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PALLAS is, after MARILLION, and along with IQ and PENDRAGON, one of the most important acts of the Eighties Progressive rebirth. This is an energetic and magnificent neo progressive band in the style of IQ/MARILLION but with more edge. Their music is centered on melodic hooks, loud sound and great voice. "The Sentinel" brings a tint of pop in a still elaborate progressive spectrum.

Scottish prog band PALLAS definitely have one of the longest gaps between albums on record. They released their first album, "The Sentinel" in 1984 and followed it up with "The Wedge" two years later. Their next album, "Beat the Drum" (72 minutes of music with epic accents, rock rhythms and style, and ballads full of feeling), did not show up for 13 years. It will be followed by the wonderful "The Cross And The Crucible" in 2001. This album features all the things prog fans are looking for - atmospheric keyboards, great guitar tunes and a well working rhythm section - and last but not least an vocalist with an very own style. Highly recommended to fans of neo Progressive style.

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PALLAS discography


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PALLAS top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.49 | 207 ratings
The Sentinel
1984
3.05 | 103 ratings
The Wedge [Aka: Knightmoves To Wedge...]
1986
3.63 | 139 ratings
Beat The Drum
1998
3.51 | 174 ratings
The Cross And The Crucible
2001
4.00 | 249 ratings
The Dreams Of Men
2005
3.27 | 140 ratings
XXV
2011
3.81 | 105 ratings
Wearewhoweare
2014

PALLAS Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.12 | 57 ratings
Arrive Alive
1981
3.77 | 13 ratings
Live Our Lives
2000
4.17 | 55 ratings
The Blinding Darkness
2003
3.13 | 17 ratings
The River Sessions 1
2005
3.36 | 17 ratings
The River Sessions 2
2005
3.33 | 6 ratings
Official Bootleg 27.01.06
2006
3.12 | 15 ratings
Moment To Moment
2009
4.50 | 2 ratings
Live At Loreley
2013
4.00 | 2 ratings
Live - Southampton 1986
2013

PALLAS Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.62 | 47 ratings
The Blinding Darkness
2003
3.67 | 9 ratings
Live From London
2005
3.47 | 15 ratings
Moment to Moment
2008
5.00 | 1 ratings
Live At Loreley II
2013

PALLAS Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.93 | 20 ratings
Knight Moves To Wedge
1986
3.50 | 4 ratings
Sketches
1989
4.00 | 5 ratings
Mythopoeia
2002
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Sentinel Demos
2013
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Sentinel Rough Mixes
2013
5.00 | 1 ratings
The Arrive Alive Demos
2013
5.00 | 1 ratings
The Knight Moves Demos
2013

PALLAS Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.00 | 2 ratings
The Pallas EP
1978
4.00 | 1 ratings
Arrive Alive
1982
3.50 | 2 ratings
Paris Is Burning
1983
3.50 | 2 ratings
Eyes In The Night (Arrive Alive)
1984
3.50 | 2 ratings
Shock Treatment
1984
0.00 | 0 ratings
Eyes In The Night / Shock Treatment
1984
3.00 | 1 ratings
Throwing Stones At The Wind
1985
3.00 | 3 ratings
The Knightmoves
1985
2.65 | 14 ratings
Monster
2010
3.00 | 7 ratings
Atlantean
2011
5.00 | 2 ratings
Set 2013
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Wearewhoweare Premix Megamix
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
XXV Megamix
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Something In The Deep Karaoke Mix
2013
4.50 | 2 ratings
Itiswhatitis
2014

PALLAS Reviews


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 The Sentinel by PALLAS album cover Studio Album, 1984
3.49 | 207 ratings

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The Sentinel
Pallas Neo-Prog

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja
Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

2 stars The Sentinel, the debut release by Scottish neo-prog group PALLAS, is a concept album that focuses on war as its central theme. Which is apt, as it is one of the those albums that I've listened to for quite a while and have fought and struggled to enjoy as much as I do.

The album has its fair share of redeeming features, from the fantastical cover art by Patrick Woodroffe, impeccable musicianship from the members of PALLAS and the seriously cool allegorical concept of the "Atlantis Suite", several tracks from the album that depict the Cold War by painting a spellbinding tale of the fictional Atlantis. Unfortunately, what springs from a seemingly perfect album to hail in the hall of prog legends for all eternity are a whole bunch of (largely record company-based) slip-ups that really diminish from its overall quality.

