Parkway Drive Brings the Monsters of OZ Tour to Myth Live in St. Paul

Parkway Drive at Myth Live in St. Paul, Minnesota on Tuesday, September 26, 2023. (Photo credit: Jess Beck)

JESS BECK | Go Venue Magazine

On a Tuesday (of all nights) a bunch of Australian metalcore bands assembled at Myth Live on September 26, 2023, for a BRUTAL night of breakdowns, and often times counterintuitive as it sounds coming out of my mouth – worship.

First up was Make Them Suffer. And typically you don’t expect the opening band to go harder than the main act, but fuck they got close! Right from the get-go, it was like a punch to the throat and enough strobe lights to give epilepsy to an exorcism recipient. I have never in my fucking life seen the crowd go so hard so quickly – it was like a light switch (or like…billions of ’em) and people just started launching other human beings into the air like a catapult.

Fucking insane mate.

Next up was Northlane, and I didn’t know how hard these Minnesotans were gonna go for these guys, but like the album “Below” by Beartooth, these folks just didn’t slow down! Northlane approached the stage with a calmer demeaner for like…five seconds before the cranked it up. Their style is a bit different than Make Them Suffer, definitely more…I dunno…djent-infused, sonicpheric metalcore? But whatever it was, it was awesome, and the crowd was HERE FOR IT.

Next up was an act that’s been on my bucket list for a LONG time.

The Amity Affliction.

Wow – I thought the first two acts might have exhausted the strobes, but I was so wrong. If there was any moment in the show that you felt like you’d be raptured at any minute, this was it right here. The lights were about the only thing pulsating faster than the band, though, but this is where the worship began. You see, Amity Affliction has this way about them of being able to just pull a choir out of their asses whenever they need one. One of the most bone-chilling moments in my entire concert experiences so far is when the audience filled that role in complete unison when “Pittsburgh (No Intro)” was played.

Standing up on a stairwell, you could see people crying, waiving their hands, moshing, crowd-surfing…it was in that moment that Myth Live became the best church in the whole state of Minnesota.

Ok, I’m getting long-winded.

Finally, Parkway Drive took the stage, and the crowd went wild. They brought the pyrotechnics, the fireworks, and enough breakdowns to level a small village. It was like a heavy metal circus on steroids, and the fans loved every minute of it. They lost their SHIT when “Prey” and “Sleepwalker” were played.  

Vocalist Winston McCall got a little emotional when he mentioned that he never thought he’d see the day when there was a bill with four bands from Australia on it. “But you let us do that, so thank you!” he shouted back to thunderous applause.

And as this was my first time shooting at Myth Live, I honestly can say that I can’t wait to be back! Even if everyone in the audience looked like some bastardized version of Jeremy McKinnon.

As always, a HUGE thank you to the staff, the bartenders, the pizza guys, and everyone who came together to help put this show on. We couldn’t do it without you guys. Please keep wearing deodorant to your shows, eat your school, stay in drugs, and don’t do vegetables.

We’ll see ya at the next show!

Parkway Drive

The Amity Affliction


Make Them Suffer

All images © Jess Beck

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