| 26 October 2012|
26 October 2012
| Summer 2012 in Los Angeles|
Parkway Drive albums, Metalcore albums
Atlas is the fourth album by Australian metalcore band Parkway Drive. It was recorded in Los Angeles, California and was released on 26 October 2012 through Epitaph Records. On 9 September 2012, Parkway Drive released the album's first single, "Dark Days" along with a music video. On 17 September 2012, Parkway Drive released a 10-second teaser of "Old Ghost / New Regrets" in an interview with Winston McCall on the ABC radio program, The Doctor. On 16 October, "Old Ghost / New Regrets" was released by Parkway Drive through the Epitaph Records YouTube channel. On 23 October, the full album became available to stream on the Epitaph Records YouTube channel.
The band first started touring in support of the album in Europe between 13 November 2012 and 1 December 2012 with opening bands Emmure, The Word Alive and Structures. On 13 December they embarked on their second album release tour, to New Zealand and Australia. Atlas debuted at No. 3 on the Australian ARIA albums chart and achieved an ARIA Gold certification for 35,000 shipments in January 2013. In the US, it charted at No. 32 on the Billboard 200, and has sold 63,000 copies in the US as of September 2015. The record received generally positive reviews from critics, with praise for its depth and sound.
Atlas received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 73, based on 6 reviews. Fred Thomas from Allmusic commented on the album's use of instruments not generally used in metalcore, saying, "The album's depth and openness to straying away from typical devices of the genre make Atlas one of the more engaging and thought-provoking metalcore releases amid a sea of the interchangeable riffs and howls of other bands."
At the end of the year the album was featured on a few end of year lists. It reached 25 of 101 in Kerrang!.
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