The Albuquerque stop of Parkway Drive’s Reverence Tour last weekend was awe-inspiring. The band, whose Denver stop we just covered, are currently on the road in support of their record Reverence. I entered the venue just in time to catch the last two songs of opener August Burns Red’s set, and the whole venue was already moshing like crazy.
After ABR’s set, Tim Keller, Albuquerque’s mayor and a heavy metal enthusiast, made an appearance on stage and actually gave a speech about Albuquerque’s metal scene and fanbase, which was enjoyed by fans and the bands alike.
Parkway Drive’s set followed and was insane. It had been seven years since they’ve played in Albuquerque, and the crowd was more than ready for their return. From front to back and side to side, the crowd had their heads banging and their bodies moving all set long. The production value of Parkway’s set (and of the tour overall) was big: their minimal, yet very effective lighting rig perfectly visualized Parkway Drive’s heavy and powerful sound.
Although I would've loved to experience Polaris’ and The Devil Wears Prada’s sets, I was very impressed by ABR’s and Parkway Drive’s performances and cannot stress enough that this Reverence Tour is an absolute must-see. You can catch the Australian leg of the tour starting October 25th, followed by their European leg starting in January 2019.
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