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XXV

24 Jan. 2011 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 21 Jan. 2011
  • Release Date: 24 Jan. 2011
  • Label: Music Theories
  • Copyright: 2011 Mascot Music Productions and Publishing BV
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  • Total Length: 1:01:54
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  • ASIN: B004IJJWB2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,483 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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After one of the longest gestation periods in musical history, the follow-up to Pallas' first album The Sentinel with its Atlantean/Cold War message from the future has set the bar very high for rock and prog rock even at this early stage of the year.

Taking up those big themes from that album more than a quarter of a century ago, XXV just grabs you by the jacket lapels from the very start of brilliant opener "Falling Down" and demands to be listened to at every stage of the "journey". Denser, darker and more dramatic than previous albums, the tracks link together seamlessly, combining meaty guitar riff-driven passages with atmosphere-laden spacey and watery sequences...and much more more.

"Crash and Burn" evokes total chaos and disorder contrasting with the beautiful, dreamy "Violet Sky" but "Monster" is the outstanding track with its tremendous mix brooding menace and air of desolation.

This is the first outing for new vocalist Paul Mackie whose voice burns, soars and aches but is never swamped by power and intricacy of the tracks.

With a spot-on production which brings out the power and pathos of this extraordinary collection - plus some devastatingly original, futuristic artwork, Pallas may at last be on course for much wider recognition after a longevity spanning more than 25 years. This, believe me, will be one of the most important and talked-about albums of 2011.
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CLASSIC ROCK PRESENTS PROG ISSUE 14 REVIEW BY NICK SHILTON

REPRODUCED BY KIND PERMISSION

Over a quarter of a century has elapsed since the 1984 release of seminal Pallas album The Sentinel.

The Scottish proggers were among British prog's nearly men in the 1980s. While their EMI labelmates Marillion rose (at least briefly) to the dizzy heights of hit singles and mainstream approbation: by the late 1980s Pallas had slunk back to Aberdeen, having failed to fulfil their potential.

Following a lengthy hiatus, Pallas returned tentatively to action with 1998's Beat The Drum. Since then they've released a couple of solid albums in 2001's The Cross & The Crucible and 2005's The Dreams Of Men. But until now The Sentinel has indubitably marked Pallas's finest hour. And hence, not least given its billing as The Sentinel Part 2, XXV arrives burdened with heavy expectations.

But let's deal with the elephant in the room first. XXV is the first Pallas album since 1986's The Wedge not to feature singer Alan Reed. Of course, Reed didn't feature on The Sentinel either, which represented the swansong of Euan Lowson. But in the interim Reed has become almost synonymous with Pallas.

Earlier this year, to his considerable consternation, Reed found himself summarily ejected from the band, with his former bandmates intimating that the vocalist had become insufficiently committed to the band. Highly charged press releases aside, Reed's replacement Paul Mackie has a challenge on his hands alongside Pallas stalwarts guitarist Niall Mathewson, bassist Graeme Murray, keyboardist Ronnie Brown and drummer Colin Fraser.

Aside from its lavish, vivid artwork, the sheer quality of XXV is immediately striking.
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Just received my copy of XXV and must admit i was a bit wary with alan(reed) going and paul(mackie)stepping in...but glad to say on the first couple of listens XXV is another fantastic album by one of my fav prog rock bands ever...and just to make me even more happy pallas are playing at the high voltage festival this july(2011).Ok this review may be seen as being biased,but i can't help that i'm just a massive fan of this totally underated scottish rock band,along with PENDRAGON,IQ AND PORCUPINE TREE i think the british prog rock scene is looking very good indeed...long may it continue.
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"XXV" is the seminal follow up album to "The sentinel", and overall it's a good one. This is a plathora of modern prog rock with an abundance of songwriting twists and turns. The big hitter is the 'seven and a half minute' opener "Falling down", but it's when "Crash and burn" gets going that the album really gets into full gear. Newcomer "Paul mackie" is an abvious new suiter in the epic futuristic sounds that pulsate through these assortments and he really does a commendable job.

The technical skills and neo prog tendancies are well distributed across this 14 track assortment and there is ample variety too, with each song ranging from the 'space-stirring' "Something in the deep" to the riff-fest of "Sacrifice". The production is also delicate and well handled with a touch of transparency. Overall, this took a couple of listens to sink in at first, but in the end it is obvious that this was a well rounded album that transverses a cross-section of the qualities we all know and love.
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OK, as a Pallas listener since the days when I used to skive off school to catch lunchtime gigs at the ABC Bowl ...this album is good. Will definitely improve with repeated listens.

When Paul gets truly ingrained into the music, style and tradition of Pallas, and brings his own enthusiasm to the table, the next album should be a great listen. He is an excellent, adaptable vocalist (as his previous projects show) and lends the band a bit of much-needed vitality in the live setting, mostly by wearing his missus's pyjamas onstage and copping a bunch of moves off Bruce Dickinson. He's the frontman Pallas have always needed if they're to be taken more (or maybe less?) seriously outwith the realms of certain of their gold-caped fans.

Note to the band - for goodness sake, up the tempo a bit when playing "Executioner" and "Rat Racing" live ... they're in danger of turning into dirges!
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