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Neo-Prog, Symphonic Rock, Krautrock, Also a fan of other genres of music
Pallas first rose to prominence as part of the progressive rock revival of the early 1980s, alongside contemporaries Marillion. After releasing their first, self-financed, live album, Arrive Alive, Pallas signed to EMI's Harvest Records. Their first studio album, The Sentinel, was an ambitious concept piece which used the myths of Atlantis as a parable of the then still-extant cold war. Shortly after release, however, the band parted company with singer Euan Lowson. He was quickly replaced by Alan Reed, from Glasgow band Abel Ganz.
This line-up recorded The Knightmoves EP (1985), and The Wedge LP (1986) before falling out with EMI and going their own way. A third studio album Voices in the Dark was underway, but the band essentially went into hibernation at the end of the 80s.
Re-releases of the EMI material in the early 90s… provided renewed impetus and after various putative attempts the band resurfaced with 1998's Beat the Drum album, this time with Colin Fraser replacing original drummer, Derek Forman. Signing to specialist progressive rock label Inside Out, the band gained a new lease of life playing across Europe and further afield.
2001's The Cross and The Crucible was a distillation of all the band had learned so far, and is regarded as perhaps the band's most cohesive work. A live DVD/CD The Blinding Darkness followed in 2003. The band's fifth studio album, The Dreams of Men, surfaced in 2005; a harder-edged development on the maturing sound of 'The Cross...'. Another concert DVD, Moment to Moment, this time featuring many tracks from early in the band's career, appeared in 2008.
A steady schedule of archive releases has appeared in parallel with the band's main releases. The River Sessions 1 and 2 covered two different eras of the bands live performances, and the DVD Live from London - taken from a 1985 concert for TV - caught them just before recording 'The Wedge'.
A new album - variously described as a sequel or 're-imagining' of 'The Sentinel' - is due shortly
Influences or Favorite Bands
Rush, Yes, Deep Purple, KC and the Sunshine Band, Rolf Harris (the jazz years)
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Hi guys, long time no see (or is this Banksy on your behalf?); thanks for joining my Eloy group. Seeing as the Sentinel is reproduced below this message I'll remind you of who I am, should you not know. I was actually present with you all at the American remix of the album at some Goldhawk Rd Studio in London back innnnnn must have been 84? I came to audition and failed miserably but you can find some music of the band I formed the following year - Relay - on my page and see what you missed out on, lol! O what could have been eh?! Still, congratulations to the new singer and I look forward to hearing him, by all accounts I hear he's pretty good...See if you recognise me from this taken around that time:
It's wonderful to hear some of your great music here on your page in fact I am featuring your track Ghostdancers on the home page. One of my favorite tracks. But don't ask me to pick a specific favorite as you have way to many wonderful songs and albums.