Palms – Palms (2013)
So, this is Palms. A new band formed from the grave of Isis, who split in 2010. Chino Moreno of the Deftones has taken on vocals. This, their debut album, was just released last month on Mike Patton’s Ipecac records, an outlet for much of the Isis work since Oceanic (2002).
Now, there is plenty about this and who I am, who I am friends with, what music I listen to, the fact that it is on one of my favourite record labels, etc. that this album has going for it. On paper, I should love it, right? Well, here’s the kicker: I’m not much of a fan of Isis, never have been, and I find Deftones pretty boring. I like post rock/post metal, I like experimental music, I like drone doom, I like Neurosis, I like Red Sparowes (guitarist Bryant Clifford Meyer is a member of both Isis and Palms), I like Old Man Gloom (singer/guitarist was in Isis), but not really Isis. I don’t hate them, I don’t mind having the albums on, but wouldn’t go out of my way or choose to listen to them. As for Deftones, I like a couple of tracks, but don’t go a bundle on them, either.
So, Palms… well, to me, it’s more of the same. I found it a bit boring. Slow post metal which I don’t find to be particularly dynamic or interesting.
Now, I know that this is going to put me in the minority of people who might listen to it, so, I’m just going to add that you should give it a chance yourself and make your own mind up, but for me, it’s a no.
Spotify link: Palms – Palms