The American post-hardcore band Palisades released their new self-titled album on January 20th 2017 via Rise Records. The band currently consists of Louis Miceli (vocals), Matt Marshall (guitar), Xavier Adames (guitar, vocals), Brandon Elgar (bass, vocals), Aaron Rosa (drums) and Graves (DJ/ Production).
Their sound is innovative and heavy as usual, but the band has taken a turn with their third record: their songs are now accessible to a broader audience, not only fans of classic alternative rock. Palisades describe their sound as a mixture of hip hop, EDM and rock and strive for shows that resemble “an electric high energy party”. Influenced by new member Graves, the band combines heavy bass and guitar lines with a wide electronic range and excellent vocals performed by Louis Miceli.
Lead single and opener of the album is the song ‘Agression’ and the title describes its sound perfectly. It reminds the listener of a typical aggressive post-hardcore song which can also be found on former releases of the band. Along with the single they also released a music video for ‘Aggressive‘ which you can check out down below. Tracks like ‘Cold Heart (Warm Blood)’ and ‘Better Chemicals’ include genre-typical alternative elements which yet again remind the listener of Palisades‘ former releases but are also clearly influenced by R&B and take their sound to a new level.
Furthermore the band decided to go into a very different direction with ‘Let Down’ and ‘Dark’, two new songs that feature heavy electronic beats and show how versatile Palisades’ song-writing and composing really is.
Although the band is keen on mixing different styles to create a unique new sound they never lose connection to their roots. The last song on their self-titled record called ‘Personal’ is a perfect example for that as it includes typical alternative and hard-rock elements again.
Palisades took a risk in mixing so many different styles and sounds together but their third album still is a solid release. Although the raw sound the band used to be known for on their former albums is gone now, their self-titled record shows their musical ability and personal growth as a band. They created a well composed, mature record which shows the world what they are capable of. Although they had to face line-up changes (departure of former members Brandon Reese and Earl Halasan) and other challenges, Palisades did not give up, it only pushed them to work harder.
Palisades manage to mix hardcore with electronic beats and R&B elements which creates a unique and innovative sound for their self-titled album. It might not be everyone's taste but it is definitely worth checking the release out. Palisades approach to mixing genre-typical elements shows that they aren't afraid of testing their boundaries in order to create something entirely new.