Thursday, June 26, 2008

Album: Parhelia - Oceans Apart EP

Band: Parhelia
Album: Oceans Apart EP
Label: Self-released
Year: 2007

01.Lights In The Distance
03.Oceans Apart
04.Summer Fades
05.Storm Warning

There are few bands like Parhelia, I can even say they're totally unique, maybe not in style and genre, but this is actually the first independent post-rock band releasing something worth of a big record label.

I really love the fresh songwriting in "Oceans Apart", they did take a couple of elements of older bands like Explosions In The Sky and Red Sparowes, but Parhelia was smart enough to twist the entire scheme, both mentioned bands are well known for being guitar-driven groups, so we do hear a lot of incredible guitar-work in "Oceans Apart" but the music is always focused on atmospheres and backgrounds more than anything, yes the music is quite interesting but the mood that they create is just very beautiful and it's stealing the spotlight all the way.

Parhelia is a young band, but they have massive potential to become a praised ensemble; if the band break their musical bindings, they can and will sound better than what we hear in "Oceans Apart", they have one polished jewel already (their ability to create complex musical environments) now they have to sit and think how will they break their instruments to surprise the people who's already a listener.

The people who loves post-rock needs to keep an eye on this band, people constantly complains about the lack of new or fresh groups in the genre, here's a great band for you to dig. -Metal Storm

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