Parallels (album)

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Parallels
Studio album by Fates Warning
Released October 29, 1991 (1991-10-29)
Recorded 1991
Genre Progressive metal, progressive rock
Length 45:25
Label Metal Blade
Producer Terry Brown
Fates Warning chronology
Perfect Symmetry
(1989)
Parallels
(1991)
Inside Out
(1994)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Rock Hard (de) 10/10[2]

Parallels is the sixth studio album by progressive metal band Fates Warning, released in November 1991 through Metal Blade Records. The band's most successful album so far, it has sold over 150,000 copies due to the success of the singles "Eye to Eye", "Point of View", and "We Only Say Goodbye". James LaBrie performs harmony vocals on the song "Life in Still Water" due to Ray Alder having to leave Toronto and not having time to finish with the backing vocals. Terry Brown came up with the idea of bringing LaBrie in as he had just joined Dream Theater and had a similar style. On March 16, 2010 Metal Blade Records released a special edition of Parallels. The special edition included remastered audio of the original album, live and demo tracks, and a DVD.

Critical reception[edit]

In 2005, Parallels was ranked number 371 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[3] It also ranked 20, on the Billboard heatseekers chart.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All music and lyrics by Jim Matheos.

No. Title Length
1. "Leave the Past Behind"   6:13
2. "Life in Still Water"   5:44
3. "Eye to Eye"   4:05
4. "The Eleventh Hour"   8:11
5. "Point of View"   5:07
6. "We Only Say Goodbye"   4:55
7. "Don't Follow Me"   4:42
8. "The Road Goes on Forever"   6:28

2010 deluxe edition bonus tracks[edit]

Disc 2
No. Title Length
1. "Leave the Past Behind" (live) 4:39
2. "Don't Follow Me" (live) 5:19
3. "The Eleventh Hour" (live) 8:09
4. "Point of View" (live) 4:20
5. "Eye to Eye" (live) 4:06
6. "Nothing Left to Say" (live) 7:59
7. "Quietus" (live) 4:00
8. "Through Different Eyes" (live) 4:39
9. "Leave the Past Behind" (demo version) 5:50
10. "Eye to Eye" (demo version) 4:06
11. "The Eleventh Hour" (demo version) 7:39
12. "Point of View" (demo version) 4:50
13. "Don't Follow Me" (demo version) 4:17
14. "The Road Goes on Forever" (demo version) 5:43
  • Tracks 1-8 recorded at the Palace Theatre in Hollywood, California on January 23, 1992.
DVD

Personnel[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • James LaBrie, the lead singer for Dream Theater, is a guest artist on "Life in Still Water."
  • In the liner notes the band thanks "Dream Theatre." Dream Theater, who find this common misspelling annoying, jokingly thanked "Fatez Warning" in the liner notes for their 1992 album Images and Words.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Parallels - Fates Warning". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-04-04.
  2. ^ Stratmann, Holger. "Rock Hard review". issue 55. Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  3. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 60. ISBN 3-89880-517-4. 
  4. ^ Allmusic "Parallels Awards"