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Release date: 29 October 1991
Style: Progressive metal


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Disc I
01. Leave The Past Behind
02. Life In Still Water
03. Eye To Eye
04. The Eleventh Hour
05. Point Of View
06. We Only Say Goodbye
07. Don't Follow Me
08. The Road Goes On Forever

Disc II [Special Edition bonus]
01. Leave The Past Behind [live]
02. Don't Follow Me [live]
03. Eleventh Hour [live]
04. Point Of View [live]
05. Eye To Eye [live]
06. Nothing Left To Say [live]
07. Quietus [live]
08. Through Different Eyes [live]
09. Leave The Past Behind [demo]
10. Eye To Eye [demo]
11. Eleventh Hour [demo]
12. Point Of View [demo]
13. Don't Follow Me [demo]

Disc III [Special Edition bonus DVD]
01. 80-minute concert filmed live in New Haven, Connecticut on February 13, 1992
02. 75-minute documentary on the making of "Parallels".
03. Eye To Eye [video]
04. Point Of View [video]

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Back in 1991 Fates Warning created Parallels, one of their most important and coherent albums. Their sound keeps evolving through time, providing the progressive metal field with unique and astonishing moments.

In this album the band reveals another "essence" of their music and creativity. Progressive sound with beautiful melodies, accompanied by heavy metal groove. From the very first time I explored the album I remember myself saying: "Ok, we have a classic piece of metal art here!" Honestly, I cannot trace a song that could be possibly valued as a mediocre one. We can find songs that suit our mood, fast and slower ones. Even the slower ballads are very characteristic and your spirit travels with them! The guitar parts are crystal clear and all the tunes are mixed in a way that could be described as "a nice orchestration"! Something that is worthy to mention is that I can't spot "exaggerative" performance parts in the album (don't forget that progression may result in overreaction, sometimes). The drums are also "the heart" of each song, precisely giving the rhythm that is needed. The voice of Ray Alder is the key element, which unfolds all the ingredients and emotions.

published 10.10.2009 | Comments (6)

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strade My Favorite 40 Metal Albums Ever (+5...)  | #32
strade My 40 (Ever-Changing) Favorite Songs Ever  | #15
Hazelnut Nero Progressive Spiritual Euphoria / Best prog Albums Ever .  | #140
strade My Favorite 25 Albums Of The 1990's  | #15
Urs Blank Urs' Top 10 Of 1991  | #8
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tea[m]ster - 03.03.2012 at 16:48  
Rating: 10 Alright, I'll break the seal...
No comments? Ugh...sad face. Maybe Fates Warning is an acquired taste, maybe you don't like progressive metal. The fact is they made this album sooo accessible that anyone who digs Queensryche, Dream Theater and the like should give this a try. Back when it was released I actually heard two songs from this on radio!
Urs Blank - 12.12.2012 at 19:30  
Rating: 9 It took me a while before I was able to appreciate Fates Warning, mainly due to the high-pitched vocals and sometimes cheesy melodies. But then I listened to Parallels and completely changed my mind about this band. Nowadays I like many of their albums but this one is still my favourite.
tea[m]ster - 17.02.2016 at 21:53  
Rating: 10 "Leave The Past Behind" is the best song they have ever done...Spun this again today.

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