Parkway Drive: We’ve outgrown metalcore

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Parkway Drive's Winston McCall says that he thinks the band have outgrown their metalcore tag.

The vocalist took part in a recent Loudwire Facebook Live interview ahead of the launch of their new studio album Reverence, which arrives tomorrow (May 4) via Epitaph Records.

He was asked by one fan if he agreed with the Dutch magazine Aardschok which said that Parkway Drive had “outgrown metalcore.”

McCall answered: “That’s a really good one. Yes, I would agree. Any genre you think of these days is literally just a label so someone knows what you sound like.

"Ultimately, I want people to listen to our music and just say, ‘That sounds like Parkway Drive.’ That’s it. I don’t aim to say we have to be a metalcore band or a metal band or whatever genre. We sound like us.

“Creatively, the older we get, the more stuff we’re going to do. We’re always going to be a heavy band. What do we like doing? Melodic stuff, heavy stuff, things we’re interested in. That actually spans a hell of a lot, so we’re going to keep going to those areas.”

Parkway Drive are currently on tour across the US (opens in new tab). They’ll then return to Europe for a run of shows later in the year, which includes a set at the UK’s Download festival.

The band are also featured in the brand new issue of Metal Hammer magazine, which is on sale now (opens in new tab).

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Scott has spent more than 30 years in newspapers and magazines as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, designer, writer and reviewer. After initially joining our news desk in the summer of 2014, he moved to the e-commerce team full-time in 2020. He maintains Louder’s buyer’s guides, scouts out the best deals for music fans and reviews headphones, speakers, books and more. He's written more than 11,000 articles across Louder, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog and has previous written for publications including IGN, the Sunday Mirror, Daily Record and The Herald covering everything from daily news and weekly features, to video games, travel and whisky. Scott grew up listening to rock and prog, cutting his teeth on bands such as Marillion and Magnum before his focus shifted to alternative and post-punk in the late 80s. His favourite bands are Fields Of The Nephilim, The Cure, New Model Army, All About Eve, The Mission, Ned's Atomic Dustbin and Drab Majesty, but he also still has a deep love of Rush.