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Palace: Master of the Universe

Palace is a Swedish melodic hard rock band founded by lead singer and guitarist Michael Palace (that's the mystery of the name sorted then.) The band is rounded out by Rick Digorio on guitar, Marcus Johansson on drums and Soufian Ma'Aoui on bass. Frontiers Records informs us in their usual hyperbolic style that the band is, "Heavily influenced by 80's imagery and sounds, Palace delivers massive arena rock like you've never heard before! As individuals and at times crossing paths, they have played with ADRENALINE RUSH, REACH, ERIKA, HOUSTON, FIND ME, GUTTERDÄMERUNG, BIG TIME, and MILJENKO MATIJEVIC (not my use of capitals) to name a few."

Like Cruzh who are Frontiers trablemates Palace take their influence straight out of the 1980s – "Cool Running" could have straight from the soundtrack of The Running Man. The songs are strong if not quite as immediate as the aforementioned Cruzh, however, I found the album somewhat lacking in the sound department. Michael Palace's voices dominates everything and sits nicely atop everything but much of the instrumentation especially is buried under the keyboards and I can't help feeling that a more balanced approach would have accentuated the undoubted quality of the songs on offer.

Track Listing:
  1. Master Of The Universe
  2. Cool Running
  3. Man Behind The Gun
  4. Part Of Me
  5. No Exit
  6. Matter In Hand
  7. Path To Light
  8. Rules Of The Game
  9. She Said It's Over
  10. Strangers Eyes
  11. Young, Wild, Free

Added: October 6th 2016
Reviewer: Simon Bray
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
Hits: 1746
Language: english

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