Vanilla Rex
Parallel Worlds

Release date: October 2005
Self produced
Provided by: Vanilla Rex
Progressive Metal

Rating: 70/100
Reviewed by:
Kenn Jensen
April 25th 2006

Vanilla Rex goes way back, kicking into gear back in the 80's releasing numerous demo tapes, but it was until 1998 things started crystallize for them. The result was their first self produced mini-album: "Requiem in Red" released in 1999. A year later their first album: "Genius Diary" was released (only 200 copies). Then things slowed down for some time, and it wasn't until October 2004 that there was another sign of life from Vanilla Rex when they released a 3 song maxi-CD called: "Shadows of Insanity".

Exactly one year later they were back with this album "Parallel Worlds", and if they started out playing NWOBHM and power metal - I don't know any of their earlier stuff - then I must admit, this is something completely different.

Progressive metal with influences from such genre titans as Dream Theatre, Threshold and Symphony X is what shoots out of my speakers. And that's exactly where my main issue with this album lies - the stuff coming out of the speakers... the sound on this CD is dreadful, making it hard to pick the parts apart and really ruining an otherwise interesting album.

Because it's not hard to tell that we are dealing with some very good musicians, who are capable of writing interesting and challenging progressive metal, but most of the time it is so hard to figure out if the 0's and 1's are coming correctly.

7 very complex and interesting songs - and a short intro - is what Vanilla Rex is offering us the listeners, and I do like their music a lot, and I do believe they possesses a lot of potential - first of all they need a crystal clear sound, because all the finesses and fine moments drowns in a puddle of mud.

So if you think you can live with the sound, and is up for a good dose of progressive metal, then I think you should check this album out, because it's filled with strong parts and fine little pieces, and the music itself justifies a higher score, but...