Palisades
Erase the Pain


4.0
excellent

Review

by bentheREDfan USER (76 Reviews)
January 8th, 2019 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Breaking out of the mold, but still a bit stuck in it too.

Catharsis is a vital component of the volatile concoction that is a human being. Without the ability to heal ourselves, our race would likely fall apart in depression-induced self-destruction. Thus, homo-sapiens consistently seek out escape from the prison that daily life can become. The catch, though, lies in the prescription we dole to ourselves to mend; healing is no good if our self-medication is, in actuality, bleeding us further. As hard rock group Palisades would put it, “if you try to clean with kerosene, you’ll burn it away”.

Erase The Pain is a project designed for recuperation, shelter, and determination against the cobwebs of our days. It’s a strong, highly effective dose of aural pharmaceuticals. The production is clear, rich, and complementary to each and every musician featured throughout the journey, a journey which shifts through different stages of despair and grief while trying to hold onto the light and emerge at the end of the tunnel. But the production isn’t the only ingredient that aides this ride; some of the hardest hitting guitar and vocal work of the genre are both significant chemicals in the Palisades pill. The vocals are versatile and impactful; alternating between mid and high-range croons to raw, power-packed screams and growls, depending on the needs of the respective tune. The guitars are crafted similarly; both the lead and the rhythm tracks interlock and/or duel proficiently, either through gut-busting riffs and power chords or more pensive, deliberate clean picking. Largely, the bass helps to thicken the six-strings up, but arguably, this isn’t to the record’s detriment. The guitar-work is stellar in its tone, and the thickness and unavoidability to it are, at least partially, due to the bass guitar. Drums take a bit longer to set in, but once they do, one realizes the elasticity of them; they groove, they thrash, they calm, they truly cover the sonic spectrum.

Palisades have never been a group to shy away from experimentation, and the results are no different here. R&B and hip-hop are largely borrowed from, but there’s electronica, pop, and dance tendencies as well. Further, some of these integrations are bit subtler and won't be caught on first listen, making this the perfect headphone album. There are tasteful bits of ear candy scattered throughout and finding these Easter eggs is quite pleasurable and encourages repeated listens. But the experimentation isn’t just in integrating sonically foreign elements into the tried-and-true schematic; it’s in the song structures themselves too. The guys largely operate with a typical verse-chorus-verse template, but they operate skillfully. There are unexpected song breaks, jump scare screams and guitar riffs, and beautiful, reflective rests. It’s more comfortable than something like Dream Theater, yes, but it has more tricks up its sleeve than many would initially give it credit for.

No, the script of this drug isn’t exactly Shakespearian, but it doesn’t need to be. It’s brutally honest, exceedingly relatable, and well-written. Tasteful song placement allows the album to flow as a dynamic story, packing both highs and lows throughout. Topics range from battling negative pressure to the brokenness of addiction, to dependence, and to self-improvement. These topics align beautifully with the music enveloping them and promise to be the ideal cocktail for the suffering soul.

There are still some side effects to the record, though minimal. Some of these songs pack potential but end a bit too quickly to really develop on it. Track “Ways To Disappear” is awkward on its first few listens; it starts with a moody R&B verse, then awkwardly flips to a guitar-driven rock chorus that throws the listener for a loop. The track can be a grower, yes, but it can also remain as a disorienting, mid-album annoyance.

Erase The Pain is not only one of the better heavy albums of 2018 but one of the more competent albums in the scene. It isn’t perfect, but it’s smart and inventive, presenting clever and empathetic lyrics, tight musicianship, and out-of-the-box writing. The result" The album doesn't burn one away; one doesn't feel as if they've wasted one’s time after listening. If you yourself are a kindred suffering spirit, or if you have even a minor appreciation for modern heavy music, Palisades have designed the drug for you.



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Papa Universe
January 8th 2019


19677 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

meh album, but POSades

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
January 8th 2019


24789 Comments


I don't think this is as good as their last, but it's still alright.

Digging: wellspring - iris's room

Sinternet
January 8th 2019


18593 Comments


'Catharsis is a vital component of the volatile concoction that is a human being. Without the ability to heal ourselves, our race would likely fall apart in depression-induced self-destruction. Thus, homo-sapiens consistently seek out escape from the prison that daily life can become. The catch, though, lies in the prescription we dole to ourselves to mend; healing is no good if our self-medication is, in actuality, bleeding us further. '

no

Digging: Dua Lipa - Dua Lipa

CaliggyJack
January 8th 2019


2396 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

album is ass

bentheREDfan
January 8th 2019


494 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

To the pos- Thank you for whoever did that

To The Spirit- Dude I gotta be honest, the last thing I heard from Palisades before this was Mind Games so I have no clue what the self-titled sounds like

To Sinternet- Made sense to me but whatever, guess it wasn't for everyone

To CaliggyJack- Dude you can think whatever the hell you want about the album as far as I'm concerned, but a 2.5 doesn't seem to translate to "ass"

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
January 9th 2019


24789 Comments


Their self-titled was really stripped down pop rock w/emphasis on the pop. It was really well done. I highly recommend.

CaliggyJack
January 9th 2019


2396 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

2.5 is definitely ass bruh



5.0 - The whole shebang

4.5 - Everything good except her face

4.0 - Everything good except her face and down there

3.5 - Thighs, tits and ass are good to go

3.0 - Tits and ass

2.5 - Ass

2.0 - Nothing good on this chick

1.5 - Nothing good on this chick and she's a psychopath

1.0 - Bruh that's a trap.

bentheREDfan
January 10th 2019


494 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ok Jack that was pretty good, I have to give you that. Going to save that scale.

Hellscythe
January 11th 2019


3243 Comments


trap should be 5 tho

Digging: The Twilight Sad - It Won/t Be Like This All the Time

AgentDeathbat
January 11th 2019


7871 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

[2]

TheGreatSandman
January 11th 2019


8 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Can I give a POS to Jack for that rating scale?



I loved their self-titled album. It was one of the most unexpected bangers of 2017 imo.

JesperL
January 11th 2019


343 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

released around such a stupid time, feel absolutely no need to come back to this but it's fine ig

AgentDeathbat
January 11th 2019


7871 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Got to this today, solid album. Agreed with the review.

CaliggyJack
January 12th 2019


2396 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

@Sandman Thank you I'm here on Tuesdays



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