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Parkway Drive: Ire will be divisive

Parkway Drive frontman Winston McCall says the band’s 5th album, Ire, will be “divisive” among fans.

And he’s admitted the band weren’t certain they were going in the right direction with their modified approach to the follow-up to 2012‘s Atlas.

McCall tells Faster Louder: “With so many of these songs, we didn’t actually know if we could pull this kind of content off – we didn’t know it would work until it was done in the studio.

“We’d finish a song and we’d scream, ‘We did it!’ We’d physically scream and fist-pump.”

The vocalist is keen to gauge reaction to Ire, which is launched on September 25 (Friday). “I’m interested to see what people love about the band and what they believe the band stands for,” he says. ”It’s always been our approach that we create what we want to create. If people like it, that’s fantastic. If they don’t, they don’t.”

He adds: ”We definitely have anticipated that this album is going to be really divisive with people, simply because it’s different.”

Parkway Drive are the cover stars of the latest edition of Metal Hammer, where McCall talks about his throat cancer scare and how Rammstein’s 2013 Download appearance inspired the band. It’s out now in print, digital and via TeamRock+.

Parkway Drive stream Ire album in full

Scott Munro

Scott looks after Louder’s online buyer’s guides and also scouts out the best deals for music fans from every corner of the internet. He's spent more than 25 years in newspapers and magazines and in 2014 joined our news desk, where he wrote extensively about rock, metal, prog and more. Scott has previous written for the Daily Record, Sunday Mirror, The Herald and IGN.