Parkway Drive - Reverence North American Tour 2018

Phenomenon Concerts & Pro Motion Presents

Parkway Drive - Reverence North American Tour 2018

August Burns Red, The Devil Wears Prada, Polaris

Sat, Sep 22, 2018

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Rialto Theatre

Tucson, AZ

$35.00

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This event is all ages

Parkway Drive
Parkway Drive
Byron Bay's brightest, Parkway Drive, is now an international force, seizing the worldwide crown through sheer determination, force of will and undeniable musicality. It's all courtesy of pulverizing but unforgettably catchy riffs, vocals that connect on levels that are at once urgent and visceral and a groundswell of support with fans and press that stretches across several continents. Whether headlining throughout the world or stealing the show at festivals ranging from Download to Sonisphere, Parkway Drive has earned a reputation as one of the most vitally important bands of the modern metal age.

New Musical Express, Alternative Press, Metal Hammer and countless other publications have recognized what the worldwide underground has long known: Parkway Drive has perfected the special blend of heavy histrionics and crowd-participation-inducing connectivity so many bands aspire toward yet too few achieve.

The band's fourth album, Atlas, may conjure the image of the classic muscle-bound man of the same name balancing the weight of the Earth on his shoulders... But Parkway Drive has the world in their palm.

Killing with a Smile grabbed the attention of the group's peers in North America and Europe in 2005 even as it catapulted Parkway Drive to be the standard bearers of Metalcore in their native Australia. By the time Horizons arrived two years later, Parkway had gone from being a "band's band" outside their home territory to a force to be reckoned with alongside the genre's biggest stars. Nonstop touring and the continued development of one of the rare groups whose lineup has defied genre convention by barely ever fracturing resulted in 2010's Deep Blue, which cracked the Top 40 in America and debuted at #2 in Australia, where it eventually went gold and won an ARIA award.

In a 2010 cover story, metal tastemaker Kerrang! declared Parkway Drive "The Band You Need To Hear Right Now!," going on to write, "Want one band to get excited about and believe in? It's time to get acquainted with the Aussie metalcore mob Parkway Drive."

Throughout their career, Parkway Drive has worked with the best and brightest producers in the field, including Killswitch guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz (Underoath, Shadows Fall, Unearth) and Joe Baressi (Tool, Coheed and Cambria, Bad Religion). For Atlas, the band convened in Los Angeles with Matt Hyde (Slayer, Children Of Bodom, Hatebreed) to craft their most defining work, assembling the most important components of what's come before with brand new elements and flavor.

On Atlas, Parkway Drive has achieved an improbable victory that so often eludes bands: they've retained the classic elements of their sound while broadening their horizons with new textures and dynamics. Parkway Drive has managed to avoid being stale, to evolve, without compromising their identity. They have figured out a way to stay true to both their own creative muses and the expectations of their most loyal fans simultaneously. It's a feat to be admired by all comers.

Parkway Drive is armed with some of the most upfront and confrontational Metalcore material the world has ever known, balanced with jaw-dropping turns into lush terrain even as they are constantly solidifying their hard-won position as leaders in the field. Always hungry, always filled with ambition, Parkway Drive is embraced by heavy music enthusiasts in places as diverse as China and India, as chronicled on their gold-selling DVD, Home is for the Heartless.

2013 saw the band release their first ever book, Ten Years of Parkway Drive, which documents their decade of chart-topping, road-burning, globetrotting adventures. Meticulously compiled and edited by Callum Preston, the book contains hundreds of photographs gathered from the Parkway Drive archive, the majority of them never seen before.

The dazzling array of full-colour photos, poster art, newspaper articles and magazine covers are accompanied by personal recollections from the band members, their mates, and those who've been alongside them every step of the way.

Across all four albums and year-round onstage, to their supportive fans worldwide, Parkway Drive is passion personified.
August Burns Red
August Burns Red
There are a galaxy's worth of metal bands active today. But stare at all of those stars long enough and some lines start to form; everything starts to take shape. The Constellations begin to bloom.

Just two years ago, Lancaster, PA's August Burns Red were, to the naked eye, just another young band jockeying for position in the modern metal scene. Then came Messengers, the band's 2007 full-length release for Solid State Records, and a new frontrunner emerged. Without hype, devoid of any smoke and mirrors, the album debuted at 81 on the Billboard charts, going on to ever-so-quietly sell more than 80,000 copies. Fueled only by the honesty and dynamism of the music, fans multiplied exponentially, driving ABR's MySpace plays well past the 17 million mark and flocking to the band's 2008 headlining tour – which included sold-out venues across the country.

