Parkway Drive – The Myth – St. Paul, MN – September 26th, 2023

Parkway Drive with The Amity Affliction, Northlane, and Make them Suffer The Myth – St. Paul, MN – September 26th, 2023

Review and photos by Kate Klaus

It was an intense night of heavy rock music at the Myth in Maplewood, MN as stacked lineup of bands from down under hit hard for a full night of intense music for the Monsters of Oz tour, featuring headliners Parkway Drive, supported by The Amity Affliction, Northlane, and Make Them Summer.

Starting off the night were Make Them Suffer, a dynamic metalcore band from Perth, Australia.  Their power packed show included a blinding light display, and their heavy breakdowns were matched with intense vocals and melodic passages that explored dark and emotional channels, delivered beautifully and intensely by lead vocalist Sean Harmanis.

Northlane took the stage next, filling the room with atmospheric elements and very technical and intricate guitar lines, paired with dark and intense vocals from lead singer Marcus Bridge.  The Sydney based rockers blended elements of progressive metalcore and djent with a unique and captivating sound.  Their stage ambiance was mysterious and shadowy, and shrouded in a mix of power and dark mystique.

Queensland based rockers The Amity Affliction were up next, fronted by powerhouse Joel Birch, who delivered an intense set with extremely raw emotion and energy.  The stage was clouded in a deep fog for their set, with strobes and lights that were so intense that they were satisfyingly dizzying. They opened their set with “Death’s Hand”, and the intensity carried throughout their 11 song performance, finishing with crowd favorite “Soak Me in Bleach”, of of their 2020 album “Everone Loves You… Once You Leave Them”.

When headliners Parkway Drive took the stage and opened with the intensely powerful “Glitch”, the crowd was on fire, with crowd surfers being constantly launched over the rail and into the pit, while the amazing staff at the Myth effortlessly handled the energetic chaos.  Hailing from New South Wales, they capped the night of Australian metalcore with a forceful and captivating performance.  Lead singer Winston McCall filled the venue with his commanding and emotional vocals, and the thunderous drumming and intricate guitar was balanced with a dark and  haunting melodic undertone.  Toware the end of their set they brought it down a notch with a beautiful acoustic rendition of “Darker Still”, bringing the circle pits and moshing of the night to a standstill for a moment of beautiful connection and poweful emotion.  They closed the night with a captivating (while slightly muted in comparison to their other shows) pyrotechnics display, complete with a rotating drum riser  for “Crushed”, and matching the crazy Tuesday night energy of this intense MN crowd at what was an incredibly powerful and memorable show.