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The Dreams of Men

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The Scottish band Pallas is one of the best representatives of sophisticated British progressive rock. Their releases are always something really special. They create in their own studio, located in the heart of the beautiful countryside of Aberdeen, stunning songs with impressive lyrics. On their new opus, the lyrics are about everyone's dreams but due to people's social background they vary. 'The Dreams of Men', on the whole, stands for this variety. The new Pallas album is a demonstration of contemporary progressive rock with a powerful and modern soun.2006

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Bringer Of Dreams 9:50
  2. Warriors 7:15
  3. Ghostdancers 7:30
  4. Too Close To The Sun 11:34
  5. Messiah 4:57
  6. Northern Star 4:01
  7. Mr. Wolfe 5:48
  8. Invincible 10:45
  9. The Last Angel 11:28

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 31, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Inside Out
  • ASIN: B000AY9OUS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,308 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By NEOPROG RAN on November 13, 2005
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This is an excellent example of great music. This CD puts Pallas in a position to take command of the other progressive greats out there such as IQ and Arena. Pallas has taken their time to construct dramatic, pasionate pieces of music that are both aggressive and beautiful. I would like to thank all the members of the band but a special note must be to Ronnie Brown. Brown is a killer keyboard player with interesting ideas all over the CD. During the fabulous "Too Close to the Sun" Brown seems to be channeling Genesis circa late 70s- what an incredible sound. In "Bringer of Dreams" he flies on the keyboard. Amazing musicianship throughout. It's wonderful how Pallas has really kept the prog going with "The Cross and the Crucible" and now with "The Dreams of Men". Absolutely essential for anyone that enjoys progressive music. Purchase this one now proggers!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Hundley on March 9, 2006
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Pallas are a Scottish progressive rock band who are typically labeled as "neo prog". They've always been a difficult fit, as they have strong progressive rock influences as well as heavy and melodic rock leanings. Pallas tend therefore to be somewhat on the rock side of progressive rock. With a history that has spanned over a quarter of a century, they have consistantly been one of the best live acts in the British progressive rock field. Their broad scope as well some unfortunate treatment by former record companies has left a number of their priot albums somewhat patchy.

Having pretty much given up on the music industry in the late 80s, the band found that there was a strong interest in their music online, and that the Internet gave them a viable avenue to connect with their fans. In the late 90s they came back in impressive form, releasing Beat The Drum, which kicked their prior recordings into touch at least in terms of overall composition and performance, if not consistancy. They followed up with Cross and the Crucible, which was something of a rough diamond. This release see Pallas developing their sound to a new level and entirely eclipsing their back catalogue.

The album opens strongly with The Bringer of Dreams. A delicate and haunting synth opening seduces the listener, the guitar builds on the melancholia, strings build tension, and the rhythm section explodes into the song. Its complex and sinister, as befits the lyrics. Warriors follows, a charged and emotional piece that deals with fanatical suicidal terriorists. Next up is Ghostdancers which opens with lovely violin and a great vocal. This is a great song, and it steps the album up a notch. What follows it is wonderful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jason M. Carzon on February 17, 2006
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Scotland's Pallas were once part of the U.K. art-rock scene of the early 80's along with Marillion,IQ, Pendragon and Twelvth Night, and return here with one of the top records of 2005 in the often called 'neo-prog' genre. Four years has passed since their excellent 'Cross & The Crucible' album from 2001, and although Pallas releases are few and far between, it is often worth the wait.

'Dreams Of Men' continues in the more symphonic direction they embarked on when they first returned to active service in 1998 with their 'Beat the Drum' album, and here they waste no time making up for lost time with a solid- though lengthy- 70+ minutes of cinematic and melodic rock which goes through many moods and textures ranging from dramatic orchestral washes to heavier, almost prog-metal guitar bite. This is modern Neo with some meat on the bones, and though this lengthy disc is filled to the end with music, it's solid and still merits repeat listenings. Lyrically, 'Dreams' has a loose concept about, well, the dreams of mankind- what drives us, our hearts desires, our darkests fears and anxieties. Cheery stuff, I know, and occasionally preachy, but the songs stand alone, so any linking thread can be irrelevant. The album starts off powerful, but the best material is towards the end.

The line-up remains the same as ever: guitarist Niall Mathewson, keyboardist Ronnie Brown, drummer Colin Fraser, Graeme Murray playing some fine Chris Squire-esque bass and of course vocalist Alan Reed. The artwork is excellent, though that one band photo is a bit eerie. The songs:

THE BRINGER OF DREAMS: An orchestral intro opens the circus of dreams, finally breaking through with powerful guitar, and drags you through ten minutes of prime Pallas.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Perez on October 25, 2005
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Pallas returns with a recording that even surpasses the musical sophistication and sonic brilliance of its predecessors _Beat the Drum_ and The Cross and the Crucible_. _The Dreams of Men_ is a truly solid group effort with all the expected twists and turns of the band's classic epic bombasts. In addition, the disc includes some hauntingly beautiful melodies in songs like "Ghostdancers" and "The Last Angel" and even some wry humor in "Messiah" ("Hello, good morning, from the top of the food chain . . ." "God is my buddy, we talk all the time . . ."). This is highly recommended. American fans will have a rare chance to see the band at The Rites of Spring Festival in April 2006 (...). Be there!!
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