began as a progressive-power band, but after their heaviest album No Exit
they have been regarded as a clear progressive one. In No Exit
Ray Alder was the new singer who replaced John Arch
and gave the sense of lyricism. Since then Jim Matheos
has started to express through Fates' songs human feelings and psychological situations that people face during their lives and the album which contains all these is Parallels
This album is not a simple one, is not just a music album, but an alive book. The first track ''Leave the past behind'' is opening the album and guides us into a world of feelings that many people hide and never let them out. All the songs are so perfectly composed that every lyric stays in mind such as ''Eye to eye'', ''Point of view'' and ''We only say goodbuy''. Just listen to ''The eleven hour'', how it begins and its evolution, the power and the melodic parts. This song is the most melancholic poem that Fates have ever written. Apart from Ray we can hear another great frontman in progressive singing in ''Life
in still water'' and this man is James Labrie. This participation is another proof that Paralles is not a simple album, but a masterpiece which has changed progressive metal.
It is known that all the books apart from the beginning have an end too. In Parallels
the song ''The road goes on forever'' is that one which ends it and at the same time is a given promise from those who do not want to stay back in their life and they will let their feelings guide them. Well this is my thought and do not take it for granted, because some others may have a different opinion.
There are many poeople who say that Parallels
is a commercial album and they wonder how this album can be a real example of progressive metal. The true is that this album is not as commercial as it seems and that because Fates did not try to compose complicated songs which are supposed to be indispensable for a progressive album, but they chose to write simple songs. You have more benefits when you follow the simple way rather than the complicated one. Fates with Parallels
completed their best trilogy No Exit
, Perfect Symetry and Parallels
and the last one was and still remains the summit of that trilogy!