Palms
Palms


4.5
superb

Review

by Peter K. Mark USER (14 Reviews)
June 18th, 2013 | 190 replies | 25,220 views


Release Date: 06/25/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A cinematic odyssey of majestic proportions.

39 of 39 thought this review was well written

Supergroups are a dangerous thing. The term sounds appealing and exciting but in comparison to ordinary bands, the stakes for them are higher and the egos are bigger when they are made up of musicians already well-known for other projects. There are enough supergroup flops in history to have certain doubts regarding new announcements. Such is not the case for the most recent fusion between Deftones' vocalist Chino Moreno and former Isis members, Aaron Harris, Jeff Caxide and Clifford Meyer.

Palms’ eponymous album is everything you expect it to be. It’s an extensive palette mixing Chino Moreno’s dreamy vocals with progressive post-rock influences from past Isis records. Most of the songs are pretty much flat, without building into a specific climax, rather being consistently powerful and captivating. Clocking at roughly 47 minutes with merely 6 songs, this shouts prog rock more than anything. The especially exquisite “Mission Sunset” expands into 10 minutes of golden bass and guitar textures in the verse contrasted by the slightly more distorted choruses. The psychedelic journey is never interrupted by particularly heavy moments. Its entrancing and atmospheric sound doesn't drift into something dynamic like a Deftones or Isis album. There are no distortive breakdowns with loud guitars or experimental moments - it’s linear progression at its finest. What it lacks in diversity makes up for in excellent song writing. And even though it's linear or sometimes monotone, it doesn't get boring at any point. The music is always interesting enough to make it a fantastic experience in the end.

Deftones fans have as much to find here as Isis lovers. Chino Moreno is at his usual poetic self, his vocals painting dream-like landscapes in the form of Sextape or Entombed. He’s not as much in the spotlight as on Koi No Yokan – he shares his excellent input equally with the rest of the band. While on most Deftones songs, Chino’s soft vocals are in contrast with the heavy riffing, here the music perfectly accompanies the singing. The chemistry between all band members is what drives the music, rather than Chino leading the pack. Which is why it works beautifully.

So call it the love child of Deftones and Isis, dream-metal or anything you want, Palms is a project composed of excellent musicians from two very different sounding bands creating some quality music. Really, did you expect anything less?



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FCY
June 18th 2013



142 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album streaming on SPIN:

http://www.spin.com/articles/stream-palms-debut-chino-moreno-isis-deftones/

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
June 18th 2013



19510 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good stuff. everything else pales in comparison to the first track tho

Digging: Cult Leader - Nothing for Us Here

ti0n
June 18th 2013



1159 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice review love dat album.
mission sunset and the shoegaze/dreampop closer "Antartic Handshake" are my favourites of it.

Digging: Trophy Scars - Holy Vacants

FCY
June 18th 2013



142 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks, ti0n.

Yeah, first track and Shortwave Radio make the album for me.

LightRedFloyd
June 18th 2013



606 Comments


Awesome review. Definitely checking this out when I get home

NonApplicable
June 18th 2013



1826 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Incredibly boring

Shuyin
June 18th 2013



10408 Comments


new MotA yesterday and now this?

HOLY FUCK, THIS MONTH

Digging: All the Empires of the World - Sunscraper

Relinquished
June 18th 2013



22359 Comments


they pulled off the dreamy atmosphere but chino wasn't good and the music's boring.

all i liked was the bohren reference

Drummerboy123
June 18th 2013



2165 Comments


Perfect summer album. Shall jam for weeks to come.

FearThyEvil9
June 18th 2013



11335 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

new MotA yesterday and now this?

HOLY FUCK, THIS MONTH

WAIT! New motA came out yesterday? I'm getting on that shit now.

Shuyin
June 18th 2013



10408 Comments


'WAIT! New motA came out yesterday? I'm getting on that shit now. '

slacker, that shits been on repeat for hours now

minty901
June 18th 2013



1913 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

damn i read "motA" and thought "maudlin of the Well", i was like WHAT?!?!

Shuyin
June 18th 2013



10408 Comments


dbudbyubdyudbqw

its.. MOUTH OF THE ARCHITECT!

and Dawning is aoty btw

bloc
June 18th 2013



34498 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Not digging this too much. Sounds as bland as the latest Deftones album.

Digging: He Is Legend - I Am Hollywood

FCY
June 18th 2013



142 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's a grower for sure, should have mentioned that in the review.

FearThyEvil9
June 18th 2013



11335 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Incredibly boring

Yet you 5'd Altered State.

VinVal
June 18th 2013



601 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Tis sexy agreed

Calc
June 18th 2013



10848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

no different then your typical post-rock band only i'd say this has more substance.

SCREAMorphine
June 18th 2013



1704 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Can't wait to finish work and give this a listen.
Great review

sixdegrees
June 18th 2013



15736 Comments


sounds boring

Digging: TIMO DA LEGEND - molsom love/my life



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