Parallels (album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 29, 1991 (1991-10-29)[1]
StudioMetalworks Studios in Mississauga
GenreProgressive metal
LabelMetal Blade
ProducerTerry Brown, Brian Slagel
Fates Warning chronology
Perfect Symmetry
Inside Out
Singles from Parallels

Parallels is the sixth studio album by progressive metal band Fates Warning, released on October 29, 1991 through Metal Blade Records. The album reached No. 20 on the U.S. Billboard Heatseekers chart.[2]

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. Producer Terry Brown came up with the idea of bringing in LaBrie, as he had just joined Dream Theater and had a similar style.[citation needed] On March 16, 2010 a special edition of Parallels was released through Metal Blade. This included a remaster of the original album, a bonus disc of live and demo tracks, as well as a DVD.[3][4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[4]
Rock Hard10/10[5]

Eduardo Rivadavia at AllMusic gave Parallels three stars out of five, calling it Fates Warning's "biggest commercial if not artistic success" and "an ideal first purchase for fans of traditional '80s metal." Highlights noted were "Eye to Eye", "Point of View" and "We Only Say Goodbye".[4]

In 2005, the album was ranked No. 371 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jim Matheos.

1."Leave the Past Behind"6:13
2."Life in Still Water"5:44
3."Eye to Eye"4:06
4."The Eleventh Hour"8:11
5."Point of View"5:07
6."We Only Say Goodbye"4:55
7."Don't Follow Me"4:40
8."The Road Goes on Forever"6:31
Total length:45:27

2010 deluxe edition bonus tracks[edit]

Disc 2
1."Leave the Past Behind"4:39
2."Don't Follow Me"5:19
3."The Eleventh Hour"8:09
4."Point of View"4:20
5."Eye to Eye"4:06
6."Nothing Left to Say"7:59
8."Through Different Eyes"4:39
9."Leave the Past Behind"5:50
10."Eye to Eye"4:06
11."The Eleventh Hour"7:39
12."Point of View"4:50
13."Don't Follow Me"4:17
14."The Road Goes on Forever"5:43
  • Tracks 1–8 were recorded at the Palace Theatre in Hollywood, California on January 23, 1992.
  • Tracks 9–14 are demos.
Bonus DVD
1."Leave the Past Behind" 
2."Static Acts" 
3."Don't Follow Me" 
4."Part of the Machine" 
5."The Eleventh Hour" 
6."Point of View" 
7."Silent Cries" 
8."Life in Still Water" 
9."Eye to Eye" 
10."Nothing Left to Say" 
12."Damnation/In a Word" 
13."Through Different Eyes" 
  • Filmed live in concert in New Haven, Connecticut on February 13, 1992.
  • Features current interviews with all band members as well as acclaimed producer Terry Brown and Metal Blade Records CEO Brian Slagel.
  • Rare and exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes footage from the 1992 U.S. tour.
  • Includes music videos for "Eye to Eye" and "Point of View".


Fates Warning[edit]

Additional credits[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
1991 Billboard Top Heatseekers 20[7]


  1. ^ "Fates Warning "Parallels"". Metal Blade Records. Retrieved 2015-10-29.
  2. ^ "Parallels - Fates Warning | Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2015-03-23.
  3. ^ "Parallels". Retrieved 2015-03-23.
  4. ^ a b c Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Parallels - Fates Warning". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2015-03-23.
  5. ^ Stratmann, Holger. "Review" (in German). Rock Hard. issue 55. Retrieved 2015-03-23.
  6. ^ [...], 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.
  7. ^ "Parallels - Fates Warning | Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2015-03-23.