EP: The Parallel – Embark
October 9th, 2015
The Parallel show fans that djent and tech metal can be accessible by all. Going into amazing parts of technical beauty through to pure moments of vocal extremity, this band is one that will likely be bursting through the underground and conquering major festivals very soon. Guitarists Luke Snider and Brett Cox play with some of the most vital and amazing riffs, and to do this on what is only their debut EP shows amazing promise.
One of the best songs on this effort is closer ‘Endeavours’; from this an almost indie type riff goes into what is one of the most complex songs off this entire EP. Death growls from Matt Johnson are screamed heavier than most extreme metal bands in your ears, complimented by Cox‘s beautiful melodic vocal arrangements. The ending of this track is also one of the most beautiful parts of the EP, with a pure melodic guitar playing out the EP and giving it a natural conclusion.
To say that about ‘Endeavours’, however, ‘Shipwrecked’ gives another aspect of the band to the forefront. The track brings forward the band’s influences, particularly SikTh. This is due to the jarring way that Johnson and Cox resonate off of each other to give this track a pure chaotic sound. The guitars are also pure exploring, and the drums are pulverising again. All in all, this track may display where The Parallel may have come from and their introduction to the music scene as a whole.
To say that this release is perfect would be a bit of an overstatement. This does show promise, however, and does create intrigue. It’s not poor by any stretch of the imagination, with the band showing technical promise as much as the vocals and instrumentation do. This EP will sound good in a decent pub and live venue, leading it to become an underground gem, but for doing well compared to the heavy hitters within their scene, the band will grow within time and hopefully rise to higher heights.
Written by Bradley Cassidy