Reviewed by Plamen on 03 Sep 2002
Arrive Alive - the debut CD of the legendary highlanders, have a strange fate. Initially it has appeared on a cassette in a limited circulation but very soon is re-issued on a cassette and EP. Every successive issues are with new and changed contents but the Pallas fans had to wait almost 20 years to have the chance to possess Arrive Alive on CD. But it is obvious that the patience is a good virtue because after the return of the group in 1999 the label InsideOut decided to re-issue that EP including there some unreleased tracks by that time.
So, instead of a standard EP you can have a CD with playing time of 74 minutes. But the length is not so important. More important are the magnificent contents of this project. In there you can find some true Prog-rock masterpieces. These are the live epics – Five To Four, Queen Of The Deep and The Ripper (the great favorite of that time). There practically Pallas are representing all the benefits of the Progressive Rock of the 70s – sophisticated compositions with many passages intelligently balanced around a single theme. Specially great attention deserves Crown of Thorns in which deliberately or not you cam hear the introduction of Carpet Crawlers by Genesis, as well as the simple ballad Paris Is Burning with its magnetizing refrain.
For a debut Arrive Alive is more than impressive. Let’s recall that the music is written and recorded by the band in small clubs many years before the fame arrived with their album The Sentinel in 1984. The quality of the record is also good having in mind what were the source tapes. Definitely Arrive Alive is earning the deserved high position in the Pallas works.
Reviewed by Eric on 31 Jan 2004
Most progressive fans should be familiar with Pallas, if not for the music of this fine band then
the name itself which is always associated with Marillion, IQ and the
‘neo’ progressive scene. However, I always felt Pallas were just a little bit different from the rest of
the pack, despite trying very hard to catch up to Marillion’s huge imprint in the
early 80’s. If you listen close to this album you can definitely hear elements of 'post
punk' (Joy Division, Wire) in the way the group approach the material
and in the sound itself. Within a space of five minutes Pallas could move from pure
symphonic prog to aggressive rock with relative ease. Now this is not to say Arrive
Alive is not a ‘prog’ album in the traditional sense as I can pick out snippets of
Genesis and Pink Floyd throughout, but compared to their major label
follow-up The Sentinel with it’s Eddy Offord production and lush symphonies,
Arrive Alive is a fresh and creative work that still holds up today. Yes, The Sentinel was good, but I prefer this album for it's raw energy. Classic.