Palm Reader
Braille


4.0
excellent

Review

by Chamberbelain CONTRIBUTOR (194 Reviews)
April 7th, 2018 | 175 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Passionately delivered hardcore from a band that should be bigger.

Despite their dedicatedly passionate approach at making music injected with monstrous grooves and impactful riffs to askew rhythmic patterns and their potent live performances, Palm Reader’s biggest claim to fame is that whenever they are mentioned in conversation, someone will always reiterate how underrated they are. Annoyingly, they’re one of those bands that so many people seem to have heard of but not actually heard. Hence why their excellent sophomore album, “Besides the Ones We Love”, prompted no sudden surge in popularity that might have lifted them to the same heights as bands such as let live, possibly even higher… Nevertheless, third time’s a charm.

Those that assumed Palm Reader’s second album expunged every drop of sentiment the band could conjure are wrong. Three years difference leaves ample time for new events to unfold, new lessons to learn and new wounds to heal from, thus, “Braille” is still dripping with a raw emotive power that Palm Reader deliver in a special way to avoid sounding angsty yet the gravity and meaning behind the words that Josh McKeown spits out remain affectionately potent. The lyricism across “Braille” is intimately delivered, detailing a recurring feeling of losing touch with people, the world and your inner-self. Songs such as “Inertia”, “The Turn” and “Dorothy” feature minimalistic moments of gentle melodies or grasping clean choruses that create space amongst their otherwise oppressive hardcore, accentuating a one-to-one contact between performer and audience.

As touching as “Braille” is in these tender moments, it’s also suitably pummelling in others. Palm Reader’s brevity is displayed more coherently than their previous two albums in songs such as “Swarm”, where adrenalized drums and skittish guitars collide together as if the musicians themselves are performing in the middle of a mosh pit before a fantastic intermission of tremolo picking announces a volatile climax. Josh McKeown’s screams sound dry and furious, his clean singing genuine and across the album, his vocals frequently appear to dictate the intensity of the given song. “Internal Winter” features swift staccato blows and huge breakdowns as he screams about the effect loss has on a person yet swelling melodies raise the cleanly sung chorus further. In these moments, when every member of the band is aligned and every sound fits perfectly into place to create these bracing moments, Palm Reader displays why they deserve to be huge, and these moments are scattered generously over “Braille” in both softer and harsher areas of it.

However, despite their creativity, the band does showcase a few aspects of hardcore that could be considered clichés which, to some, are become tedious when you consider that the foundation of hardcore is originality. Slow, isolated screaming behind a quiet backdrop of soft melodies is one technique Palm Reader are charged with possessing during a few songs. “Clockwork” illustrates this, however, immediately after a tide of churning bass with spiking leads washes over the song reaffirming that the band can still spice up these tried-and-tested methods with their own flavour.

A rather poetic comparison to the band’s career is that “Braille” may not prove to be an immediately accessible album. This quintet jam pack as much talent as possible into every song so, on one hand, you may think that these songs need trimming or could do with allowing a riff or melody to breath more freely, on the other, the excitement and interest that “Braille” projects are purely down to its constant, unpredictable movement. Nonetheless, this album continues the band’s tradition in outdoing themselves with every subsequent release and with that trajectory, Palm Reader will undoubtedly earn the respect they deserve in due time.



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Chamberbelain
Contributing Reviewer
April 7th 2018


103 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Released yesterday. Streaming here: https://www.loudersound.com/features/palm-reader-stream-new-album-braille-exclusively-with-metal-hammer-listen-now



Last night in Bristol was the fifth time I've seen these guys live and the music translates brilliantly on stage. Do make an effort to see them live if you can.

MarsKid
April 7th 2018


7158 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

If they come across the pond, maybe I'll give em a shot haha



Review is solid as per usual, will get to this ASAP

oresttt
April 7th 2018


1163 Comments


Good review! Record rules.

calmrose
April 7th 2018


3628 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

sweet, nice review



album rules as expected, I like that it's a bit more subdued than their first two but the instrumentation is so tight on this, The Turn is so good



band is awesome

Digging: Heiress - Of Great Sorrow

SteakByrnes
April 7th 2018


13014 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Excellent review, this band needs all the attention they can get



Album is so damn good

supremejelly
April 7th 2018


887 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome review. Still growing on me but a 4 seems safe for now

SteakByrnes
April 7th 2018


13014 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Hell yea m/

JS19
April 8th 2018


6805 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yo I was at the Bristol show too hey

Digging: Leech - For Better or For Worse

Chamberbelain
Contributing Reviewer
April 8th 2018


103 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice! Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Sorry if I inadvertently blocked your view.

Evok
April 8th 2018


7323 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

between the superb review and the striking album cover, this isn't something I can pass up.

Digging: Holy Fawn - Death Spells

Evreaia
April 8th 2018


5003 Comments


Now this is a good record.

Beardog
April 8th 2018


2091 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Gonna check this, review is great and makes me excited to hear this

Sinternet
April 8th 2018


17044 Comments


great band hyped to hear this

technically the first band I ever saw live as they were support when i saw fuckin we came as romans (what a matchup)

Digging: Tragedy - Fury

SteakByrnes
April 8th 2018


13014 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Awesome to see all the support for these guys m/

Spec
April 8th 2018


35502 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is really good so far.

SteakByrnes
April 8th 2018


13014 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

You damn right it is

Voltimand
April 8th 2018


850 Comments


That album artwork is cool, will listen soon.

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Scoot
April 8th 2018


19080 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this destroys

Wildcardbitchesss
April 8th 2018


1546 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dope dope dope. Need more gud metalcore in my life

Digging: Forn - The Departure of Consciousness

calmrose
April 8th 2018


3628 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

each listen of this I pick up something new that just rules, there's a lot going on in this album that isn't immediately picked up on



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