PALLAS

(UNITED KINGDOM)

THE MESSENGER

(2023)
LABEL:

AUTRE LABEL

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
80's, Neo, Symphonic
"Is Pallas essential to progressive rock? The answer is yes and repeated listens to "The Messenger" only confirm the addictive nature of this new production."
TONYB (14.02.2024)  
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How is the world doing? Bad, very bad indeed: environmental upheavals, the return of a kind of cold war, not to say war altogether, with leaders who seem unable to reach agreement, all of which hardly seems any happier than the situation evoked at the time by Pallas in "The Sentinel". And yet, despite this observation, "The Messenger", the band's ninth studio album, nevertheless tries to offer us a small glimmer of hope in the midst of this rather depressing general stagnation.

How's Pallas doing? Well, very well indeed! Seduced by the musical direction of the band, who have decided to return to their roots, Alan Reed is back behind the microphone. His voice may have lost a few of its high notes, but his instantly recognisable timbre quickly takes us back to familiar territory. From the very first bars of 'Sign of the Times', the Pallas sound is very much in evidence, with its beautifully rounded bass distilling its arpeggios, guitar riffs ripping through the atmosphere and a beautiful odd-numbered rhythm. One theme follows another and the listener settles into a superb dynamic that doesn't leave until the end of the soothing 'The Messenger'.

In keeping with the album's theme, the atmosphere is dark, heavy and sometimes disturbing, culminating in 'Fever Pitch'. To expel all that rage, the band even deliver their message with a few bars spoken like a rapper. Varying the moods, alternating intimate passages with powerful choruses and using sometimes monolithic tones to build up the tension, Pallas follow in the footsteps of their album "The Cross and the Crucible" ('The Nine'). The listener becomes even more attentive, immersing himself totally in the music and enjoying these suspended moments. Bringing the final glimmer of hope, 'The Messenger' unfolds a soothed and calming progressive sound, in more joyful tones, with grandiloquent backing vocals adding an emphasis and a breadth capable of generating a timid but beautiful hope in the future of our humanity.

Listening to this new album, one question springs to mind. As a constituent member of the progressive rock revival of the early 80s, is Pallas still an essential band? The answer is yes, a thousand times yes, and repeated listens to 'The Messenger' only confirm the addictive nature of this new production.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Sign Of The Times
02. The Great Attractor
03. Fever Pitch
04. Heavy Air
05. The Nine
06. The Messenger

LINEUP:
Alan Reed: Chant
Colin Fraser: Batterie
Graeme Murray: Basse
Niall Mathewson: Guitares
Ronnie Brown: Claviers
   
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