U Words by Rebecca Panico
Palisades newest self-titled LP is softer than previous releases, serving up more electronic beats and catchy choruses. Fans shouldn’t be worried though: Palisades doesn’t sound like Metro Station just yet. The band, hailing from Iselin, N.J., should be applauded for creating hardcore music that’s actually listenable. But by creating songs that are easier on the ears, Palisades may have alienated its hardcore fans. Songs like “Let Down,” and “Fall” sound more like atmospheric, alternative rock. The quieter and catchy singing on this album really mark this as a less-than hardcore project. “Mind Games,” the band’s previous LP from 2015, showed that the band was heading in a more electronic direction, but it still had blood curdling vocal breakdowns which are characteristically metal/hardcore. That’s something which is missing from this newest album. Fast runs and piercing vocals still exist on this self-titled album, especially on “Through Hell,” which was launched as a single ahead of the album’s Jan. 20l release date. Just about every track combines programmed beats with real drumming, which is interesting and a highlight of the band. This tactic makes each track sound alike though, making it difficult to find something unique from song to song. Bands are allowed to do something different. When Palisades experiments with various genres, they’re still able to offer up a well-produced LP. In the end, this is a very clean, polishedsounding album. It still remains to be seen if catchy vocals and electronic beats should be mixed with hardcore music in the first place though. Dedicated fans may find it refreshing, but others may be put off by it.
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Top tracks: “Better Chemicals,” “Let Down”
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