The best of today’s metalcore. Parkway Drive confirmed their status convincingly last year at the Graspop Metal Meeting. “What. A. Concert.”, wrote Humo. “They blend a sing-along factor with a believable intensity”, said De Standaard. Parkway Drive formed in 2003 on the eponymous street in Byron Bay, a celebrated surfer’s paradise in Australia. The band decided to create a blend of hardcore punk and hard rock, which was an immediate hit with their home crowd. Next, the quintet made for the United States with the intent of conquering the world. And that’s exactly what they did from ‘Ire’ (2015) on, an album that evokes strong memories of Rage Against The Machine. Their latest, ‘Reverence’ (2018) is, according to connoisseurs, right there with Metallica’s Black Album. There’s also a Belgian connection: the sleeve is a detail from a painting by Peter Paul Rubens. Fresh from a stunning show in Vorst Nationaal, and now at Rock Werchter this summer.