On Saturday the 27th of January The Forum Theatre in Melbourne held the end of the highly anticipated ‘Decade of Horizons’ tour to celebrate Parkway Drive’s breakthrough 2007 album ‘Horizons’. The Byron metalcore legends took upcoming Sydney band Polaris on the sold out national tour, as they were more than capable of opening to each packed venue.
The evening began with Melbourne locals Alpha Wolf impressing the sold out crowd with a monstrous set of screams, blast beats and breakdowns heavy enough to crush the iconic venue. Although their short set, they definitely proved their name is well deserved to be recognized in the Australian metal scene.
Next to take the stage was one of the most exciting Australian bands to come out of 2017, Polaris. From the opening they were absolutely incredible, the crowd absorbed their speed and intensity and converted into chaotic moshing, stage diving and circle pits. They played older songs as well as popular tracks including ‘Consume’ and ‘The Remedy’ from their successful 2017 album ‘The Mortal Coil’. Polaris displayed with ease why they’re Australia’s most exciting band and soon to be following the footsteps of their idols Parkway Drive as their take over begins.
The headlining act Parkway Drive is renowned for their live performances as they consistently smashed each date of their tour and ended it with an almighty bang. As the house lights dimmed, the track ‘Begin’ blared through the venue as they appeared on stage still, until immediately jumping into the blistering speed of ‘The Sirens’ Song’. Although his intimidating stage presence, front man Winston McCall addressed the last sold out crowd of the tour with a big grin expressing his thanks many times for still supporting their breakthrough album. This special night saw rare but deserving songs ‘Feed Them To The Pigs’, ‘Five Months’ and ‘Frostbite’ finally make their live set list as well as the more popular ‘Carrion’ and ‘Vice Grip’ from their latest album ‘IRE’. They concluded the live set of ‘Horizons’ performing the amazing title track then ending with their latest singles ‘Crushed’ and ‘Bottom Feeder’. These two incredibly heavy songs ensured they left everything on the stage and spared nothing.
Parkway Drive proved that age is just a number as they performed their entire 2007 album to perfection, they may be older but show no struggle to perform their most challenging songs. Jamie Hails from Polaris stated, “This tour is a celebration of the best damn record that has come out of this country” and there is certainly no arguing that statement. ‘Horizons’ cannot be beaten and undeniably put Australia on the map for metal music. Overall this amazing tour couldn’t have ended any better as the Australian kings of metal smashed another performance supported by two upcoming Aussie acts that are sure to take note from their idols.
Review by Christian Kafritsas