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Pallas: Moment to Moment (DVD)

Marillion could learn a thing or two from its neo-progressive peers Pallas. The members of this Scottish band aren't reluctant to rock anymore, as the classy 90-minute live performance on Moment to Moment makes so enjoyably obvious. Filmed in 2007 at the Wyspianski Theater in Katowice, Poland a popular site for many prog bands to make DVDs these days, especially if said DVDs are going to be released by Metal Mind Productions, which is headquartered in that country Moment to Moment finds guitarist Niall Mathewson coming out of his shell for an abundance of searing solos, expressive bassist Graeme Murray still looking as if he's ready to go work in the yard, and Alan Reed working the stage better than front men half his age.

Not surprisingly, much of this concert pulls from 2005's The Dreams of Men, Pallas' latest studio album. Although the band emerged with Marillion, Pendragon and IQ during the Eighties' prog-rock renaissance, Pallas went on hiatus in 1986, returning in 1999 to a new generation of listeners. For a more-comprehensive live look at the band's material, check out 2004's The Blinding Darkness, which included a dramatic appearance by controversial original singer Euan Lowson. Moment to Moment, instead, offers a worthy sonic snapshot of where Pallas stands today and where they may be headed next.


Track Listing:
1) Warriors
2) Hide and Seek
3) Ghostdancers
4) Cut and Run
5) Heart Attack
6) Queen of the Deep
7) Northern Star
8) The Last Angel
9) Invincible
10) Midas Touch
11) Fragments of the Sun
12) Arrive Alive
Plus "Tales from the Tourbus," "The Rehearsal Tapes" and interview with Graeme Murray and Alan Reed

Added: July 1st 2008
Reviewer: Michael Popke
Score:
Related Link: Official Pallas Web Site
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Pallas: Moment to Moment (DVD)
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2008-07-01 15:13:41
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Always one of the classiest of the second generation progressive rock bands, Pallas show you exactly why on this enjoyable live DVD concert Moment to Moment, recorded in, you guessed it, Poland. As with most of the prog & metal live DVD's from Metal Mind Productions the last few years, this one is expertly well shot, featuring stellar sound, and the band really giving it their all in front of an appreciative audience. With searing guitars, thick Rickenbacker bass rumblings, and vintage keyboard sounds, Pallas play a set heavy on their more recent material, Alan Reed lending his melodic & emotional vocal style to solid cuts like "Queen of the Deep", "Hide and Seek", 'Ghost Dancers", and of course "Midas Touch". Longtime fans will also love the stirring rendition of the classic "Arrive Alive", one of their signature tunes from the early part of their career. If you've been following Pallas since the early 80's, or fancy Marillion or IQ, this will be a must see DVD for you, and the inclusions of extras like an interview, additional video footage, discography, band bio, and a photo gallery make it an all-around worthwhile purchase. Chalk up another winner from the folks at Metal Mind.



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