Palace Of The King - 'Valles Marineris' Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     January 09, 2017    
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Surely it's only a matter of time before Palace Of The King becomes Rock royalty.

Having played over three hundred shows in three years, it's no surprise that Aussie Rock 'n' Rollers Palace Of The King are a smooth, slick, well-oiled machine. Formed in late 2012, the sextet have racked up two EPs and a full-length debut and somehow found the time to unleash album number two, 'Valles Marineris'. This is a band doing it the old way – if they're not in the studio, they're on the road, and on the few occasions they're not on the road, well, you guessed it, they're in the studio. In a day of projects galore, the real, true bands show their worth and with '...Marineris' it's worth its weight in gold.

Scooping up the groove, vibe and atmosphere of the Rock Gods (Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple (the MK-III vintage)) and scattering it liberally on the new crop of Rival Sons, The Temperance Movement or even Jack White and Royal Blood, what POTK achieve is quite mesmerising. There's no doubt that I should be telling you that there isn't an original idea packed anywhere into this band's skin tight jeans or cool but coiffured beards, and yet POTK, while looking vintage, manage to surprise through the fresh vibrancy hidden in its nooks and crannies.

Crank up 'River Of Fire' and a rush of organ comes crashing over you, the reverberating bass (which is set for stun throughout) and booming vocals screaming contemporary retro. Believe me, you'll be screaming along too. Vocalist Tim Henwood is the sharp point, his tones as rich and full as a farmer's sacks come harvest time and I doubt he's coy when it's time to sow those seeds, his voice dripping with seduction and suggestion, his androgynous delivery often having you questioning whether it is a hip shaking gent or a sassy sister you're listening to – although the (I'm surmising) female backing vocals on 'Black Cloud' are sublime.

If your heart resides in the Classic era of Rock, yet you're still looking for something that isn't purely satisfied with living on others' past glories, then 'Valles Marineris' won't disappoint. Surely it's only a matter of time before Palace Of The King becomes Rock royalty.

Steven Reid

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