The album's "poppy"-er tracks, added at the request of the record company, add about 14 minutes of filler material that I have never had trouble skipping. And then the Atlantis Suite itself is a concept better imagined than executed. The more rock-oriented "Rise And Fall" is the sole track that keeps my interest every time; while the others are certainly not bad material and are great displays of the band's talents, I've simply never been particularly moved by them. The production, by Eddy Offord of Yes and ELP fame, is also nothing to write home about and sounds quite weak given the immense scale of the musical and lyrical content.

Having said that, this album is quite historically significant and if you are a fan of neo-prog, it's definitely worth a listen or many.

 Wearewhoweare by PALLAS album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.81 | 105 ratings

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Wearewhoweare
Pallas Neo-Prog

Review by Second Life Syndrome
Prog Reviewer

5 stars 4.5 stars

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this ended up as one of my favorite albums of 2014. This really surprised me, as my first listen did not yield much for me. However, after several spins, I can say with confidence that "wearewhoweare" is awesome, and I'll tell you why.

I originally heard Pallas for the first time with their spectacular previous album "XXV". It was spacey, scary, and ominous with bits of serenity and pure beauty therein. After hearing this, I investigated some of their discography, and time and time again I heard Pallas' ability to compose tight, catchy melodies. "wearewhoweare" follows this same trend, but adds quite an electronic feel along with quirky, dark instrumental passages that are near the top of my list for 2014.

The band consists of Paul Mackie on vocals, Graeme Murray on bass, Niall Mathewson on guitars, Ronnie Brown on keyboards, and Colin Fraser on drums. This team is simply incredible. Niall's guitars floored me as he bounces back and forth between ominous edge and Gilmour-ish soul. Ronnie's keys are constantly there, filling out the atmosphere with gusto and presence. Graeme's bass is fleshy and head-turning. Colin's drums are pounding and played with finesse. I was simply blown away with the dark-as-night verses that transition into lovely choruses guided by Paul's lush voice. I cannot compliment these guys enough.

I've seen some complaints about Pallas' new sound. Some people think they should have stayed in their 80's neo- progressive sound, but I personally applaud this old band for the incredible ingenuity and creativity that are so obvious. I mean, just look at the array of artwork they've applied to this album! It's easily one of my favorites from 2014 because I get and enjoy the quirky, almost sci-fi horror behind it all.

My favorite tracks are the catchy opener "Shadow of the Sun", the wonderful instrumentals of "Harvest Moon", and the longing, expectant sound of "Winter is Coming". Every track, though, has high points that are very memorable. Pallas has given me, then, the exact album I hoped to hear from them. I wanted a little progression in sound. but I wanted that clean, clear melody, too. "wearewhoweare" is exactly that.

 Beat The Drum by PALLAS album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.63 | 139 ratings

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Beat The Drum
Pallas Neo-Prog

Review by Progrussia

3 stars Pallas is a rare case of a legendary (or, in their case, semi-legendary) band whose reunion work is better than the original. Pallas sounds like an 80s style arena rock band (you know, the cheery/sad melodies, thin-sounding guitars and synths) with Pink Floydian neo-prog atmospheric and church- sounding leanings. On Beat the Drum, they sound less bombastic than on the albums that follow, mostly straight-forward socially-conscious adult-oriented rock not unlike 80s Rush, Genesis or Midnight Oil. The album is about evenly divided into melody-driven rocky tunes, some ballads and attempts to return to epic scale, of which only Ghosts can be considered memorable. While other songs are not bad, they can suffer from a repetitive beat or absence of good melodic hooks. The guys are just having fun here, exploring what avenues their reunion might take them.
 The Cross And The Crucible by PALLAS album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.51 | 174 ratings

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The Cross And The Crucible
Pallas Neo-Prog

Review by Progrussia

4 stars Following on the steps of Beat the Drum, this album proves that Pallas' comeback was no fluke. Pallas sound here like a mix of 80s style synth-drenched arena rock (a touch of Rush and Bruce Springsteen, why not) and Pink Floydian celestial atmospherics, with their church sounds and airy guitar solos. Typically neo-prog in the combination of catchiness and familiar moderate complexity. Songs are typically unhurried, stately and completely humorless in their over-dramatization of the human condition, a catchy rock riff followed by a quieter middle section culminating with a big encore - you know, a kind of music you will probably not head-bang or surf a wave to, but surely tap your fingers. While probably not an essential album, but one of the stronger outing from Pallas, with little filler.

