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4 stars I was put onto this by Classic Rock magazine's recommendation of the first track 'Call to arms', however I was equally familiar with some of the album from the excellent live album 'The blinding darkness'.

Strangely, I never considered much of what was on 'The blinding darkness' as Prog. But here it justifies its place. I might also add that Alan Reed's 'singing' isn't up to much (in typical neo- prog fashion), but then we all knew that beforehand. I perhaps that continued listening allows you to get used to the vocals, allowing you to concentrate more on the music.

What we have here is a fine album. It's 71 minutes long, but never feels repetitive. The rythym section (drum and bass) are really strong throughout. Interesting and punchy.

I think that Pallas have gone where Genesis could have had they chosen not to have gone 'Pop'. I'd go further, and say that this is more 'Symphonic' Prog than 'Neo' Prog...

The album is beautifully produced throughout. Pallas' sound never attempts to be raucious. Nothing seems hurried and yet the artistic decisions made seem right. There is no attempt to moves outside the confines of the form of Rock that it is. The fact that it still delivers within these boundaries shows what a good album this is. If there is a complaint, then it might be that the music sounds (not to me however) too one-paced.

Pallas are too refined to be a Marillion rip-off (Neo- prog) and for me, could stand alone within the Symphonic Prog category. Personally, I can only strongly recommend it this album.

sussexbowler | 4/5 |


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