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The Messenger
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The Messenger

Pallas

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In a stunning return to form, Pallas, the legendary Scottish progressive rock band, has released their 8th studio album, "The Messenger." This release, forty years after their seminal albums of the 80s, is not just a comeback; it's a powerful statement that the band remains as relevant and impactful as ever.

"The Messenger" is the album many thought would never materialize, yet here it is, ready to exceed expectations and, quite possibly, blow your socks off. It bridges the gap between the band's classic sound and the urgent themes of today. While their earlier work, like 'The Sentinel', was a reflection of the Cold War era's tensions, "The Messenger" addresses today's concerns - from environmental crises to the resurgence of global political tensions.

This album is a masterful blend of the old and the new, retaining the essence of Pallas's identity while exploring fresh sonic territories. It's a rich musical tapestry that oscillates between the bleakness of our current world and a glimmer of hope that all may not be lost. In "The Messenger," Pallas doesn't look for a savior; instead, they suggest that the solution lies within each of us.

Pallas

"The Messenger" stands as a significant addition to this year's musical landscape and, without a doubt, the crowning achievement of Pallas's illustrious career.

From the first listen, it's clear that this album is a culmination of Pallas's years of musical exploration and innovation. It's an album that rewards repeated listening, with each track unfolding layers of complexity and emotion. The music is dark yet uplifting, rocking yet filled with moments of tenderness and wonder.

At Prog Radio, we're thrilled to bring this monumental work to our listeners. Several tracks from "The Messenger" are now featured in our New Music rotation, showcasing the band's ability to remain at the forefront of the progressive rock genre.

As 2023 draws to a close, "The Messenger" stands as a significant addition to this year's musical landscape and, without a doubt, the crowning achievement of Pallas's illustrious career.

Released:
Run Time:
Dec 15, 2023
51 min
Highlights:
The Messenger • The Nine • The Great Attractor
Reviewer:
The Prog Yak
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