Parkway Drive with special guests While She Sleeps and Lorna Shore performing at The Motorpoint Arena Nottingham on Sunday 2nd October 2022.

Images and Review by Kevin Cooper

On Sunday night the Motorpoint Arena offered up a feast of metalcore rock for those fans who have been starved of crowd surfing and mosh pits due to the pandemic, but with American band Lorna Shore, British band While She Sleeps and Parkway Drive hailing from Australia, they were treated to a smorgasbord of fist pumping rock.

Up first for a too short set was Lorna Shore whose front man Will Ramos’ screams and growls is a defining part of their sound. Beginning with To The Hellfire from their excellent And I Return To Nothingness 2021 EP, the gentle acoustic introduction was shattered by blistering guitars and menacing vocals.

Of The Abyss followed with its soaring and swirling drums and their 2022 singles Sun//Eater, Cursed To Die and set closer Into The Earth were all evidence that this is a metal band who are going places.

The fans have been waiting a long time to catch Sheffield based While She Sleeps, who are touring to promote last year’s album, Sleeps Society. So there was heightened anticipation for the album’s title track and the energy was nonstop from there.

For Anti-Social the crowd were jumping around as the hits kept on coming. You Are All You Need saw soaring guitar riffs before being followed with Guilty Party. There was a barnstorming rendition of You Are We and Silence Speaks gets the biggest reaction of the night. Chaotic set closer Systematic left the crowd in awe and wanting more.

For headliners Parkway Drive a pit immediately formed in the middle of the crowd and continued vehemently for the entire set. Opening with Glitch from their latest album Darker Still, fans favourites Prey, Carrion, and Vice Grip were played early on.

With front man Winston McCall making great use of the walkway that brought him nearer to the crowd he growled his way through the likes of Cemetry Bloom, Karma and Shadow Boxing. With set closer Bottom Feeder, McCall sent the fans into ecstasy and surfers and circles became more frantic.

For the encore there was Crushed and Wild Eyes which finally brought an end to a set that had never ending sing along choruses resounding around the Arena as the exhausted fans left very happy.