Meanwhile, August Burns Red kept their heads down, conquering fans at Warped Tour, on the Take Action tour and at destinations from Dubai to Dallas, and increased their profile through placement of their beloved take on "Carol of the Bells" on the movie trailer for "The Spirit." The band also packed up their Phillies T-shirts and ever-present flip-flops and headed overseas for a tour of 12 countries throughout the UK and Europe. The star was shining bright. "It's extremely encouraging to see your band growing," says guitarist and primary songwriter JB Brubaker with characteristic modesty. "It helps keep you motivated and forces you to set the bar higher so that you can continue to grow and put out the best music you're capable of writing."

To that end – the band returned to the studio this past February to record its hotly anticipated follow-up with lauded producer Jason Suecof (Sevendust, All That Remains, Trivium). Fans flocked to the band's in-studio Stickam site by the tens of thousands to observe the band recording the album in real time. The result was Constellations, the third full-length offering from August Burns Red, set for release on July 14. A crushing metal tour de force, the album pushes ABR's trademark aural blitz into directions previously unexplored by the band. "We spread our creative wings a bit on Constellations," says JB. "But I can say for sure that this record will definitely be as unrelenting as our previous ones." Accenting the blistering guitar work and syncopated breakdowns that August Burns Red fans have grown to love are dynamics previously unexplored by the band. Constellations features more diverse tempos and cohesive song compositions than on previous ABR records, as well as the band's maiden voyage to the land of guitar solos.

"We've managed to push ourselves as musicians, as lyricists and performers," says drummer Matt Greiner. "As a whole, I feel like we're expanding, reinterpreting and refining our sound." That kind of sonic wanderlust has pushed August Burns Red since the members first united in 2003 while still in high school. Armed with fearless innovation, uncanny technical ability and an innate near-classical songwriting style, the band started turning heads immediately upon the release of its 2005 Solid State debut, Thrill Seeker. The band's 2007 sleeper hit, Messengers, minted ABR as one of the pacesetters of the next generation of metal bands. The band has already proven to be the type that gets kids to put down Guitar Hero and pick up an actual guitar – look no further than the number of bands on MySpace that list ABR as an influence. With Constellations, that swelling army of fans will make sure that there's a racket from day one. "I am probably as excited for Constellations to come out as our most diehard fans," Brubaker exclaims. "I'd like to think there is something for everyone on the new album."

Already one of the year's most anticipated metal albums, Constellations will make good on the promise of the past two years, and will serve as proof-positive that August Burns Red's success is no mere solar flare-up. This supernova's here to stay.
The Devil Wears Prada
The Devil Wears Prada
The Devil Wears Prada is the musical embodiment of a generational shift. Built on a diverse array of heavy, dark, melodic and genre-defying music; hardened and sharpened by putting in road work together since the days when they had to skip class to tour: The Devil Wears Prada is at the forefront of a movement that bridges the gap between Rockstar Mayhem and the Vans Warped Tour.

The passionately inspired band's brand new album for Roadrunner Records, cryptically titled 8:18, embodies an unflinching, uncompromising authenticity born from revelatory introspection and obsessive workmanship. The dichotomies are refreshing, invigorating and boundless. There's an oppressive, suffocating darkness to their heavy music, counterbalanced by the hope within their collective faith. The most brutal of crowd-moving breakdowns ignite with friction, bristling against soaring melodies, progressive yet catchy riffing and keyboard soaked atmospheric esotericism. To put it simply: The Devil Wears Prada have developed the chops, the cred and the audience of a true-blue thinking person's heavy metal band, while simultaneously welcoming fist-pumping hellraisers and youthful moshers alike. 8:18 continues the war against humanity's dark urges, pointing the finger inward and outward through a medium that is itself both bleak and grand.

"Much of the heavy music around us suffers from a total lack of emotion. It's sort of losing an audible sense of sincerity," observes vocalist Mike Hranica. "The guitars, the drums, the songs themselves create that sorrow that I want the lyrics to tell on 8:18. And I made sure that my vocals created emotions that I have heard in post-hardcore, but that I rarely hear in breakdown-heavy metal bands like us."

Guitarist Chris Rubey concurs. "If I listen to the title track and I'm in the right mood, I will tear up because of the lyrics and vibe of the song," he confesses. "What Mike is saying with all of his lyrics on this album is extremely powerful."

The overriding theme on 8:18 is misery, exploring that mental and emotional state through its various guises, manifestations and interpretations. Tracks like Gloom, War, Black & Blue and Home for Grave spring forth from that foundation, exploiting concepts like mediocrity, existential angst and life's bigger questions under an atmosphere of musical dread, hostility and darkness.

