From the ashes of Isis comes Palms, it’s a bit of a Velvet Revolver/Audioslave story I guess, three quarters of this new band, Palms, comes from Isis, the vocalist for this new group is Deftones’ Chino Moreno.
But you know what, it’s actually the reverse of Audioslave and Velvet Revolver in a sense too – because with both of those bands, for all their faults (and repetition across albums) it was the lead singers that owned the show. With Palms, the debut, self-titled album it’s the music that does the talking – so much so that whilst it’s never ghastly to hear Moreno the songs become, well, compromised for his involvement.
Hints of the Isis feel and sound of dreamy ambient metal and textural instrumental music – so far so good, right? And then another trite lyric and the soundscape is suddenly shot to pieces, peeking through the bullet holes is just another alt-rock screamer ruining great song-intros. Moreno plays to the mellower side of Deftones here, for the most part, and one or two of the songs almost work even with his singing but this band is at its best when we’re reminded of the power and beauty of what Isis did best.
I don’t dislike this record – in fact there’s a lot I love about it. And I like it enough to stick with it and let the vocal parts grow, but for the most part I think the songs would have been stronger sans vocals.