The Kill Plan



by TheSupernatural USER (17 Reviews)
November 5th, 2016 | 7 replies

Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Parabelle settles into a comfortable groove in their most consistent release to date.

I recall reading an interview several years ago with Parabelle's frontman and lead vocalist, Kevin Matisyn. In the interview, he stated that his biggest influence was fellow Canadian Matthew Good. It's curious how Matisyn's career has paralleled Good's. They both gained popularity in different bands originally (The Matthew Good Band and Evans Blue). Their best work came out shortly after these bands (Avalanche and A Summit Borderline/A Drop Oceanic). Now they have both settled comfortably in a style that matches a sound closer to their first bands.

On The Kill Plan, Parabelle keeps things fairly straightforward. Unlike Your Starry Eyes Will Never Make Us Even and Reassembling the Icons, the song structures and dynamics maintain a fairly predictable pattern. That being said, the guitar and vocal melodies keep things pretty interesting. Matisyn's voice tends to be the focus of Parabelle's music, and The Kill Plan is no exception. Some songs like "Shattering" and "Shallows succeed specifically because of the vocals. Others like "Like a Bird" are moved along through intricate guitar work. Throughout the album's entirety, the songs feel very cohesive. Consistent can be a synonym for monotonous in music, but Parabelle seems to avoid that in large part because of the attention to detail to every verse and chorus. On the production side, the layered vocal effect that have been a signature of Parabelle's is used more sparingly and more effectively.

Lyically, Parabelle also remains consistent in this album. Even with some very familiar topics (personal relationships and personal reflection), The Kill Plan stands out in some areas. Songs like "Prisoner" and "Kiss the Flag: The Wounded" are noteworthy for their lyricism, which add a bit of imagery to the trend of emotional songs with vague wording. There are moments where it can be amusing to see how many different ways the words "cold," "eyes," "sun," "light," and "dark," can be used, but Matisyn still manages to compose the lyrics into an appealing form.

I doubt The Kill Plan will be lauded by anyone as Parabelle's best album, but it remains a well-crafted addition to Parabelle's discography. Several songs have mainstream appeal and it would be unsurprising to see them make their way to rock radio stations.

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November 5th 2016


Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

First review in a year and a half. If I made any errors (I likely did), just let me know

Despite only giving it a 3.5 I think there's a lot of good stuff here. Prisoner, the title track, and Shallows are all pretty memorable and I'll be listening to them for a while.

November 5th 2016


Matisyn has a good voice, I might check this

Digging: Kishi Bashi - Omoiyari

November 5th 2016


I'd try and get a bit more of what the album actually sounds like in there tbh - until you mentioned 'rock' in the last paragraph I had very little idea of what this was driving at :/ Solidly written aside from that though!

November 5th 2016


Album Rating: 3.5

This was pretty good.

Digging: Sukekiyo - INFINITUM

November 7th 2016


That album cover looks like it'd be the cover to an Anatomy textbook

November 7th 2016


Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Yeah the cover is pretty damn cheesy to be honest. Their last one was this weird illustration that looked like it belonged in a children's story but I really enjoyed it for that reason. It worked with a lot of the songs. Not so sure about this one

February 10th 2017


Good review and good band although after a summit borderline I don't think they've ever lived up to Matisyn era Evans Blue. I will argue that Reassembling the Icons was easily their most structurally predictable album by far in their discography, although still a good album

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