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September 9 street date. In the kitchen of the Byron Bay home of Winston McCall stands a refrigerator, adorned on one side by a quote from Tom Waits: "I want beautiful melodies telling me terrible things". This, the Parkway Drive vocalist says, is a pretty good summation of himself. It holds true, too, as one of the guiding principles behind "Darker Still", the seventh full-length album to be born of this picturesque and serene corner of northeastern NSW, Australia, and the defining musical statement to date from one of modern metal's most revered bands.
"Darker Still", McCall says, is the vision he and his bandmates have held in their mind's eye since a misfit group of friends first convened in their parents' basements and backyards in 2003. The journey to reach this moment has seen Parkway evolve from metal underdogs to festival-headlining behemoth, off the back of close to 20 gruelling years, six critically and commercially acclaimed studio albums, three documentaries, one live album, and many, many thousands of shows. While "Darker Still" remains irrefutably Parkway Drive, it finds the band sonically standing shoulder to shoulder with rock and metal's greats as much as it does their metalcore contemporaries.