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PARALLEL MIND is an instrumental progressive rock trio whose
compositions are intense and complex, yet still accessible and powerfully melodic. Inspired by the likes of YES, GENESIS, RUSH, and more recently, PLANET X and PORCUPINE TREE, the band creates a fresh and modern sound that is both forward-thinking and hard-hitting. At times described as cinematic, the music invokes the listeners imagination and creates a mood that truly entertains audiences.

PARALLEL MIND began in the Fall of 1999 with the meeting of Joe
Babiak and Nibandh Nadkarni. Throughout the years the group has undergone numerous changes in personnel, but Joe and Nibandh have always remained the groups backbone. Bassist Jason Pachona joined the group early on and contributed his many talents to the song writing and overall sound of PARALLEL MIND.

In early 2003, PARALLEL MIND asked veteran prog bassist Bill Kopecky to come aboard and assume Jason Pachona's role as bass player. In 2005, PARALLEL MIND signed with the Canadian label Unicorn Digital. During its first year in release, PARALLEL MIND's debut album, "Colossus Adea" gained worldwide attention, selling many copies and receiving outstanding reviews. The album consists of five tracks totaling over one hour of serious and thought-provoking progressive rock music.

As of 2006, PARALLEL MIND is currently writing material for their next
album, this time using the talented bassist Ty Phillips. Ty's melodic playing is strongly rooted in jazz-fusion and adds a fresh sound that will surely take the group to new heights.

Over the years, PARALLEL MIND has earned a reputation for putting on high-quality performances that showcase their excellent musicianship and compositional skills. They have established themselves in the hearts and minds of music lovers everywhere.

(courtesy of the band)

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3.71 | 34 ratings
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3.38 | 7 ratings

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 Connections by PARALLEL MIND album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.38 | 7 ratings

Parallel Mind Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Squire Jaco

3 stars I raved about Parallel Mind's debut album that came out in 2005. I think I've rated it 4 stars here, but honestly, it's more like 4-1/2. I followed this band's website eagerly looking for a follow-up album that finally came out 10 years later. I'm not quite gonna say "thud", but...

On "Connections", the band tries to tie the first album in by naming the opening 15-minute 4-piece suite "Colossus 2". I would say that suite is OK, and mostly in the style of progressive jazz fusion that the first album excelled in. The tonal difference here is the presence of a guitarist, and one that tends to favor riffing and metal leads. It's kept to a minimum, but a little bit more and - heh heh - you would have lost me altogether.

The real issue I have with this album is track 6 "Confession of Faust". This is the only song with vocals, aside from some wordless female vocals during "Colossus 2". And the vocals here are very reminiscent of Dream Theater, along with some metal riffing. (Honestly, it sounded just like a song from "Metropolis 2" - can't remember which one...) The song is not terrible in a prog metal sort of way, but it is WAY out of context with the rest of the album. It's just jarring. And at that point in the album, I was left wondering if it was even worth listening to the end.

It is.

The last 3 tracks covering the final 25 minutes of the album are GREAT! Much more of what I was looking for from the band. The drums and keyboards are incredible throughout the album. They replaced Bill Kopecky on bass, and the replacement is good. He's no Bill Kopecky.

Even if you skip track 6 (as I will from now on), you still get a solid 48 minutes of pretty good music. So I'm going 3-1/2 stars on this album. Definitely check out their debut.

 Colossus Adea by PARALLEL MIND album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.71 | 34 ratings

Colossus Adea
Parallel Mind Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by MJAben

3 stars A truly fantastic album, on the harder end of jazz fusion but that doesn't mean the band can't perform in the softer moments of the album. On the whole the musicianship, compositions and recording are extremely tight, the sound is crisp and the music is driven, spending little time fiddling around or getting to the point. Rather, you feel as though all of the music is necessary, that it is all well thought out, polished edited and re-polished, leaving little to no filler.

The album isn't perfect however, one begins to lose interest after a while as it begins to sound the same (a problem among many instrumental albums). On top of that nothing sounds terribly new, it's well executed and polished but at the end of the day, much of this sounds like music we've heard before.

I'm not going to go through each individual song because, in truth, there's no point. The music is seamless and going through every sound / time change in the music would be a tedious and mind numbing venture that wouldn't provide any real value without the music accompanying it. What I am going to say however is that if your a fan of LTE / Planet X, buy this record. If you love fusion and are looking for something a bit harder, get this record. Similarly, if you like Heavy Prog / Prog Metal and want to get into fusion, this is a good place to start.

For everyone else, you can probably skip this one over, it has some great musicianship but ultimately nothing new.

4 stars for my personal rating, and for fans of Fusion or heavy instrumental prog.

3 stars for everyone else.

A fantastic album but it is in no way essential for most people's library.

 Colossus Adea by PARALLEL MIND album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.71 | 34 ratings

Colossus Adea
Parallel Mind Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Squire Jaco

4 stars Just a quick review of this debut album from a relatively obscure Wisconsin-based trio that makes great instrumental prog with a touch of fusion, without the "metal".

Parallel Mind is Joe Babiak (drums, percussion, flugelhorn!, trumpet), Nibandh Nadkarni (keyboards) and William Kopecky (6-string electric fretless bass). Their very impressive website claims that their influences are Yes, Rush and Planet X, though I also hear some occassional similarities to Niacin, Jordan Rudess, and Happy The Man.

With some guest musicians (guitars and wordless vocals) on some tracks, they produce a very full sound. The compositions are all strong, very interesting and well-played. Kopecky probably has the most notoriety with his virtuoso bass-playing in other bands (Par Lindh Project, Kopecky, etc.); but Babiak's drumming is Neil Peart-ish top-notch, and with influences and comparisons to Derek Sherinian, Rudess and Wakeman, you can rest assured that Nadkarni's keyboards are superb.

With 65-minutes of non-stop great music, this is a CD that everyone should seek out. Listen to the sound samples on their website, then buy the CD. I hope it's only the first of many from this promising band.

Thanks to ProgLucky for the artist addition. and to Seba for the last updates

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