 Wearewhoweare by PALLAS album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.81 | 105 ratings

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Wearewhoweare
Pallas Neo-Prog

Review by Progrussia

4 stars If you think that the hard-rocking XXV from Pallas was a departure from their usual retro 80s sound, wait till you hear this. It retains the basic neo-prog formula of long-winded pompous rock+pompous atmospherics, but mixes it up with all sorts of eclectic stuff - synth-pop, techno, gothic, soul, even some Latin sounds.The first track hooked me with a lush techno start progressing into a danceable beat propelled by fat bass lines, synth-pop washes and elongated vocal mannerisms a la Brit-pop. By the second track I was sure I was listening to Airbag with its melancholic pop/electric Pink Floyd formula. Then it settles into a style that is apparently the new Pallas - with a dark electronic underbed pierced by strong guitars. What is known as the "Porcupine-fication" approach to modern prog. Its a diverse set of songs, a plus for this veteran band, but with its younger influences - mainly from the likes of Porcupine Tree and Muse - sticking from all over their ears.
 The Blinding Darkness by PALLAS album cover Live, 2003
4.17 | 55 ratings

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The Blinding Darkness
Pallas Neo-Prog

Review by Progrussia

4 stars A superb live outing from Pallas. Could be marketed as Greatest Hits. Vol.1 (1 because it was prior to the great Dreams of Men album), because it contains all the essential songs plus more in a form not too far away from studio versions, but delivered with energy and a better, louder production. Pallas's songs typically alternate between more driving sections, quiet break-downs and Pink Floyd-influenced big celestial endings. That's a formula quite common to neo-prog, to be sure, but Pallas are distinct in the way that they sound very 80s oriented - sharp but kind of thin, even with traces of synth-pop - whereas most others opt for vintage 70s or the heavy and thick 2000s sound. On the minus side, they do too much of the 10-minute stuff here, unwarranted, because the 7-8 minute format is what I think is their top game.
 XXV by PALLAS album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.27 | 140 ratings

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XXV
Pallas Neo-Prog

Review by Progrussia

3 stars Reduced is the Pink Floydian spaceousness, upped the hard rock guitar. But the end result is not as heavy, pounding bombast in the vein of the recent neo-prog trend (Arena, Pendragon) as you'd expect from some of the reviews. Rather, the tone of the album is dark and bitter. This is still recognizably Pallas, dramatic and slow (for the most part, with perhaps the exception of the end of Crash and Burn where they just grind it away on guitars and synths). My problem with this album is not that's a departure from the Pallas we know and love, and songs are simpler. It's that in half the songs there is little going on. It seems as if music is sacrificed to the story concept here. Sometimes it works, such as on Somewhere in the deep, with its lone slow synths and a mourning vocal, but other times it doesn't. The second part of the album in particular.
 The Dreams Of Men by PALLAS album cover Studio Album, 2005
4.00 | 249 ratings

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The Dreams Of Men
Pallas Neo-Prog

Review by Progrussia

4 stars Pallas is sometimes credited along with Marillion, etc, with the British neo-prog revival in the 80s, although its work of any relevance today is probably from the 2000s. While being typical neo-prog in many respects - the penchant for the dramatic, celestial crescendos and world-weary themes - Pallas is the one that leaves its music breathe, bringing them closer to Pink Floyd side of the neo-prog, equation, with an occasional angry edge. The Dreams of Men is their best work. It starts with perhaps Pallas' three best songs, the celestial Bringer of Dreams, the rockier-in-parts Warriors with its great uo-tempo heavy opening riff and great subject matter, and the tragic ballad Ghostdancers about the plight of the American Indian, with a wonderful teary fiddle part. Overall, though, Pallas is less somewhat accessible than some of its peers, such as Marillion or Pendragon.
 Arrive Alive  by PALLAS album cover Live, 1981
3.12 | 57 ratings

