Palisades “Outcasts” Review
If you enjoy the sounds of spacey electronics and pounding guitar breakdowns, then Palisades is probably a band that you should be listening to right now. These New Jersey natives are another one of Rise Records powerhouse, post-hardcore bands, banking on the mutable cleaned and screamed vocal duo. Now normally bands that play into this Rise Records molded post-hardcore/metalcore structure, often have albums where all the songs tend to blend together and nothing really stands out as new, exciting, or seemingly worthy of our attention. However, upon listening to Palisade’s debut studio album, Outcasts, in spite of using the predictable Rise-core pattern, the overall record was well produced and thought out, truly highlighting some great musical performances.
Outcasts, which was released Tuesday May 21st, is a solid offering of catchy choruses, catchier synth lines, and remarkable instrumentation. Throughout the entirety of the album the synth is tastefully placed, and not abused, and the guitar and drums provide a superb backbone. A few noteworthy guest appearances on the album include Andy Leo of Crown the Empire, Tyler Carter of Issue, and Chris Roetter of Like Moths to Flames. The guest vocalists added some multiplicity to the track list, making the album relatively more varied and exciting. The album starts off with “We Are All” and it showcases some well-done electronics and a stellar vocal performance. The song is quite reminiscent of early Saosin, which emits both feelings of nostalgia and revitalization in some people. “Outcasts” is catchy and delightful; it sounds almost pop punk inspired with post hardcore elements. The song features the outstanding vocals of Crown the Empire’s Andy Leo, who helped kick things up a notch. “High and Low” is sure to be fan favorite, featuring Tyler Carter of Issues. It begins sounding like some sort of club/dance track with the electronics in full glory. It’s incredibly catchy and the beat is so sick, it will leave you jumping, dancing, and possibly fist-pumping along in seconds. “A.I.” was my favorite off the record, and probably the most pop punk-esque song off the album. The catchiness of the chorus and the awesome guitar and drum work make it a stand-out jam. Palisades slows things down with “Sidney”, and its mixture of acoustics and electronics ends up with a perfect pairing. Furthermore, the vocal performances on the track were excellent. Outcasts finally comes to a close with “Scarred”, where the instrumental backbone chugs along, devotedly supporting frontman, Louis Miceli’s spot-on vocals.
Overall, Outcasts, is a stellar album from the boys in Palisades. It’s their combination of well-placed guest performances, clever songwriting, solid instrumentation, and ability to turn the Rise Records formula into catchy, enjoyable tracks that sets the album over the top. I’m excited to see where Palisades heads next with all their high potential, hoping for even more originality in the future and keeping my fingers crossed that they won’t get swallowed up by the murky waters of Rise-core constructed music. If you’re a fan of I See Stars, Our Last Night, Crown the Empire, Issues, Like Moths to Flames, definitely check out Palisades and Outcasts, it’s something you won’t want to miss.