Its been four years since Pallas released their last album The Cross and the Crucible and although that is nothing compared to the 12 years gap that separated their two prior albums The Wedge and Beat The Drum, it has been a long wait.
Was the wait rewarded? Oh yes, and then some. This has to be my album of the year so far and at this late stage I can't see any other album beating it. The clips that preceded the album, just did not do the album as a whole justice. There are moments of pure beauty, moments of pure power. If you like any of Pallas's stuff in the past then get this album, it has everything. There are longish epics such as Bringer of Dreams and Too Close to The Sun, with it's rather intricate vocals and almost Genesis style keyboards and shorter tracks such as Mr Wolfe which is prog of the new order which I'm sure fans of bands like Muse would like. The album is full of little intricacies that make you sit up and listen, the fiddle at the beginning of Ghostdancers, the opera singing at the end of Last Angel and a good little bit of female soul singing incorporated into Messiah. But these intricacies aren't gimmicks, they don't disrupt the music in anyway, just enhance it. I love the way the instrumental Northern Star relaxes you and then this continues into the ambient start of Mr Wolfe, but then each instrument is "cued" in to provide a full on rocker. Nine tracks altogether, each different in their own way and yet they fit beautifully together into over 70 minutes of music. I'm not that good at describing the music, so just buy the album and let the music speak for itself