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IAN PARRY

Progressive Metal • United Kingdom


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Ian Parry biography
English vocalist, IAN PARRY is a familiar name to many in the world of hard rock and metal. He started his career with the band HAMMERHEAD in 1985. However, EMI Records shelved their debut album "Heart Made of Steel" and finally released their album 15 years later in 2000.

In the meantime, Parry worked with the English bands MONO PACIFIC and AIRRACE, before joining the Dutch hard rock band VENGEANCE in 1990. During his tenure with VENGEANCE, he established himself as a vocalist and also worked with future progressive metal icon ARJEN LUCASSEN, who was one of the two guitar players in the band.

In 1993, Parry launched his solo career, releasing the albums "Symphony of Dreams" in 1993, "Artistic License" in 1994, and "Thru' the Looking Glass" in 1995. Over the course of these three albums, Parry gradually evolved his musical explorations from AOR and hard rock towards metal tinged compositions. This evolvement was met positively by the fans and press alike, especially in Japan.

In 1996, Parry joined the Dutch power metal band ELEGY, which he participated in several highly acclaimed and successful albums, the last of these was released in 2002.

In 1998, Parry started the highly successful side project - CONSORTIUM PROJECT - with 4 album releases so far.

In 2006, Parry released his fourth solo studio album "Visions." This album, more so than his previous solo releases, saw him venturing into the progressive metal territory.

Besides the major points to his career mentioned above, Parry has also been active with other bands, some of minor importance and with minor roles. Of these the most notable are helping with the production of the band project PERFECT STRANGERS on the album "Outside Lookin' In" that was released in 1998. And contributing vocals on ANDRE ANDERSEN's solo release "Black on Black" in 2002 and guest appearances on AYREON's "The Final Experiment," "Flight of the Migrator," and "Ayeronauts Only."

WHY IS THIS ARTIST LISTED AT PROGARCHIVES:

Besides being an active contributor to many releases by several artists in the genre, IAN PARRY, has gradually evolved towards the progressive metal genre on his solo releases. He was suggested to and approved by the Progressive Metal team primarily due to his latest solo release "Visions."

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3.67 | 3 ratings
Symphony of Dreams
1993
5.00 | 1 ratings
Artistic License
1994
5.00 | 1 ratings
Thru' the Looking Glass
1995
4.00 | 2 ratings
Visions
2006
3.00 | 1 ratings
In Flagrante Delicto
2020

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4.00 | 2 ratings
Shadowman
2000

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 In Flagrante Delicto by PARRY, IAN album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.00 | 1 ratings

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In Flagrante Delicto
Ian Parry Progressive Metal

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

— First review of this album —
3 stars Ian Parry is back with his fifth solo album for Metal Mind Productions, his thirtieth studio album for one band or another, and for this one he has brought in the likes of guitarists Stephan Lill (Vanden Plas) and Patrick Rondat, drummers Casey Grillo (Kamelot), Imre Daun (Brian Robertson band), Andreas Lill and Gary King, bassists Barend Courbois (Blind Guardian) and Torsten Reichert, keyboard player Jeroen van der Wiel and many others. The press release states the album covers a 'diverse style ranging from Yes style synthesizer atmospheres, to Whitesnake/Foreigner classic rock and a hint of Rammstein together with a commercial heart felt Bad English/Peter Gabriel'. Actually, when the album is at its best, it sounds a little like classic Magnum, especially on the likes of album closer 'So Far So Good', but unfortunately there is too little of this style throughout.

One can never doubt Parry's vocal abilities, singers rarely have a career lasting nearly 40 years without being able to perform, but not only is there a lack of continuity throughout the album, there is also a lack of good material. I found myself repeatedly coming back to the word 'pedestrian' when trying to think of a good description for the album, which is never good, especially when the genre is melodic/prog/pomp rock. There are some fifteen musicians on the album, and one wonders if this would have been better if it had been a proper band as opposed to a project, where an identity could have been developed. When it is good it is very good indeed, but there are just too many times when I just want to skip to the next track to see if it is any better, which is really annoying as 'Wish' has a great hook and will be a great singalong in concert, but is surrounded by others which aren't at the same level.

 Visions by PARRY, IAN album cover Studio Album, 2006
4.00 | 2 ratings

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Visions
Ian Parry Progressive Metal

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Strong release by this Netherlands based vocalist.

With a multitude of musical friends helping out, Ian Parry has made a really catchy album, combining elements from AOR, melodic hard rock and power metal into a strong and captivating creation. Parry's vocals are excellent, the choruses are strong, and the tunes are short but good from start to finish. All well written and excellently performed, the focus on short songs and the multitude of guest musicians on instruments as well as vocals add just the right amount of variation for such a production.

Nothing new or original, but an album to be enjoyed by most fans of melodic hard rock and melodic metal; especially those into strong and passionate vocals in their music.

Thanks to Plankowner / Windhawk for the artist addition.

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