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Arrive Alive
Pallas Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
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4 stars Later in 1978 guitarist Dave Holt left Pallas and the auditions led to the employment of Niall Mathewson, coming from the disbanded Pryer.His arrival and influence led the band towards a more classic Symphonic Rock sound, which was not be deeply discovered by Craig Anderson, who also left in the year, leading to Euan Lowson, ex-frontman of the local act Balrog.A good bunch of original tracks and famous covers (like ''Supper's ready'') showed Pallas' fame increasing, it was the same time though that Mike Stobbie also quit.At the fall of 79' he was replaced by Ronnie Brown and then comes a set of live performances and tours around Scotland, one of them came at the Bungalow Bar in Paisley, a performance recorded for the upcoming cassette album ''Arrive alive'' in June 1981.

The title-track is the only cut recorded in studio and reminding of the band's Symphonic/Punk attitude, a rhythmic piece with aggressive vocals and edgy guitar leads with a few Synth Pop attributes, reminiscent of TWELFTH NIGHT.It appeared later under the title ''Eyes in the night'' on the band's classic debut ''The sentinel''.''Five to four'' was written during the time the band was a four-piece after the departure of Stobbie.The fresh side of Pallas comes in evidence here, a track with a symphonic atmosphere in the rough set of Neo Prog bands, featuring nice guitar solos and an omnipresent Mellotron along with extended instrumental parts and sudden tempo changes, going for a dramatic lyrical outro.Mellotron washes continue with ''Queen of the deep'', a certain live favorite of Pallas fans and a quite complex piece of music, again the mood is towards classic Symphonic Rock with quirky keyboard lines, led by some spacious, orchestral synthesizer, surrounded by an aggressive vocalist and the raw guitar sounds.Very GENESIS-influenced with evolving textures and some great melodies towards the end.''Flashpoint'' is a rather weak and non-sophisticated rocker, even this piece though contains some surprising background Mellotron strings under a powerful guitar performance by Niall Mathewson.The 15-min. ''The ripper'' was a strong reason this live was released, the most favorite of all Pallas tracks at the time and a very good piece of underground Progressive Rock.A YES-meets-PINK FLOYD-meets-GENESIS tour de force with full Mellotron and synth showering, theatrical vocals and very bombastic guitar passages, the reason to set apart Pallas along with TWELFH NIGHT from the other Neo Prog acts of the time, old-school Symphonic Rock meets an 80's Hard/Pop Rock sound.Elaborate instrumental parts combined with angry vocals in an awesome way.The original edition closes with ''Crown of thorns'', which comes a step closer to ''The sentinel'' sound, pretty rhythmic Neo Prog with keyboard interludes, orchestral parts and soft electric guitars along with a more balanced singing performance, fronted by the use of synthesizers and the tapping grooves, fantastic composition.

Of course ''Arrive alive'' was later released on vinyl and fairly won the battle of CD reissues.Extra tracks ''Paris is burning'', ''The hammer falls'' and ''Stranger on the edge of time'' all come from period singles of the band.Run to catch one of these issues, this is raw, extremely passionate and rich 80's Symphonic Rock in the best British tradition, a rare occasion of a Neo Prog band using the Mellotron and a file next to early GALAHAD and TWELFTH NIGHT.Highly recommended.

 The Sentinel by PALLAS album cover Studio Album, 1984
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The Sentinel
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Review by Andis

4 stars Even though this is not a masterpiece of progressive rock, it is still a must in a serious collection. Not only considering it is a very important release in the dark musical landscape of the 80's, the music can stand on it's own. Pallas plays an agressive progressive rock with a lot of melody, they have a perfect mix of straight ahead progressive rock in high tempo with more thoughtful melodic parts with lots of tempo changes. I really like the more accessible shorter songs wich adds lots of tempo to the album, also the longer songs wich lets the music develope complete the album perfectly.

The album art is fantastic and some of Patrick Woodroffe's best work to wich suits this album perfectly. This is a review of the original LP release from 1984 wich is somewhat different from the later CD releases. It consists of 6 songs and lacks some of the songs that were later added to the CD, it has also a different song order.

This is one of the albums that started my musical journey into progressive rock, along with Marillion and IQ. Oh, those memories.... A very important progressive rock album that you need in your collection. Rating: 7/10

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