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3 stars For a suppose of 'Neo" band, Pallas do not sound anything like Genesis, (which is good). Who do they sound like you ask? Think a smidgen of early Marillion, some IQ and a whole lot of Pendragon and Arena. Their sound is pompous, bombastic prog with catchy melodies and some excellent bass and keyboard play. Yet, when the album starts, it's as soft as a babies bottom. Loads of chorus singing, almost church-like. By the second song, "The Cross and the Crucible" the Pallas sound kicks in, it rocks in a grand Pendragon way. Although "For The Greater Glory" has a powerful opening, the vocals just don't do it for me, I'm not a big fan of Alan Reeds voice, it's a bit flat in spots, later on he improves. For me though, the album doesn't really gel until the second half. "Tower Of Babble" and Celebration!" have very catchy and memorable riffs and choruses, but it's "Midas Touch", the longest song on the album that is the crowning achievement. Soft opening segueing with nice bass, it has a definate IQ vibe, (my favorite neo band by far). The lyrics are catchy and Alan singing is reigned in allowing the melody to propel the song. The most prog song with incredible keyboard work, (like a previous reviewer stated, there is a YES "Awaken" sounding keyboard/guitar flourish in the middle section). But overall, its excellent and a highlight! The last song, "Celebration!" ends the album on a very happy, joyous note. All in all, a very good album thats a tad under the four star rating. So, for me, it's an easy 3.5 star affair. For fans of Pendragon, Arena and early Marillion.
NJprogfan | 3/5 |


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