The Dreams of Men
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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.Read more ›
'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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is another nice effort from the boys from Scotland. "Dreams" is not so much a concept album as a disc with a theme about dreams of humankind. Read morePublished on December 2, 2007 by Steven Sly
I am truly sorry I bought this CD after the travisty that was the last one I bought. I apologize to myself. There, there.Published on March 2, 2007 by Bryan M. Tucker
This is a magnificent work of art. The result is a delight to my senses. What an amazing sound. Undeniably, it should be purchased by all progressive fans. Read morePublished on April 22, 2006 by V. Sequeda
JUST BUY THIS CD , YOU WILL NOT BE SORRY.AWESOME MUSIC..Published on December 2, 2005 by ROBERT GOODWIN