Quite a while ago, around 2009 or so, I thought to myself that the perfect most wonderful collaboration ever would be Chino Moreno singing for ISIS. This thought occurred on the eve of ISIS breaking up and anyone who knew me back then would have understood how important the final ISIS album “Wavering Radiant” was for me at that point in time. As a band ISIS were one of the most exciting things to happen in the past decade and anyone who is a fan knows the brilliance of this band. The way they created beautiful moodscapes of blissful heavy metal was unmatched and they truly were a pioneering group of individuals. Much like Deftones, ISIS have firmly placed their sound into the unique DNA of the heavy metal sound and helped evolve the genre to brand new territories.
When the news broke in 2011 that three of the members of ISIS (Jeff Caxide, Aaron Harris and Bryant Clifford Myer) were joining forces with Deftones vocalist Chino Moreno to form a new band called “PALMS” I took a few days to digest the news. It was an unbelievable dream come true and fuelled my imagination as to what this wonderful pairing of musical pioneers would produce. After an agonising wait we finally have the first single from the self-titled debut album which is called “Patagonia” to listen to as a glimpse of what is to come from the album.
At this point I advise for you to please listen to the song before I give you my review:
I’ve listened to this song at least twenty times since it was released and each time I find something new to latch on to. As a song “Patagonia” is the kind of Bliss that Cocteau Twins would release, it has that same kind of float to it and as promised it distances itself musically from what ISIS have previously done. Although it may carry some of the same dynamics it is not a direct continuation of where ISIS left us, it is a brand new direction still soaked in all of that (and I use this term lightly) post-metal goodness. I’d almost go as far to describe the sound of this as a more progressive sounding dream pop sound. My mind is left wondering how this track will flow in terms of the full album and it is hard not to get tangled in all kinds of “what if’s” about how the album itself will play out and considering it is only seven tracks in length we are bound to get something truly progressive and other worldly. I love how this song provides you so much room to relax and escape. I predict it will be the perfect soundtrack for the upcoming winter months and will serve as a reminder of the brilliance of all the members involved.
It is hard to fault any music made by previous members of ISIS or Chino Moreno because from a resonance standpoint they will always make flawless future music. This is a band that deserves its own stand-alone career and I hope for not just my sake but for the whole of human kind that PALMS exist for many more years to come, they are important to helping restore peace to the galaxy.
10 Cassette Tapes out of 10
By: Dan Newton xo