The metal community is abuzz this week following the acclaimed cinematic premiere of Parkway Drive’s big screen debut, Viva The Underdogs, and today the globe conquers have added even more oomph to their moment, announcing the official Viva The Underdogs soundtrack, set for release Friday, 27th March.
The documentary is set to the backdrop of the band’s monumental headline set at international metal Mecca, Wacken Open Air, and naturally the soundtrack is informed by the same career-defining performance. The record will harness the raw power of 11 Parkway Drive tracks including a mix of live renditions and three studio recordings that see fan favourites reimagined in German: ‘Würgegriff (Vice Grip)’, ‘Die Leere (The Void)’, and ‘Schattenboxen (Shadow Boxing)’.
‘Schattenboxen (Shadow Boxing)’ was given extra special treatment and is set to feature a a brand new verse provided by German rapper, Casper.
Speaking to the forthcoming soundtrack, Parkway Drive leader Winston McCall declared the project, “The most unique projects we’ve undertaken.”
“The idea of taking our songs and interpreting them through another language was a massive challenge, but considering the amount of time, love and support that has been shown to us over the years we wanted to commit to doing the project with full integrity. The result is every effort being made to translate the meaning, spirit, and conviction of these songs in a language that is not our own. We hope the result helps to strengthen the connection this music creates. We offer you these songs out of respect and our heartfelt thanks for all the times you have sung them with us in their original forms.“
Viva The Underdogs (the film) shakes off any notion of a being just another ‘band documentary’; it’s a gripping testimony of rising to the occasion and above all else a triumph of cinema. Featuring footage from the past decade of the band’s career, Viva The Underdogs tells the story of overcoming impossible odds; A lesson in endurance and an ode to the human spirit
It’s not so much inspiring as it is relieving to know that such a story is possible in our reality. You simply must see it.
Parkway Drive will be bringing the thunder Down Under in June for the Viva The Underdog Australian tour dates.
Listen to Die Leere (The Void) below
Viva The Underdog Australian Revolution
With special guests Hatebreed + Every Time I Die
Saturday, 13th June
Friday, 19th June
Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
Saturday, 20th June
Melbourne Arena, Melbourne
Sunday, 21 June
AEC Theatre, Adelaide
Wednesday, 24th June
HBF Stadium, Perth