"Parallels", by Fates Warning
For the longest time, I couldn't find this CD by a band that's probably not known by many people, and I was getting really upset. This is one of the best rock CDs ever made in my opinion. The music, the sounds, the vocals, the production - it all gels on every song. FW has been around for a long time, and I have every CD they made, but this one just resonates with me every time I hear it. It's not as "hard" as some of their earlier works, but that's OK because it's the overall atmosphere of the songs that still grabs me, 14 years after it was released. I finally found it in a closet (I have no idea how it got there) and I'm happy as a clam at work listening to "leave the past behind" and "the eleventh hour". If you're a rock fan (especially if you groove to progressive rock) you owe it to yourself to get this one. It's solid through and through.
* Posted at 03.22.2005 09:05:11 AM CST | Link *