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2 stars Twelve years is quite a break. Still, this timeframe separates The Wedge form Beat The Drum.

This album is a mix between symphonic (a little), neo-prog (somewhat more) and AOR (a lot) music; it leads to some less interesting songs (or part of) like Beat The Drum which intro is great but it develops into some sort of Abacab guitar-oriented song. Average to be polite. Even if there is a great keyboards part featured at the end.

But it is unfortunately true to say that it is one of the best songs available on this record. Most of the music featured is too close of the AOR style to be really thrilling. Insomniac and Ghosts are probably the best numbers from this work. Alan Reed sounds rather passionate in the latter; but passion is usually absent from this album.

The neo-prog music played by Pallas remains what it was: average, not more. Some rock ballads like Blood & Roses are welcome thanks to their fine guitar solo (half a minute or so), but if you don't take this one into consideration, it is just a very common song.

Beat The Drum is too much of an AOR affair and is not of my liking. Extremely long as well, it holds very few good songs. Easy listening but not great rock music for the majority. The closing number Fragments of the Sun opens quite promisingly, but as soon as vocals get in, I have to say that my interest dropped considerably.

This return on business from Pallas is not a thrilling success I must say. Their best effort was their debut album (studio) and from then on, I have to admit that the band was on a slippy slope.

Two stars for this one.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |


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