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3 stars Let's go back to 'The Sentinel'. Pretty much all of it is lost on my 'Prog' ears, but then you come across 'East west'...

Now, 'East West' is utterly fantastic, one of the finest Prog tracks of all time (in my eyes, at least), so when I heard that 'The Sentinel' theme was to be continued in Pallas' next album I had this fear. Were the band actually aware that 'The Sentinel' would not have been anything without 'East West?'

The recent reincarnation of the band has produced some fine music of late, and surely their sound has evolved since the 1980's, so why go back?

Anyway, XXV.

Not disimilar to 'The Sentinel', it's certainly fast-paced, however even continued listening fails to prevent me losing interest three or four tracks in. I guess that I'm looking for the 'moody' stuff within the album, but it's hard to find. In fact, it almost entirely happens towards the end, which is too late to have maintained my interest. Delve deeper and there is moodiness to be heard, but the facade is too brash for it to be enjoyed.

Yes, the album rocks, but is Prog rock always meant to? Pallas usually border on being 'Symphonic' prog, but not here. Their sound has moved away from that. Pity.

I am loathed to criticise them after all the work that they have put into this project, but I am disappointed. It's not contemplative enough for me, although having said that, is there enough time to contemplate anything when the world is about to end?

A good opening track, interesting elements towards the end, and yes, it rocks in between. But overall, I don't think that it's the Pallas that I wanted.

sussexbowler | 3/5 |


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