Parabelle
Reassembling the Icons


2.0
poor

Review

by D41V30N USER (5 Reviews)
November 20th, 2010 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Parabelle's 2nd studio album, Reassembling The Icons, perfectly showcases how excellent production quality is pointless if the music itself is pointless

Brilliant albums, utterly ruined by the terrible production quality - this problem has been one of the major disappointments with many albums throughout the history of music. Many listeners simply neglect the record or cannot feel the record grow on them if its overall production quality is awful. Excellent music with poor production quality - a tragedy to many albums. And Parabelle's second studio album, Reassembling The Icons, is exactly the opposite in both the cases: excellent production quality with poor music.

Ever since Evans Blue released their debut album, Kevin Matisyn has been one of the very few mainstream musicians I found myself liking. Both of the albums released by Evans Blue under Kevin were brilliant, especially the second one. Unfortunately, Kevin had to leave Evans Blue and ultimately form Parabelle. And with them, he released their debut double-album which was yet another magnificent album by Kevin, including everything that a rock album should have. Now, within just one year, Parabelle releases their second studio effort. That was fast.

Upon first listen, anyone will be surprised by the improvement in the production quality - no less than excellent and very nostalgically similar to Evans Blue's second album, the Pursuit. Surely, it is no surprise as Kevin brought back Mike Langford, who recorded Evans Blue's first two albums, into the fray. However, what good will production quality do if the songs are not good themselves?

The album opener, "The Clocks", would tend to give you the impression that the album would not only be hard, but also very energetic and as good as the Evans Blue albums - a point further confirmed by the next track, "More" and "Kiss The Flag: The Widow". And that is all.

The first thought that came to my mind after scrutinizing the album would be: "They should have taken some more time before writing a new album". When you have heard Evans Blue's Pursuit, it becomes automatically clear that this album suffers from lack of innovation and there is very little variation overall, and it is all due to the fact that they released an album without taking enough time to write good enough material. The same style of guitars going on and on and on throughout the whole album; disappointingly sluggish-slow choruses in each and every song; and even though the vocal performances are excellent, there is little variation to it. No growls. No fast verses. Only limp, sluggish, slow singing - and even though these slow verses are applied perfectly, it only adds to the monotony of the album.

The slow verses now brings us to the lack of energy of the album. Even though the album starts off with a few energetic songs, what little energy the album had in its first few songs disappears midway and retains this lacking to the end. Yes, the intro of "Twisted And Turned" will make you seem like the album would end with an explosion. But the energy only lasts for the first 15 seconds, and then turns into all those "other" songs in the album. Fans who have been expecting heavier and harder material from them (like "Pray To The Pessimist" from their debut) in this album, consider your expectations disappointed. You are only getting non-energetic monotonous songs, followed by a very VERY average acoustic version of the song, "Pray To The Pessimist" in the form of "Pray" to end this disappointing album.

Although Parabelle's second studio album is quite possibly the worst effort by Kevin Matisyn up-to-date, it is very generic to all those other successful mainstream rock acts out there with a subtle feel to it. If you are a fan of all those non-unique stereotypical rock bands out there, you may actually like this album. After all, if you can like Bullet For My Valentine's "Fever", I think Parabelle's "Reassembling The Icons" may deliberately make it to your favorites list. For people who tend to look for variation, innovative songs, and energy in their music, I have to say that this is not your cup of tea.

Overall, "Reassembling The Icons" is an agonizingly average album, but when the bands musicians have written outstanding materials in the past (all three albums released by Kevin in the past, in this case), any average material automatically becomes bad because of the major disappointment it carries.

Recommended Tracks (for people who look for some variation and energy and whatsoever):
"The Clocks"
"More"
"Kiss The Flag : The Widow"


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D41V30N
November 20th 2010


949 Comments


I tried to make it as simple as possible, and there may be too much note of Evans Blue in it, but it was unavoidable. When musicians have released awesome materials in the past and the present material sucks, there will always be comparisons.

And please be gentle on me. This is my second review >.

crsini
November 20th 2010


93 Comments


You should reword the summary a bit.
"Both [of] the albums released by Evans Blue"
"The same style of guitars going on and on and on throughout the whole album. Disappointingly sluggish-slow choruses in each and every song. And even though the vocal performances are excellent, there is little variation to it." You may want to try to make that into one sentence.

That's all just minor stuff though. Good review. Pos'd


D41V30N
November 20th 2010


949 Comments


Thanks for the tips .

greg84
Staff Reviewer
November 20th 2010


7397 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah. Exactly. What happened to these guys? I was a huge fan of their first album, but this is probably the biggest letdown of the year. The review is spot-on. They went mainstream on this record and the result is really lame.

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D41V30N
November 20th 2010


949 Comments


I was kinda shocked when I heard the third song from the track -.-"
And by the time I ended listening to it, I was frustrated. They should've at least put one heavy songs in there. But no -.-"

greg84
Staff Reviewer
November 20th 2010


7397 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

It's not exactly a lack of heaviness that worries me the most, but rather a lack of quality
songwriting. Really, there are like 4 tracks on here worth listening to: Kiss The Flag 2, Twisted And
Turned, More, The Clocks and the acoustic version of Pray to the Pessimist is quite nifty, if nothing
new.

D41V30N
November 20th 2010


949 Comments


"lack of quality songwriting" - exactly!
They really should've taken more time to write the new album.

Darkvoid67
November 20th 2010


383 Comments


perfectly showcases how excellent production quality is pointless if the music themselves are pointless

Shouldn't this be "if the music itself wasn't so pointless?"

D41V30N
November 20th 2010


949 Comments


O.o
Damn XD. I first wrote "tracks themselves" and changed "tracks" to "music" but forgot to change "themselves" into "itself" :P. I'll change it right away.

hardknox
December 13th 2011


12 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I disagree with your view but got to give you props on a really good review

Alondite
September 1st 2012


161 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nowhere near "Summit/Drop." Really disappointing.

nickg42084
September 16th 2012


88 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I disagree with this review almost completely but you are entitled to your opinion.

SadAndHolyGlow
October 29th 2012


1521 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

The review isn't poorly reviewed, but I have such a hard time agreeing with you, considering that this an independently released album. That probably explains the quality. It doesn't sound much "worse" than their first to me.

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ABjordanMM
November 24th 2012


1411 Comments


I think this is their worst. Don't understand the ratings.

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hardknox
February 10th 2013


12 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think this album's popularity came from people wanting more similarity to the alternative rock of his work in Evans Blue, this album feels more like A Drop Oceanic part 2. Plus you have to keep in mind during the recording of this album Parabelle only had 2 out of the five original members from their first album which were Kevin and Gio though Gio left during the recording of their 3rd album. For those of you wanting an album close to the sound of their first you are going to have to give up on that now that Kevin is the only original member in the band and he doesn't get involved with anything other than vocals.

ABjordanMM
February 11th 2013


1411 Comments


I thought their new one sounded more like a drop than this one.



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