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Palace Of The King - 'Get Right With Your Maker' Album Review
Palace Of The King – Get Right With Your
Every now and then, a band fires a shot
across my boughs, one that I’ve never had the pleasure of hearing before, and
proves to be an absolute delight. This is Palace of the King, with their third
album ‘Get Right With Your Maker’. They are an Aussie band and hail from
Melbourne, they average 100 gigs a year and it shows here. They have also
supported fellow rockers Airbourne.
Not many bands would have the confidence or
balls to open up with a seven minute epic scale song, but POTK have no such
worries. Is pure, unadulterated classic rock – and I am immediately reminded of
a similarity to Scorpion Child – as POTK throw all their musical classic rock
weaponry into ‘I Am The Storm’. It has some great organ and guitar work,
joining Tim Henwood’s great vocals for an aural soundscape, of 70s sounding
rock. On this Henwood even sounds similar to Scorpion Childs Aryn Jonathon
Black. Even the mid section ivory tinkling shows touches of The Doors, giving
it a psychedelic feel.
'It's Been A Long Time Coming' is the second
single from GRWYM, its drenched in nostalgia, with a bit of a Nuff Z’Nuff sound
to vocals. They show that its not a single track sound, and show they have more
strings to their bow on ‘Sold Me Down The River’ which has a 70s funk sound, as
does ‘Dog With A Bone’. Its like being hit with a one-two sucker punch, as the
songs come thick and fast, with not a drop in quality to be seen (or heard),
‘Said The Spider To The Bird’, ‘Move Through The Fire’, and ‘The Serpent’ all
have the hallmarks of band who are as tight as a nut that been tightened with
superglue! Its all pretty damn good as the rhythm section of Travis Dragani and
Anthony Licciardi drive this beast forward. It’s the kind of band and music,
that would sound fucking huge at a live gig. Scrub that, the riff and bass line
on the song Horizon are mega. I could feel it moving my trousers, in a good
way!!! The pacing of the album is excellent, ‘Fly Like An Eagle is short and
sweet, but what they cram into a song under 3 minute is just great,a pounding at your core effort. Finally we
get a POTK showcase with ‘Back On My Feet Again’.Its only 3.46 short, but itstype of song that could easily take up half a
Where’s the other five minutes of song
gone? Bands used to do this quite often, but we actually get a hidden track, a
title track ‘Get Right With Your Maker’, a song that lends to The Black Crowes,
or The Temperance Movement in an acoustic blues style.
The album cover even bears more than a
passing resemblance to Scorpion Childs last album to the point of plagiarism!
If you’re new to them, like me, then you’re
in for a fucking treat. If you’re already a fan, what are you waiting for. For
fans of 70s influenced rock, and the likes of Rival Sons The Black Crowes and
Scorpion Child. As you can tell, what they are doing isn’t exactly new (what
is?), but what they do, they do it so fucking well!!
Rock is meant to be played loud, but none
more than this dirty, and beautiful beast. Crank it up and enjoy!!