Report: Riot At PARKWAY DRIVE Concert Closes Australian Venue

October 20, 2007

Cameron Atfield of MX reports that rioting hardcore metal fans have led to the iconic Arena Entertainment Complex in Brisbane, Australia being closed after they caused extensive damage.

A police spokeswoman said sections of the 2,000-strong crowd, there to see Byron Bay band PARKWAY DRIVE on October 9, got out of hand and police reinforcements had to be called.

She said about 30 patrons were evicted for aggressive behaviour and one was arrested and charged with disorderly behavior and resisting eviction.

Brunswick St was blocked in both directions as the riot spilled outside, the spokeswoman said.

Management at the Arena refused to comment, but MX understands fire exits at the venue were so badly damaged an event scheduled for this weekend had to be moved to another venue.

MX also understands Arena management has decided to no longer host all-ages gigs.

Queensland Fire and Rescue safety assessment officer Keith Hansen said: "We have met on site with management and left them with issues to be rectified."

Concert promoter Anthony Palmer said his Festival of the Dead extreme metal event, which was to be held at the Arena on Friday night (October 19),had to be moved to Rosies in the city in the wake of the riot.

PARKWAY DRIVE released its new album, "Horizons", on October 9. Produced by KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's Adam Dutkiewicz (UNDEROATH, AUTUMN TO ASHES, EVERY TIME I DIE) and recorded at Zing Studios in Boston, "Horizons" "awakens the inner-beast with an enthralling avalanche of sound," according to a press release. "From grinding math riffs and palpitating blast beats to haunting death growls, 'Horizons'' brutal mix of metal and hardcore excels with songs such as 'Carrion' and 'Breaking Point', which are enough to have anyone running for the circle pit."

"Horizons" recording sessions:

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