Album Review: Palisades – Self Titled

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New Jersey sextet Palisades have undergone some upheaval in the line up since their sophomore album was released, they have replaced the original bass player and DJ with new members Brandon Elgar and Graves, the band has released statements to the effect that their latest recruits have given the band a fresh impetus and has led to them recording their definitive album. Palisades latest self titled release follows on from 2013’s Outcasts and 2015’s Mind Games, and boasts eleven new tracks, including Through Hell, the lead single that was premiered prior to the album’s release.

Aggression Kicks off Palisades latest release, it eases you into the album with gentle synths and a melodic vocal delivery, before a burst of aggressive guitars kicks in and reminds you why you’re here, the track alternates throughout between the keyboard led melodic sections and the more ardent guitar delivery. The pattern of the opening track is repeated and varied throughout the album, there are exceptions such as Dark, that remains on the mellower side, but for the main part Palisades come across as a band that have found their winning formula, and they are going to stick with it. As such the album becomes a repetitive exercise of gentle melodic elements interspersed with bombastic overdriven choruses, all the while maintaining an impassioned vocal delivery, all of which is wrapped up in a very commercial poppy production.

This is an incredibly slick album, and one that sounds like it will appeal to those who like their post hardcore and rock with the rough edges surgically removed, this is by no means a bad album but I find it hard to warm to something that is so formulaic and over produced. For all it’s bluster of overdriven guitars and pounding drums this comes across as a very commercial and poppy sounding album, one that I have no doubt will be sell by the bucketload, but for me Palisades is an album that doesn’t bring anything new to the table, and the production and poppy sensibility that coats every second of the album just leaves me cold,

Palisades is due for release on the 20th January and is available for pre-order on all formats here and via iTunes 

Palisades website can be found here