Released: 12th June
Released By: Listenable Records
Tim Henwood – Vocals and Percussion
Leigh Maden – Guitars
Matthew Harrison – Guitars
Andrew Gilpin – Bass Guitar
Anthony Troiano – Drums
Sean Johnston – Keys
- Take Your Medicine
- No Chance In Hell
- Another Thing Coming
- Burn My Bridges
- White Bird (Bring Your Armies Against Me)
- Ain’t Got Nobody To Blame But Myself
- Leave Me Behind
- Devil’s Daughter
- Get Back Up (Burn The Sky)
- If It Ain’t Broke
I’m going to say it straight off the bat. It’s been a hell of a long time since I heard a debut album that was this damn good. In fact, I’m not even sure who it would be. One thing’s for sure: if you didn’t know this was a debut, you’d think this was at least the third album from a band who’d been doing the rounds for a few years.
As it is, this is a cracking record from a band who were formed roughly two and a half years ago. It’s pretty hard to pin down one influence for them…there are points that put me in mind of AC/DC, then others (particularly during the epic White Bird (Bring Your Armies Against Me)) that remind me of Pink Floyd. As in Dark Side of the Moon Floyd. Yep, they’re that good.
A lot of bands try to play it slightly ‘safe’ on their first album. Don’t do anything too outlandish or different and you’ll go down well seems to be the motto for a lot of groups. Well, not Palace of the King. This is a band with a bright, slightly psychedelic future, and they’re certainly starting off with a bang.
It’s not often I listen to a band for the first time and become an immediate fan. Palace, however, have bucked that trend. The album has already been pre-ordered (yes, I still buy physical albums) and I’m on the lookout for them coming to Northern Ireland’s sunny shores. Hopefully this’ll be sooner rather than later.
I could probably write a full review for each song on the album. However, I won’t. Even picking a favourite song is nigh on impossible, as each time I listen to the album, something different jumps out at me.
Keep an eye on these guys. They’re going places, and if their future output is anywhere near as good as this, it’ll be one hell of a ride.
Written by: Gareth Franklin
RATINGS: Gareth – 10/10