bring metalcore alive on "Sound of Violence"". altpress.com. Alternative Press. Retrieved 15 September 2015. Parkway Drive have premiered the third single from their upcoming studio album, Ire. “Sound Of Violence” is a raw, abrasive trip back to metalcore's roots, and yet it still manages to maintain a sense of the band’s signature sonic force.
  7. ^ a b "Parkway Drive stream Ire album in full". Metal Hammer. TeamRock. 20 September 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  8. ^ "20 September 2015". Parkway Drive on Facebook. Retrieved 23 September 2015. Head on over to the Epitaph Twitch channel to listen to our album IRE for the first time ever.
  9. ^ Emily (February 3, 2016). "A Day To Remember Announce U.S. Shows With Parkway Drive And State Champs". Kerrang!. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
  10. ^ http://www.kerrang.com/44340/parkway-drive-ire-deluxe-edition/
  11. ^ a b Marcel (1 September 2015). "IRE - Parkway Drive". Impericon. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  12. ^ a b Clements, Jaymz (23 September 2015). "Parkway Drive – Ire". Rolling Stone Australia. Retrieved 23 September 2015. Ire is Parkway Drive in their natural state: uncompromising and brutal.
  13. ^ a b c Harris, Brenton (22 September 2015). "Parkway Drive Talk Vision Behind New Album 'Ire' & The Power Of Anger". Music Feeds. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  14. ^ a b c McKenzie, Connor (21 September 2015). "Parkway Drive: 'Anger is what needs to be felt'". Rip It Up. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  15. ^ a b Harris, Brenton. "Parkway Drive – Ire". Music Feeds. Retrieved 23 September 2015. Ire is decidedly more metal than metal-core on the whole...
  16. ^ Bird, ed. 2016, p. 26
  17. ^ "Ire New Zealand tour 2015". Parkway Drive on Facebook. 19 June 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  18. ^ "Ire Australian tour 2015". Parkway Drive on Facebook. 23 September 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  19. ^ "Ire North American tour 2015". Parkway Drive on Facebook. 31 August 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  20. ^ "Ire European/United Kingdom tour 2015". Parkway Drive on Facebook. 7 September 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  21. ^ Emily (7 September 2015). "Parkway Drive Confirm UK/European Tour Support". Kerrang!. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  22. ^ "Ire Australian tour 2015". Parkway Drive on Facebook. 9 June 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  23. ^ "Ire – Parkway Drive". Discogs. September 25, 2015. Retrieved September 25, 2015.
  24. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Parkway Drive – Ire". Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  25. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Parkway Drive – Ire" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  26. ^ "Ultratop.be – Parkway Drive – Ire" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  27. ^ "Ultratop.be – Parkway Drive – Ire" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  28. ^ "Parkway Drive Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  29. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Parkway Drive – Ire" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  30. ^ "Lescharts.com – Parkway Drive – Ire". Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  31. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  32. ^ "Charts.nz – Parkway Drive – Ire". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  33. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Parkway Drive – Ire". Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  34. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Parkway Drive – Ire". Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  35. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  36. ^ "Parkway Drive Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 6 October 2015.
  37. ^ "Parkway Drive Chart History (Top Hard Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  38. ^ "Parkway Drive Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  39. ^ "ARIA Charts - End of Year Charts - Top 100 Albums 2015". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
Sources
  • Bird, Ryan, ed. (January 2016). "Top 50 Releases of the Year". Rock Sound. London: Freeway Press Inc. (208). ISSN 1465-0185.

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