Posted by george112
Lol I never said deathcore wasn't metal. I said it wasnt heavy metal. Those are separate genres. Metal i guess could be the umbrella term your referring to. But thats not what you said in original post
Rock- umbrella term for...
Metal-umbrella term for...
Get what I'm trying to say?
Dude I have been listening to metal for close to 15 years, I ran a successful metal blog for over 7 years, and I have never heard anyone break down heavy metal and metal as separate genres. Using the term "metal" is the exact same thing as saying "heavy metal." Heavy metal is the universally accepted term for for the genre as a whole, which encompasses all sub-genres. Some purists use "heavy metal", "classic metal" and "traditional metal" interchangeably for the old school original style of metal, but Parkway Drive would not be included stylistically in this affiliation, as this is reserved for bands of the NWOBHM genre, as well as bands like Manowar, Accept, Judas Priest, etc.
Parkway Drive is a heavy metal band, that plays under the deathcore genre. I say they are deathcore because they adapt the 2nd wave of metalcore begun in the late 90's, with stalwarts such as Unearth and Killswitch Engage as highlight acts. This new wave of metalcore differentiated itself from the 1st wave of metalcore (when hardcore punk began adapting heavier riffs, while maintaining the breakdown and backbeat of punk rock, including bands such as Merauder, Sick Of It All, Earth Crisis, Biohazard and Hatebreed), by assimilating Swedish melodic death metal riffs into it's arsenal (i.e. In Flames, At the Gates). The 2nd wave of metalcore is far more metal than punk, but the breakdowns and much of the backbeat was maintained. Parkway Drive has strong influences from the 2nd wave of metalcore.
Deathcore came about as a natural progression from the 2nd wave of metalcore, by adapting brutal death metal techniques from bands such as Suffocation and Dying Fetus. The first bands to adopt this style early on, back in the first part of the 2000's was All Shall Perish with their album Hate.Malice.Revenge, and 2003's Shut It Down from Animosity. Parkway Drive clearly adopts brutal death metal techniques, and more than that, they use very stereotypical techniques like the drop bass effect during breakdowns, drop tuning, and a growling style of vocals which is a combination of 1st wave metalcore screaming, and brutal death metal growling (including pig squeals).
Parkway Drive is painfully stereotypical deathcore. More power if you like them, but they fit the mold perfectly. Do they have some traditional melodic riffs? Yes, but that doesn't make them traditional metal, it means they are using the same riffs as the Swedes used 20 years ago when they combined Maiden-esque melodies and galloping, with death metal. Nothing new.
If you feel I'm wrong with my breakdown, I invite you to come up with a differing one.