Australian metalcore band Parkway Drive played London’s O2 Academy Brixton last night and it was a show you won’t want to have missed.
Stick To Your Guns and Asking Alexandria kick off the night with impressive sets that set the crowd on fire fore the headliner. And though it can easily feel like a double headline slot with Asking Alexandria having filled venues of this size before, it doesn’t hurt the feel of the night. On the contrary – the incredible supports add more than just the usual “warm-up-the-crowd-thanks” vibe, they give the audience three shows for the price of one.
With Parkway Drive taking the stage, the room explodes into moshpits and devil horns as the band rip through thirteen songs, half of which are off their most recent record Ire, including Destroyer, Vice Grip and Dedicated. Even though the album is two years old now, the audience seems to hold it dearly even more so.
And whoever they hadn’t won over at this stage (which didn’t seem to be a big part of the audience) the band then play an excellent cover of L.A. legends Rage Against The Machine’s Bulls On Parade.
Crushed and Bottom Feeder mark the end of the show and a, fairly short but, impressive encore. Because how else do you go out with a bang than casual upside down drumming? Yes, you heard right, up-side-down-drumming.
With stellar support from Stick To Your Guns and Asking Alexandria, Parkway Drive brought the house down at O2 Academy Brixton with a show fit for arenas.