Mike Hranica is blessed with a commanding roar, but infuses the proceedings with a literary sensibility, a commitment to self-evaluation and a painstaking modesty that levels the playing field between performer and listener beneath the surface.

Principal songwriter and guitarist Rubey is an accomplished producer in his own right. Rubey brings all of that experience to the table with his band through an understanding of the group's fans, the result of multiple hours spent pouring through social media, YouTube comments and online forums. It all coalesces into creative leaps that are intertwined withThe Devil Wears Prada's established identity. As he squeezes out his self-described "ADD" compositions, Rubey challenges himself not to repeat the past, both in and out of TDWP.

"All the way through our last album, I had a giant bank of songs. I was going back to material I had written when I was still in high school," Rubey explains. "I had run out of material. This new one is the first album where I had to start from scratch. We already had a bank of like 60 songs and I knew these songs had to be better than all of them. By the time we had 13 songs together, I was able to listen to them and I was like, 'We did it.' It felt like a struggle to write the entire album, but once it was finished, it hit me and I'm so incredibly happy with it."

Rhythm guitarist Jeremy DePoyster contributes the hook-laden underbelly to Prada's brutal musical beast, handling the "clean" singing with a fine-tuned abandon to rival the pop stars dominating the charts. He grew up listening to Rob Zombie and Korn, but his iPod these days is packed with just about everything one can name. His singing vocals shine particularly on 'Care More,' a heavily electronics infused song with a dark mood. "There's so much of this crappy auto-tuned singing thing happening right now. It's disappointing to me because I've been singing since I was a kid," DePoyster says. "We all know what auto-tune is and we all use it to get things to work a little better, but when I hear things that are using it just as a crutch, that is extremely disappointing to me. Mike does a lot of passionate, raw, vibey screaming on this record, too. It's great."

Andy Trick has a Minor Threat-inspired tattoo that exhibits his early inclinations toward hardcore punk, an ethos and a mindset that still courses through the bass player's veins even as he takes the stage playing guitar-driven metal music around the world. His bass playing anchors the theatrics and fluid, tasteful beats of Daniel Williams. Prada's drummer carries the class and finesse of the indie crowd, while pummeling the drums with the power of metal's finest. "Since the beginning, we have liked breakdowns, we have liked heavy sounds, we have liked melodic singing, we have liked heavy metal in general," notes Hranica. "Those are the most basic fundamentals of what this band has been about."

The overseeing hand of executive producer and Killswitch Engage axeman Adam Dutkiewicz (August Burns Red, Shadows Fall, Parkway Drive) and producer Matt Goldman (Underoath, The Chariot, As Cities Burn) resulted in a sonic time capsule representing not only this present moment for TDWP, but a crossroads for heavy music itself. Progressive strains of experimental trailblazers Converge, Botch and Underoath seep beneath The Devil Wears Prada's unique reverse-engineering of modern metal. 8:18 convincingly detours into Nine Inch Nails-isms, then comes full circle with some killer throwbacks to TDWP's earliest work.

"We love a lot of the records Matt has made and obviously we love Adam and he's a great friend," DePoyster points out. "Adam was very involved in doing the vocal stuff with Mike and I and had given us ideas when we were making demos. Both of those guys were great with us and were able to make contributions and make us think about things in different ways without making us uncomfortable.

With 8:18, The Devil Wears Prada cement their status as a band who have not only weathered the pressures of early, youthful popularity, but grown into masters of their craft. From album packaging to merchandising, from video production to stage lighting, The Devil Wears Prada are hands-on and pay excruciating attention to detail to ensure they always deliver their best, that their overwhelming passion will endure. They push themselves to create a lasting work that inspires, empowers and challenges, in equal measure.

"At the risk of sounding cocky, this band is my favorite band," Rubey declares.

"We're not kids who just want to hit the road and see where this goes," adds DePoyster. "We're making a conscious choice to do this because we love it."

The Devil Wears Prada are unwavering in their commitment to each other, their fans, their art, their higher calling toward truth and to their desire to engage. The emotion remains sincere, the musicianship supreme.
Polaris
Polaris
POLARIS is a five-piece metalcore band from Sydney's south. Following up their 2013 debut EP 'Dichotomy', January 2016 sees the band releasing their sophomore EP 'The Guilt & The Grief', which they will showcase as they support Stories on "The Youth To Become Tour" throughout Feb/March.

In early 2017, Polaris signed to Resist Records and in November 2017 the band released their debut album 'The Mortal Coil'.
Venue Information:
Rialto Theatre
318 E. Congress Street
Tucson, AZ, 85701
http://rialtotheatre.com/