PAL­ISADES

Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews -

ERASE THE PAIN (RISE) KKKKK

FOR FANS OF: Bring Me The Hori­zon, SHVPES, Linkin Park

■ Be­ing merely ‘good’ is never a good thing for a band. Be­ing merely ‘good’ while also think­ing you can pull your­selves up through lib­eral ap­pli­ca­tion of ir­ri­tat­ing com­puter noises and ef­fects is ba­si­cally like fir­ing a can­non­ball into your own hull. Such is the case for Pal­isades on Erase The Pain. Their Linkin Park-y nu-me­tal is so of­ten nearly good, but they nei­ther throw them­selves whole­heart­edly enough into a bath of their in­flu­ences, nor do they take it any fur­ther and add their own per­son­al­ity. And while the elec­tron­ics float along be­hind the mu­sic nicely enough, too of­ten there’s a weird noise that makes you won­der what the hell made them think it was a good idea. On the plus side, on War they show off how well singer Lou Miceli Jr can em­u­late Ch­ester Bennington’s scream, and there’s some good riffs, but bal­lad Run­away is pure cheese, and the whole thing sounds like it just needs an in­jec­tion of en­ergy to bring it to life. NICK RUSKELL

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