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Matthew Parmenter


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Known for his narrative songwriting and costumed performances as front man for the band Discipline., Matthew PARMENTER unveils his highly anticipated solo release, “Astray”. The 68-minute CD features all new tracks including the 21-minute song suite “Modern Times”.

Produced and engineered by PARMENTER, “Astray” is decidedly psychedelic in atmosphere. Songs unfold into dreamlike improvisations that surround the listener. Bassist Mathew Kennedy appears throughout the CD, the sole guest musician on “Astray”. PARMENTER covers vocals and other audibles, including piano, guitar, drums, saxophone, violin, organ, synthesizers, marimba, Theremin, and Mellotron sounds.

Strung Out Records originally released Discipline.’s studio CDs, “Push & Profit” and “Unfolded Like Staircase”. Following the success of “Unfolded:”, Stereo Periferic released and distributed both DISCIPLINE CDs in Europe.
Worldwide sales, interviews, reviews, and hundreds of Internet postings on Usenet discussion groups such as helped to establish PARMENTER and DISCIPLINE as mainstays of the underground progressive rock movement.

In addition to his work with DISCIPLINE, PARMENTER has performed with other bands on stage and in the studio. PARMENTER provided descant violin for the band Tiles on their CDs “Presents of Mind” and “Window Dressing”.



from the album astray

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  • braingrinder87

    Matthew is best progressive rock musician for me ! He's make amazing music !!!

    9 Mar 2012 Reply
  • ManiacForces

    Is Jon Preston Bouda still with him?

    14 Jan 2011 Reply
  • MotherDear

    and is he actually thinking of touring any time soon? I mean come on mate! I know everyone's penniless right now but damn, I'll set up a nice comfy mattress in my room if needs be.

    17 Jan 2010 Reply
  • parabolasrcool

    i met him at NEARfest last weekend. he gave me a free copy of Astray because he liked my syd barrett shirt. i didn't really know who he was at the time and i felt kinda silly when i looked him up later and realized he was fairly well known. i don't know why he was so self conscious about it, especially since he was pretty successful with discipline, but he played it off like it was a really amateur recording. infact he told me i probably wouldn't like it. though, he was reasonably drunk... anyway, i thought it was fantastic. a lot of it reminded me of van der graaf generator, and some parts reminded me of gentle giant. it's obvious he's been influenced by peter hammill, but he really pulls it off well. also it was an interesting coincidence that we're both from southeast michigan and the festival is in bethlehem, pennsylvania so its not like there were a lot of people there from michigan. anyway, cool guy. the end.

    26 Jun 2009 Reply
  • metaldream

    art of horror!!! amazing...

    25 Jan 2009 Reply
  • carltonh

    Parmenter's work, including on Discipline, is the most original reinvention of horror in music since first used by Black Sabbath. But where Black Sabbath focused on a mystical horror, Parmenter focused on the psychological to even greater effect without the instrumentation being necessarily dark and rarely if ever metal. Bravo. Unfolded Like Staircase is an all-time favorite.

    25 Dec 2008 Reply
  • MotherDear

    so where exactly does one buy Horror Express without paying like 20 dollars on amazon?

    11 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Mark_H

    Agree that Horror Express is one of the best albums of 2008 so far.

    10 Aug 2008 Reply
  • Kcrimso

    Great artist! Horror Express is the best new album of the year 2008.

    20 Jul 2008 Reply
  • The_Lurker

    I'm really digging Horror Express.

    30 Jun 2008 Reply
  • prog-jester

    In the Dark is amazing as well ^_^

    14 Jun 2008 Reply
  • prog-jester

    Now is a fantastic song

    17 Mar 2008 Reply
  • chasis

    So great and so underappreciated...

    4 Jun 2007 Reply

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