Palm Reader
Bad Weather


4.5
superb

Review

by J. Wagel USER (8 Reviews)
July 27th, 2014 | 18 replies


Release Date: 05/06/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Unbridled. Ingenious.

What anyone may look for in aggressive music varies drastically, and rightfully so. There are so many variables that may alter ones enjoyment of any given piece of music. Two of the most important aspects I have come across are a feeling of intense emotional fervor, and a sense of virtuosity. These two facets tend to struggle to find equilibrium, but when they come together they can create some of the most engaging art in the world. Sitting right at the apex of where these two characteristics overlap is Palm Reader’s “Bad Weather”. What sounds like the enraged bastard child of The Dillinger Escape Plan and Every Time I Die, Palm Reader blend the perfect amount of technical abilities, passionate sentiment, and engaging songwriting to create a hardcore/metalcore album that not only holds its own against some of the greats, but exceeds nearly all expectations.

While the majority of the record is incredibly bombastic and punishing, the element of “Bad Weather” that sets it apart from most of the releases in the genre is its flow and meticulously crafted breathers that keep the listener engaged in an atmospheric, yet emotionally gripping listen. Although the first four tracks are unrelenting and maniacal, the group takes its foot off the gas with songs like “Bitter Hostess - Grace Pt. II”, “Noble Host - Grace Pt. III”, and the end of “Echo” that offer extremely captivating segments that could be compared to something off of Cult of Luna’s “Somewhere Along the Highway”, with their brittle and organic aesthetic.

Do not for one second let the talk of “breathers” coerce you into thinking that this album isn’t crushingly dense and off-kilter. Palm Reader manage to bulldoze the listener with devastating riffs and crushing beats that maintain a sense of virtuosity with their accessible approach to technical instrumentation. Simply, they do not fall victim to overzealous and indulgent technicality, rather, the music shifts tempos and spastic time-signatures are implemented in a way that remains approachable to the listener. While there is a certain sense of familiarity throughout the album, the writing seems incredibly fresh and creative. This is due in part to the subtly yet skillfully placed layers of instrumentation, giving the whole album an unmatched density and "full” atmosphere. The only real (hairsplitting) issue with the album is a finite amount sameness, leaving you thinking that the you may have heard this before. This is almost completely nullified by the relatively short run-time for the album, running near a refreshing 35 minutes.

Vocalist Josh Mckeown could be described as a British Greg Puciato (of The Dillinger Escape Plan) with his throaty screams and emotional and aggressive approach. While Puciato tends to be more melodic while using his clean vocals, you will hear Mckeown deploy are more haunting clean vocalization, heard very clearly in “Noble Host - Grace Pt. III”. His thick accent is undoubtedly heard throughout the entire album, which makes for a unique listen, and to be completely honest, adds quite a lot to the haunting aura of the record.

The chaotic and crushing instrumentation, paired with the ferociously impassioned vocals come together to form a truly evocative record with the virtuosity and technicality of bands like The Dillinger Escape Plan and Protest the Hero, and the emotion and rage of bands like Converge and Coalesce. Palm Reader exemplifies what intelligent aggressive music should be, and deserves to be held in very high regard, right next to all of the aforementioned groups.



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Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
July 27th 2014


6560 Comments


Sweet review bro. You got my interest, this seems like something I would most certainly dig. Gotta check.

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MMX
July 27th 2014


4863 Comments


Good Review and this is definitely worth a few spins

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oresttt
July 27th 2014


977 Comments


Good review dude, have a pos. And yea, record is really good.

Mall
July 27th 2014


1596 Comments


Yeah I got strong Dillinger vibes from this

Shame I don't like Dillinger

TheMoreira
July 27th 2014


7182 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review, pos'd.

Agreed vocalist rules, atmosphere rules and i love Somewhere Along The Highway by Cult Of Luna so you really got me going at that one. It's also true, haha

Just wish you would've put out an idea of which "heavier tracks" are the best. Seeing and Believing is my fav track off this.

PitchforkArms
July 27th 2014


1462 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Thanks a whole lot guys.


Funeralopolis
July 27th 2014


11892 Comments


need to check this, good review

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PitchforkArms
July 27th 2014


1462 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Thanks funeral.
Oh and moreira, you're probs right

TheMoreira
July 27th 2014


7182 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Still nice review! m/

T5Cx
July 27th 2014


102 Comments


Nice to see this got a review. Band rulez live, definitely see if you ever get a chance.

deathschool
July 29th 2014


10441 Comments


Wow. Awesome review. May have to check this.

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SourAK
July 29th 2014


1630 Comments


I think this is good don't remember

TheMoreira
July 29th 2014


7182 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Go listen to it again

PitchforkArms
August 5th 2014


1462 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

bump for best metalcore in forever

ChuckyTruant
August 22nd 2014


15725 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this jams so fucking hard

TheMoreira
August 22nd 2014


7182 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Seeing And Believing is a masterpiece

ChuckyTruant
August 23rd 2014


15725 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah that's easily my favorite track.

PitchforkArms
August 23rd 2014


1462 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Glad you dig brah!



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