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PARALLELS

Fates Warning

 

Progressive Metal

4.15 | 272 ratings

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chorvath
5 stars You get tired of screaming... WHEN YOU'RE NOT... reaching anyone...

I love this album. It makes me feel good every time I listen to it. If that fact alone isn't reason enough for me to give it 5 stars, let me back it up with musicology.

This is progressive metal at its finest. Zonder does nothing short of amaze. Like Rush, this is a band for percussion fans. This is not to detract any necessary praise from Matheos or Alder.. but one must admit that the drums drive this album far beyond any contemporary efforts.

Let's focus in on one song, for a moment: "Eye to Eye." Perhaps it has commercial qualities that may detract possible fans. Perhaps it's too "metal-y." Regardless, one must admit that it moves in a progressive fashion, it switches up expectations, it provides a perfect segue from "Life in Still Water" to "The Eleventh Hour," which are both undeniably brilliant songs. Once one learns to appreciate "Eye to Eye," one can truly see the brilliance of this album. Similarly, once learns to love Dream Theater's "Take the Time," "Images and Words" becomes one of the greatest albums ever made.

Speaking of "The Eleventh Hour," I would imagine a person would have to be deaf, or at the very least retarded, to not love this song. This is beauty in motion. From the point when the guitar slows, then stops... to the immediate 7-string pick up... I cannot avoid goosebumps. And then Alder kicks in: WHHHHHHYYYYYYYYYYY is it so hard... to understand...?

Lovely. I can't imagine less than 5 stars for this one.

chorvath | 5/5 |

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