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OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
GenresAlternative rock, alternative metal
Years active2008–present
Associated acts
Past members
  • Aaron Burton
  • Blaine Porpiglia
  • Tim Huskinson
  • Miles Stelzig
  • Chris Giovenco

Parabelle ('para' meaning 'to resemble; 'belle' meaning 'beauty' in French) is a Canadian rock band that initially formed in 2007 as a side project by Kevin Matisyn, the former lead singer of Evans Blue, and Kenneth Nixon of Framing Hanley. Following Kevin Matisyn's departure from Evans Blue in 2008, Parabelle was formed into a full band and has undergone numerous line-up changes since then. The band's first release was a double album entitled A Summit Borderline/A Drop Oceanic on July 6, 2009. With the subsequent addition of Kyle Mathis (formerly of Neverset) and Aaron Burton, they released their second album Reassembling the Icons on November 15, 2010. An acoustic album, These Electric Pages Have Been Unplugged, featuring studio acoustic tracks, was released on May 24, 2011. The band released a third studio album,Your Starry Eyes Will Never Make Us Even, on August 21, 2012. The band released a fourth and fifth studio album, The Kill Plan in 2016 and The Rose Avail" in 2019.

The band was originally formed in the Toronto area, but is now based in Dallas, Texas.


The band's first incarnation came in 2007 when Kevin Matisyn and Kenneth Nixon began playing acoustic shows together under the name Parabelle.

Later in 2008, Kenneth Nixon left Parabelle to focus exclusively on Framing Hanley. Tim Huskinson left Framing Hanley due to back problems[1] and joined Parabelle full-time.[2] The band, no longer a side-project, announced that an album would be released in the spring or the summer of 2009.

Their debut album, A Summit Borderline/A Drop Oceanic, was released on July 6, 2009. It is a double album. The first disc is titled "A Summit Borderline," whereas the second is titled "A Drop Oceanic." The artwork for the album was a joint effort by frontman Kevin Matisyn and Julia Royal of Julia Royal's Team Vanity[citation needed].

Near the end of 2009, Parabelle added drummer Joe Maurer and guitarist Kyle Mathis to the line-up when their band Neverset parted ways. Parabelle had opened for Neverset during their "Hooker and Hand Grenades" tour before their breakup.

In 2010, Parabelle began recording a new record. Kevin Matisyn announced that it would be produced by Mike Langford, who engineered the first two Evans Blue albums.[3] When asked about the sound of the album, Matisyn commented “I think it’s similar, that moody kinda style, that’s definitely what we are going for with this new record. I wanted to do a darker record musically, but a little more positive lyrically.”[4]

The band debuted the first song from the album, "More", on Alternative Addiction in April 2010. "More" peaked as the number 2 song on Alternative Addiction's Top 20 Chart.

On November 3, 2010, Parabelle premiered the music video for "Kiss the Flag: The Widow."[5] It was stated in the video's description that the new album, Reassembling the Icons, would be available on November 16.

On November 11, the band released another song from their new album titled "Reassembling the Icons".

On November 15, the album was released a day early via iTunes and Reassembling the Icons debuted at No. 8 on iTunes Top 100 Rock Albums.

On April 14, the band released a YouTube video of the single "Us (Walk Away)".[6]

On April 22, Parabelle released the track list for their upcoming album via Facebook. The album was released on May 24, 2011. Album artwork was designed by Will Schaule influenced by Kevin Matisyn.

On October 3, 2011, Parabelle released a new single "This Life".[7][8][9]

The lead single from the album, "Let It Out" was released July 15, 2012 and the album was released on August 21, 2012. The album was partially funded using crowd funding website Kickstarter.[10] Beginning in early 2012, the band began playing several shows with Evans Blue's former drummer Howard Davis.

In January 2013 a compilation album and DVD, Air, was announced, and later released on April 16, 2013. It includes five new tracks, and studio recorded acoustic versions of five songs from Your Starry Eyes Will Never Make Us Even and one song from A Summit Borderline.

In July 2014 the band announced on Facebook that they had already recorded demos for their next album The Kill Plan, and that the album would start recording once funding for the album has been secured.[11]

On September 22, 2015, the band released the first single "Remarkable Lies (Your Cover's Blown)". On September 29, 2015 they released the second single "The Kill Plan", and announced an independent crowd funding website. The band decided on not using Kickstarter for this album, citing losing a cut of the funding to Kickstarter as the primary reason. Along with a physical preorder of the album, multiple packages were made available with merchandise exclusive to the campaign. On October 16 the $15,000 goal was reached, and on November 19 the campaign concluded with all three stretch goals met.[12]



  • Kevin Matisyn – lead vocals (2008–present)
  • Kyle Mathis – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2009–present)
  • Chip Stewart – guitars (2018–present)
  • Justin Baisden – bass guitars (2019–present)
  • Mike Langford – drums (2019–present)


  • Blaine Porpiglia – drums (2009)
  • Tim Huskinson – guitar (2008–2009)
  • Miles Stelzig – guitar (2008–2009)
  • Chris "Gio" Giovenco – bass (2008–2012)
  • Aaron Burton – guitar (2009–2016)

Touring musicians:

  • Jordan Hatfield – drums (2010–2011)
  • Alex Rodriguez – drums (2013–2015)
  • Howard Davis – drums (2012–2013, 2015–present)




  1. ^ "Closing A Chapter;Opening A New One van Framing Hanley op Myspace". 2008-06-27. Archived from the original on 2009-02-07. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  2. ^ "NEW PARABELLE DRUMMER van Parabelle op Myspace". Archived from the original on 2012-07-07. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  3. ^ "Update van Parabelle op Myspace". 2010-02-09. Archived from the original on 2012-07-13. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  4. ^ "Former Evans Blue Singer Forms Parabelle". Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  5. ^ "Parabelle - Kiss the Flag: The Widow". YouTube. 2010-11-03. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  6. ^ "Parabelle - Us (Walk Away) (Acoustic)". YouTube. 2011-04-14. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  7. ^ "iTunes - Music - This Life - Single by Parabelle". 2011-10-03. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  8. ^ / 00:00 (2011-10-04). "This Life | Parabelle". Retrieved 2012-03-04.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  9. ^ "Parabelle - This Life - OFFICIAL lyric video". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  10. ^ "Parabelle - Your Starry Eyes Will Never Make Us Even". Kickstarter. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
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  12. ^ "parastarter". parastarter. Retrieved 2015-11-18.

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