Parabelle   A Summit Borderline/A Drop Oceanic
4.0
excellent
Ranking: #176 for 2009

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4.5 superbPatrickMF | November 25th 09

Parabelle is a brand new band that contains an ex member of Framing Hanley, and the original singer of Evans Blue, Kevin Matisyn, who had minor success on the radio with “Cold (But I’m Still Here)”. Evans Blue released two albums and then a major fall out happened, and then the remaining members of the band went back and forth with Matisyn online. It got ugly, but finally both the band, and Matisyn moved on. Evans Blue has since then found a new singer and released a third album. Matisyn went full force, quickly writing a double albums worth of material, in one year or so. Parabelle combines current genres such as screamo, and hard rock, with Matisyn’s polarizing, emotional vocals and heart-on-the-sleeve lyrics. I knew that I loved Matisyn’s vocals and lyrics with Evans Blue, but I didn’t know what to expect with Parabelle. Here’s my take on “A Summit Borderline”, the first disc of their debut double album.

1. Pray To The Pessimist (3:56) 10/10
2. Are You Alarmed? (4:10) 10/10
3. Atonement (4:11) 10/10
4. The Conversation Ends (4:37) 10/10
5. He Started Off Well (4:14) 8.5/10
6. First (4:00) 10/10
7. Face This Charade (3:46) 9/10
8. Whore (3:26) 9/10
9. When The Last Words Are Sighs (4:00) 9/10
10. A Summit Borderline (7:10) 10/10

Overall: 10 songs @ 43:24 9/10

I remember being blown away the first time I heard the album. Every song just had parts that I loved, and the more I play it, the more the chorus’ got stuck in my head, the more the melodies stick, etc. Whether it’s the HUGE chorus of “Pray To The Pessimist”, the awesome screaming section in “The Conversation Ends”, the awesome breakdown riff of “First”, the Chiodos meets Korn guitar squeals of “When The Last Words Are Sighs” or the epic, ambient album closer, “A Summit Borderline”, this album just has many parts that still keep me coming back. The albums sound like a little heavier, and less produced version of Evans Blue, with the guitar lines and melodies of all of these modern noodly bands, say a Circa Survive, or the likes. This band is a very good modern band, with influences coming from a lot of directions. The production isn’t the best, and that’s simply because the band really had no label pushing it, and they paid for the costs. Some people think it takes away from the album, but it’s not that bad at all. People are just spoiled because most albums have so much gloss and perfection. This album’s production is just fine. Overall, I had no expectations coming into it, and I can say that now I will if this band releases more stuff, cause they are really capable. I thoroughly enjoy “ A Summit Borderline.”


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4.0 excellentBritch2tiger | November 5th 16

FINALLY, Evans Blue made an album able to reach the 4-spectrum! The second disc has more "eh" songs than the first, but both collectively build up a melodic hard rock that clearly stands out when compared to other [hard rock] albums. It resonates as a harder variation of the Transatlanticism [Death Cab For Cutie] album.

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1.0 awfultripleb2k | July 13th 09

This guys voice is awful! please tell me why people think he's good... I'm dying to understand why they think he's good.

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5.0 classicTheSupernatural | December 13th 17

Excessively ambitious and lamentably produced are two ways to accurately describe Parabelle's initial double album, but the songwriting somehow shines through because of it. "Blur" deserves a separate mention for being Kevin Matisyn's outright best song.

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