Label: Rise Records
Released: 22nd July 2022
There’s something intense about Palisades’ new album. ‘Reaching Hypercritical’ is a record with a purpose.
With vocalist/bassist Brandon Elgar stepping up to sole vocal duties following the exit of frontman Lou Miceli, the band’s pandemic evolution is obvious. Wound tight, tracks like ‘Fade Away’ audibly crunch underfoot. If it’s anxiety, fear, a determination to grasp opportunity with both hands or just an attempt to run faster than the tension that hides round every corner, Palisades method of coping is both cathartic and effective.
Hypercritically acclaimed. ■ Dan Harrison