Fates Warning - Parallels review
|Release date:||October 1991|
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]
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.
All the tracks have distinct components that result in quite enjoyable and memorable moments. It's more than true that not only the fans but also other people have connected the name Fates Warning with such songs as "Eye to Eye", "Point of view", "Don't Follow me" (…and the rest). The lineup is the classic one (Matheos - Alder - Aresti - Zonder - Dibiase) that lasted for many years, so this is a mature and solid work of the band. Actually this music could be listened while you drive on the highway, singing along the catchy choruses! Try it and you'll remember my words! Also special importance and gravity is added by the careful and professional production of the album. Not to mention that James Labrie from Dream Theater provided some of the background vocals, so you can imagine that the result is of very high quality. Last but not least, the whole album was dedicated to the memory of Ann Dibiase.
Concluding my thoughts, I am really glad to own this splendid album, which has given me many hours of good music (with a broader meaning of the word music). All the feelings that this interesting piece of art from Fates Warning causes to the listeners, are pretty memorable and entertaining.
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