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EP REVIEW: The Parachuting Apostles - Dish Pig (EP)

By: Cyrus Rhodes



"Soundgarden on Steriods"





Artist: The Parachuting Apostles

EP: Dish Pig

Label: Devil's Quill Promotions, Publishing

Website: http://www.theparachutingapostles.com/

Genre: Progressive Metal, Alternative Metal, Hard Rock

Sounds Like: Mudvayne, Alice in Chains, Tool, Dream Theatre, Rage Against the Machine

Technical Grade: 9/10

Production/Musicianship Grade: 9/10
Commercial Value: 8/10
Overall Talent Level: 9/10
Songwriting Skills: 9/10
Performance Skill: 9/10
Best Songs: All of them

Weakness: More Prolonged-Melodic Screams Please, Album Title Concept, Short Sided EP, EP Release



Philadelphia, PA based 5 piece Parachuting Apostles just released their 3 song EP Dish Pig in 2012. Band line-up includes: Domenic Malandro on sax/lead vocals, Louis Graff on guitar/vocals, Kenny Luu on guitar, Jake Dean on bass, and Branden King on drums.

The EP kicks things off with Track 1 “Common Criminal” a methodical/rocking prelude of sorts that’s serves up full tilt guitar driven groove, panted against dynamic musical flow and impressive vocal delivery. This leads you head first into Track 2 “Remedy” serving up rock steady anthem that serves up methodical musical build against foreboding vocal attack and thought provoking lyrical content throughout. As the EP quickly unfolds I can hear influences ranging from Faith No More, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Tool, Dream Theatre, with perhaps a dash of Rage Against the Machine and even Mudvayne. The music has everything you would expect from a dynamic Progressive Rock CD, but also touches straight-up Metalcore, and dynamic Progressive Metal and Fusion. The style of the music is highly original and refuses to be pinned down the first listen. The vocals from Malandro are impressive, compelling and push the envelope and imagination to the hilt. The guitar playing is very melodic, heavy and dynamic and the musical flow and ebb factor is highly creative. The overall vocal style works extremely well with this confines of this progressive rock catalogue and the vocal intensity and emotions is off the charts. Rhythm section - lays down the low end groove thick as a brick. What I like most about the music is its sheer unpredictability note for note and song for song. By track 3 the EP hits solid stride dishing out three impressive songs in a row. Like a heavy weight boxer the songs keep coming at you one after the other - with no sign of letting up. I also like some of the curve ball timing changes thrown at the listener throughout. The EP ends with Track 3 “On Top of the Airway” another live track and the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.  

I wish I head a few more prolonged-sustained-melodic screams throughout. I don’t get the EP title and how it relates to the catalogue. I typically don’t give EP’s 10 star ratings. The full length release is a more complete snapshot of what an artists is capable of. Having said that – roll out the Full Length release already.  I also wish there were say 2 more songs on this short sided EP.

This latest release from The Parachuting Apostles entitled Dish Pig is a solid musical statement from start to finish. This is Soundgarden on steroids. Its strength – the strong song for song consistency, progressive dynamics and that keeps coming at you. The music is progressive, unpredictable, heavy and original. Like a heavy weight fighter this EP packs a powerful punch, and goes the full 12 rounds with no sign of letting up.  

Cyrus Rhodes