(Rise Records)

On May 21, 2012 people were running around worried because Harold Camping, a Christian Radio Broadcaster, predicted “The Rapture.” Harold Camping believed that on that day all the Christians will be taken to heaven. What about everyone else? They will be left for death and judgment. On May 21, 2013 people were running around to Best Buy, Hot topic, or Fye to pick up Palisades’ new album Outcasts. The album reached as high of a number as 5 on iTunes rock chart.

The albums’ intro song “We are all” is the shortest song on the disc (under two minutes). Yet, it brings a lot to the album. The song sets the tempo and gives you an idea of what you can expect to feel from the whole album. The next song “Your Disease” starts with rough and off pitch clean vocals. The song cleans up into guitar chugging and electronic samples. For the most part, tracks two through five carry a similar vibe and sound. In that group is the band’s single “Outcasts,” featuring Andy Leo of Crown the Empire. Most of Palisades’ fans have heard that song. It is easy to say that if they like it they should like tracks two through five. Those songs include a lot of time and tempo changes, melodic guitars, and lots of electronic samples. Track six, “High and Low,” is a song that’s different from the others on the album. The song keeps Palisades’ post-hardcore style but added dub step elements throughout. The album continues with its post-hardcore style on tracks seven and eight. Tracks nine and ten are different from the others, since they add elements not yet heard in the album thus far. Track nine is probably the heaviest song of the lot on the album. Track nine includes a synth breakdown in the middle as well as a 45 second breakdown at the end of the song. Track ten is the opposite of track nine. Track ten (Sidney) is an acoustic song with string instruments and a clapped tempo. After being given nine post-hardcore songs in a row it’s nice to have a breather song. “Scarred” ends the album nicely with elements from the whole album blended together. The album starts soft and ends with a bang that fades out slowly leaving the listener with the hopes that another song will start.

Overall, the album was good but not what I expected from Palisades. Palisades had an amazing EP that set them apart from others in the industry. That uniqueness got them signed to Rise Records in the first place and I was hoping for a more mature album. This album sounds like an extension of I’m Not Dying Today so if you like that album then you’ll most likely like this one as well. (Justin Petrucci)

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