Palms - Palms
When this concept was first revealed to the world, tons of people I know started foaming at the mouth in anticipation of what this Deftones/Isis hybrid was going to sound like. But unlike the vast majority of my friends, who listen to metal, I have never liked Isis. Progressive post-metal acts like Isis and Neurosis, who have always been bigger about mood and the art itself, have never done anything for me. But I’d be a fool to deny these acts in their ability to effectively portray a specific atmosphere and build on or arrange simple sounds into a total package that can be absolutely massive. Isis’ final album, Wavering Radiant, in its ability to hit the nail on the head in terms of creating a musical soundtrack to its concept of dreams could be likened to Pink Floyd’s take on the Wizard of Oz, atleast in terms of capturing the idea. I wouldn’t dare say Isis have anything in their catalog that could hold a candle to Dark Side. However, it’s this dreamlike imagining musically that carries itself into Palms.
If you have had a chance to listen to the single, Patagonia, you’ve noticed that what we have here is Isis stripping down the metal and laying out an almost pop-like sound. It has a sense of ambience that recent Deftones records have had but Caxide, Harris, and Meyer have a better sense of how to play on a simple idea and don’t rely on as many changes as Carpenter, Vega, Delgado, and Cunningham do. What Palms does is allow the atmosphere to take center stage and almost presents a floating like state as the album progresses, which is description that seems to only make sense after you hear it. Even Chino’s vocals are there almost to serve as another instrument rather than stand-alone like most vocalists do.
I didn’t anticipate gravitating towards this album like I have. I anticipated giving it half a chance only because Chino was involved but ultimately throwing it aside because I felt the Isis portion would end ruining it for me. I should have given Caxide, Harris, and Meyer more respect than that and should have realized that they are smart enough musicians that they would have distanced themselves from their previous band. What they, along with Moreno, have delivered is arguably the chillest record that will be released all year. This is definitely one you just sit back and take in. Highly recommended for fans of both Isis and the Deftones. It’s not exactly what you’d expect but will, most likely, a bigger hit become with you than had it been.
Label: Ipecac Records
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Similar: Deftones, Isis
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Originally posted by: John Barlow
Chino Moreno and Isis. Looks like there will be a spike in pregnancies and irresponsible sexual acts this year.
Originally posted by: the jizzler
why isn't this gary shit on spotify? i want to hear it.
because the album doesn't come out for another month.
click here for link