Is it a coincidence or fate that the former Isis musicians Jeff Caxide, Aaron Harris and Bryant Clifford Meyer couldn't hold out without music for long after the split of their band and came across Deftones frontman Chino Moreno in search of a singer for their new project, who immediately turned out to be a long-time Isis fan? You could say that what belongs together now grows together here. Caxide, Meyer and Harris took over the ambient and post-rock parts from the large Isis sound and left out the angry confessions. Moreno now cuddles up to these almost mild sounds with his dynamic and powerful vocals. What Palms deliver here has nothing more to do with metal. Neither with the Alternative'n'NuMetal of the Deftones nor with the Doom'n'Post-Metal of Isis. Not that there are no temperamental confessions on the part of Moreno every now and then, which culminate in discreet outbursts. But what the quartet stages in its six tracks, some of which are quite epic, is rather highly atmospheric to brittle-ambient.
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