Album Review: Palm Reader – Beside The Ones We Love

Beside the Ones We Love by Palm Reader

#aotd is Beside the Ones We Love by Palm Reader. On this album the band play a style of technical hadcore/metalcore which will be familiar to fans of The Dillinger Escape Plan or The Chariot. The technical ability on display in this album is impressive, from the wicked drumming which succeeds in providing a formidable backbone amidst all the chaos, to the ADHD guitar work which constantly switches tempo. At first I was underwhelmed with the mixing on this album as it doesn’t jump out at you like most albums in a similar vein but I’ve grown to appreciate the less explosive sound of this album as it allows the band to properly showcase the more melodic parts of their songs. The vocals on this album are again very much like those found on a TDEP album but are delivered with a staggering amount of passion and intensity, it would be ridiculous not to give the performance some credit. The Achilles Heel of this album is its failure to crawl out of the shadow of its influences. As great as the songs on here are, it really feels like listening to an older TDEP album, albeit not quite as spastic. If you love yourself a bit chaos and wicked technical instrumentation with your hardcore then go give this album a listen because while it might not be doing something particularly new, it pays a fitting homage to its influences.
Rating: 3.5/5

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