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Killswitch Engage and Parkway Drive Light a Fire at the Warfield

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Killswitch Engage and Parkway Drive
The Warfield
April 18, 2019

Photos by Raymond Ahner

When two titans of the metalcore scene, Killswitch Engage and Parkway Drive announced that they would be embarking on co-headlining tour, entitled the Collapse the World Tour, fans were undoubtedly excited at the prospects of seeing both bands share the stage. Between pummeling breakdowns and soaring harmonies, both bands are incredibly adept at mixing the beautiful and brutal sounds of hardcore and metal, something that was very apparent to everyone who was in attendance on Thursday night.

Killswitch Engage

Killswitch Engage

 

Killswitch Engage headlined the evening, blowing through a strong 16-song set that spanned their entire career. Unlike most metal bands, Killswitch Engage write more positive and uplifting songs, though of course one would never tell just by standing there and hearing the music. Killswitch opened with the blistering “This Fire,” a potent combination of melodic guitar leads from Adam Dutkiewicz and Joel Stroetzel along with some grooving breakdowns.

Killswitch Engage

Killswitch Engage

The band alternated between older material culled from their classic early period and some newer tracks from their most recent album. While lead singer Jesse Leach was not around during the recording of some of the band’s most well-known songs, you could never tell by watching the show as he absolutely nailed each vocal line, not an easy task as he had to constantly switch between harsh and melodic singing.

Killswitch Engage

Killswitch Engage

A few songs later, the band brought out an old classic, the furious “Vide Infra,” a song that mixes warp-speed thrash metal with brutal hardcore and it really seemed to get the crowd going. In what was a surprise to many, Killswitch capped off the night with a cover of the Dio classic “Holy Diver,” a classic metal tune filled to the brim with catchy guitar riffs and soaring harmonies. It was the perfect way to close out an exciting evening of blistering heavy metal.

Parkway Drive

Parkway Drive

Parkway Drive opened the night with a fierce set of crushing metalcore, with plenty of swinging breakdowns along with some blood curdling screams from lead singer Winston McCall. The key to Parkway Drive’s sound is the complex rhythmic interplay between drummer Ben Gordon and guitarists Jeff Ling and Luke Kilpatrick. This was evident from the very first song of the night, the syncopated fury of “Wishing Wells,” which rode a series of galloping guitar riffs and snappy double bass drumming.

Parkway Drive

Parkway Drive

One of the most unexpected moments of their set was the inclusion of the melodic “Cemetery Bloom,” a song based around some particularly melodic clean vocals along with a choral-style backing vocal. The song’s restrained approach was the perfect contrast to the following song, the driving metal of “The Void,” which featured some particularly catchy lead guitar lines.

Parkway Drive

Parkway Drive

To close out their set, Parkway Drive tore through a slamming rendition of “Bottom Feeder,” a track which combined plenty of melodicism with pummeling rhythms and throat-shredding vocals.

Here’s a slideshow with more photos of both bands by Raymond Ahner:

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Killswitch Engage

Setlist: This Fire | Rose of Sharyn | The End of Heartache | The Arms of Sorrow | The Hell in Me | Just Barely Breathing | Take This Oath | Hate by Design | Vide Infra | Always | My Last Serenade | Daylight Dies | In Due Time | My Curse | Strength of the Mind | Holy Diver (Dio cover)

For more information about Killswitch Engage, check out their website.

Parkway Drive

Setlist: Wishing Wells | Prey | Carrion | Vice Grip | Karma | Cemetery Bloom | The Void | Dedicated | Absolute Power | Shadow Boxing | Wild Eyes | Crushed | Bottom Feeder

Find out more about Parkway Drive here.

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Andy grew up in the suburbs of the east bay and became fascinated with the local music scene from an early age, attending his first concert at the ripe age of 14. Since then he has stayed active in the local metal scene, going to countless shows and playing in his own thrash metal band, Invection. In addition to music, Andy has always had an interest in writing and public speaking, eventually graduating with a BA degree in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley. Andy is also an avid runner and running coach, with a USA Track and Field master coach certification. When not attending concerts or track meets you can find Andy running on many of the picturesque trails around the east bay area.

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