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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 24, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • ASIN: B0001CNQ76
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #910,423 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Steven Sly on December 1, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Pallas were one of a handful of bands to emerge from the English neo-progressive rock scene in the early 80's. Although never reaching the level of success that bands like Marillion gained, Pallas did manage to carve out a loyal fan base that remains to this day. Many fans consider "The Sentinel" to be the band's best album and the "Atlantis Suite" section of this album to be their crowning achievement. Indeed for a debut album this was quite impressive at the time. Listening to it again today after all these years, the material does sound very 80's - ish which definitely dates the album a bit. The first few songs are short rockers with the whole second half of the album dealing with the Atlantis theme. Actually I am not really sure where the "concept" part of the album begins and ends since all of the songs don't really seem to fit, but the overall end of the world scenario is present throughout. Highlights include "Eastwest", "March On Atlantis", "Heart Attack" and "Atlantis". A few of the shorter tracks sound as if they were meant to be 80's radio singles and don't fit the rest of the album all that well, but this is a minor criticism. If you like early 80's neo progressive rock this one is essential. If you don't like it this one won't do anything to change your mind.
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"the Sentinal" isn't a masterpiece,but at least Pallas were trying to be a progressive rock band during the "dark ages" of this genre.The first cut is a killer and the cover art is very cool...
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i read some reviews about this band and decided to check them out. sadly i found them pretty average prog music. are they good? yes. are they competent? sure. do they offer anything different, orginal or above average? no. sad to say, the music industry is flooded with prog bands and their sweeping symphonic sounds. but the industry is saturated with average artists. this is exactly what happened to the "new age" music category. nothing but copy cats of copy cats. don't get me wrong, they guys are alright. if you don't have a lot of prog music or are new to the scene, this would be as good as any place to start. but if you're familiar with the scene and have a lot of discs already, Pallas will have nothing new to offer. sorry.
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First released in 1984, "The Sentinel" was produced by Eddie Offord (first producer of Yes in 1972!). The group was formed by Evan Lowson on Lead Vocals, Graeme Murray on Bass, Ronnie Brown on Keyboards, Niall Mathewson on lead Guitar and Derek Forman on Drums.
The music in this album shows a polished group performing a bombastic and pretentiously pompus (based on a mythological concept) Hard rock with light Progressive passages in a "motion picture" oriented format. Although the recording is energetic in the first half of the disc (the songs produced by Offord), the second half resulted boring and un interesting with nothing really to offer to the Heavy rock fan because the keyboards and voices seems to sound above the other instruments, breaking the Hard edge side of a Rock recording... The top tracks of the disc are:
Shock Treatment, Cut And Run, Arrive Alive, Rise And Fall (part I & II) and Atlantis...Good Luck!
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Bar none, the most spectacular prog album of the eighties, IMO and better than 95% of what was produced in the 70s. Not kidding. Along with Solaris' Martian Chronicles released the same year (1984), the full Atlantis-Suite version is the most symphonic of all 80s releases and certainly more than any other neo release with the possible exception of IQ's Tales from the Lush Attic and it's epic, the Last Human Gateway. They key with this release is ignoring Arrive Alive which appeared to be shoehorned into the original and the re-releases as a way of drawing a pop audience. The only other weak spot is probably the chorus in Shock Treatment which has not aged well. Otherwise Shock Treatment fits in well with the rest of the album, both in its theme (Orwellian) and it's brassy synth riffs.

The remaining 8 tracks (Cut & Run + Atlantis Suite) stand high against any prog releases in their classical-inspired structure (complete with the treatment of a recurring motif, and in the orchestral/choral tone that more closely resembles Vangelis than Marillion but with elements of Yes and Rush included. The seven-track Atlantis suite, is the clearly the shining star here. As the sole classically-trained musician in the band, Ronnie Brown is likely the brains behind the thematic movements and Eddy Offord is likely the brains behind the symphonic arrangements given his experience forming classic arrangements for ELP and Yes. The lyrics are also well done. Touching and powerful, describing a science fiction story of the purest kind -- humanity builds machines to defend from each other, but the machines they create are their own undoing, forcing the world's nations to join together to defeat a newfound common enemy. Finally, Euan Lawson is the perfect vocalist for this.
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