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Fates Warning


Progressive Metal

4.12 | 357 ratings

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5 stars There's was life on Earth before Dream Theater!

When Images and Words was eructed from DT's esophagus, it's like the world stop turning and the All Mighty blessed us with another messiah. The future of progressive metal was in the hands of 5 guys: one singing too high, one playing too fast, one talking too much, one talking not enough and one given too little chances to speak. Game: find who is who.

The world before Images and Words was okay with me. It was a time when pyrotechnics were just powders mixed together to make bright colors, and not a guy with a goatee shredding the strings of his guitar to show the girls how it's done. There was Fates Warning, a band that knew how to take it's time to make a song that's both catchy and technical. Now the bar is set so high that kids forget what is intelligent music, music that feeds your soul and not just numbs your brain with dizzy speed.

This album not only sports a thoughtful cover, but also has a growing potential on you. It may be not the most complex thing written ever, but how needs it anyway? Life is already complicated enough, and frankly, Gentle Giant, Frank Zappa or Anglagard made the cut for being mind-blowing-complexity-but-forgiven-easily-since-it's-such-awesome-music; so let them worry about that.

When you're listening to Parallels, you're letting your mind wonder just right, not too fast but enough to fulfill your desire to unwind stress from your crappy week. The guitars are sharp (but not blistering hot), the bass is audible (ahem ahem John Myung), the drums are well thought (but not double bass drum and 3rd arm hidden somewhere), but it's just not too much.

To me, Parallels is a very good example of the right elements of crunchiness wrapped into a rich chocolate accessiblilty.

Feel free to chew.

Menswear | 5/5 |


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