Parkway Drive Reverence Tour Comes to Denver
On a warm Sunday evening I walked into the sold out Ogden Theater in Denver, CO for an evening that I knew was going to be much hotter inside than the warm weather outside. The Parkway Drive Reverence Tour had made it to Denver. Australia’s own, Parkway Drive was bringing their metalcore sound for all to witness. Supporting them on this tour and also from Australia was Polaris, along with American bands, The Devil Wears Prada and August Burns Red.
First Up, Polaris!
As I headed toward the front of the venue, I noticed almost no activity on the stage. Everything looked ready, the lights were low and backlit with smoke filling the stage and rolling into theater as the fans made their way in. Starting the evening off was Polaris on the heals of one of 2017’s most anticipated heavy releases, ‘The Mortal Coil’ which stunned audiences and critics (including our own critic, Diane Webb who highly praised the album in her review as well) upon its release in November.
Polaris took the stage to an energetic crowd ready for a night of hard-core metal music and they set the tone for what the night was to bring. The band opened with their song, “Lucid” from their debut album ‘The Mortal Coil’. Vocalist Jamie Hails, along with the rest of the band, had the crowd head banging with their hands held high as the bright yellow backlit spotlights waved across the stage and the venue.
Moving right into their second song, “Regress” from their 2016 EP, ‘The Guilt & The Grief’, they continued their musical assault onto the crowd. By this point the crowd had started a mosh pit, adding to the energy of the music. As the band caught their breath between songs, the crowd roared out their appreciation. When their set ended and as Polaris took their bows, well lets say, if anyone there was not familiar with them before the show, they are big fans now!
Jamie Hails – Vocals
Jake Steinhauser – Bass/Vocals
Rick Schneider – Guitar
Ryan Siew – Guitar
Daniel Furnari – Drums
The Slow Decay
The Show Goes On With The Devil Wears Prada
The Devil Wears Prada, an American Christian metalcore band from Dayton, Ohio, was up second this evening. Opening their set with, “Mammoth” from their 2011 album, ‘Dead Throne’ they continued the onslaught of metal to the raging crowd as the mosh pit grew larger than before.
By now everyone in the heated, smoke-filled Ogden Theater were dripping with sweat but not slowing down. As The Devil Wears Prada moved through their set, the energy level did not drop one bit. As they finished their set and said their good byes, the crowd dripping in sweat, headed for liquid relief and a little fresh air.
The Devil Wears Prada are:
Mike Hranica – Vocals / Lyrics
Jeremy DePoyster – Guitar / Vocals
Andy Trick – Bass
Kyle Sipress – Guitar
Daniel Williams – Drums
Chris Rubey – Guitar
I Hate Buffering
Born to Lose
The Final Support Comes From August Burns Red
Coming off their highly successful European tour supporting their November 2017 release, ‘Phantom Anthem’, August Burns Red took the stage to a very enthusiastic metal crowd. They did not disappoint in any way. Exploding onto the stage with their song, “King of Sorrow” from their new 2017 release, ‘Phantom Anthem’ they continued to electrify the crowd.
As they continued through their setlist, I wondered how people were staying on the feet with heat rising, the mosh pit going strong, and the smoke pouring off the stage. The energy coming off the stage from August Burns Red fueled their fans as they broke into their 2011 song, “Empire” from the album, ‘Leveler’ and there was no letting up in site. By the time they finished their set to the roar of a very sweat drenched crowd, if anyone was tired they didn’t show it.
August Burns Red are:
Matthew Greiner – Drums
JB Brubaker – Guitar
Brent Rambler – Guitar
Jacob Luhrs – Vocals
Dustin Davidson – Bass
King of Sorrow
Majoring in the Minors
The Main Event – Parkway Drive Reverence Tour!
In 2003, in Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia, Parkway Drive was born. The metalcore band took their name from the street where their home, rehearsal space and live venue, ‘The Parkway House’, was located.
As of 2018, Parkway Drive have released six full-length albums; Killing with a Smile’, ‘Horizons’, ‘Deep Blue’, ‘Atlas’, ‘Ire’, and ‘Reverence’. They have also releases one EP, two DVDs, a split album and one book, titled ‘Ten Years of Parkway Drive’. As of August 2018, they have sold over 240,000 records.
Fans began chanting “Parkway Drive” for a good five minutes before the members of the band took their places on the stage to the deafening roar of excited fans. Vocalist, Winston McCall, made his way the center of the stage. Gripping the mic on the stand, he looked around with a huge smile on his face and the band exploded into, “Wishing Wells” from their 2018 release, ‘Reverence’. Through the smoke, the spotlights danced across the stage from the sides, back, above and throughout the venue as the crowd rocked the house to song after song.
As the third song ended, I looked closely at the band members, Luke Kilpatrick, Jeff Ling, Ben Gordon and Jia O’Connor, they were looking at each other almost in disbelief of the reception they were getting from everyone there. Their smiles alone could have lit up the Ogden Theater. Breaking into “Vice Grip” from the 2015 album, ‘Ire’, I found a wall to lean on, dripping in sweat I just stood there watching the crowd.
The Fans Couldn’t Get Enough!
Throughout the theater from the main floor to the balcony, fans were on their feet head banging and singing. The mosh pit continued going strong while the band was pouring out everything they had into the music. How we all made it through the rest of show and the two song encore of, “Crushed” and “Bottom Feeder” from the album ‘Ire’, I’m not sure.
It was a great night. All the bands played their hearts out. I don’t believe anyone was disappointed at all! This tour continues through September 23rd when it wraps up in Hollywood, CA. Get out and support these bands on tour.
On a personal note, when they return to the USA again and I’m sure they will, I would like to see them return to a venue at least the size Fillmore Auditorium where they played on their previous tour in 2015. The Fillmore is twice the size of the Ogden at around 3400 capacity, (the Ogden about 1600) and with much better ventilation. The heat was tough in the Ogden Theater this evening. I’ve been going there for many years and as much as I like the venue, I hope they will work on their ventilation.
Parkway Drive are:
Winston McCall – Vocals
Luke Kilpatrick – Rhythm Guitar
Jeff Ling – Guitar
Ben Gordon – Drums
Jia O’Connor – Bass
Parkway Drive Reverence Tour Setlist:
Idols and Anchors
Dead Man’s Chest
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