Reviewed by Rob on 23 Nov 2001
The Sentinel(1984) and The Nightmoves and The wedge (1986) were always well apreciated by many prog fans the band didn't release much after that.
The 80-s was not really a good Prog-Rock pereode but with Beat the Drum they made a great comeback.
Powerfull energetic, This is one of the best releases of 1999 !!!!
Reviewed by Others on 01 Mar 2002
Pallas well known with the albums 'The Sentinel' and 'The Wedge' which, by many, the rating of 'Classic' earn. With 'Beat The Drum' Pallas made a diverse and powerful album. I don't even know how I can write about each song on this album separately - there are eleven songs here, each very good. On this album are some progressive, melodious rocksongs, like 'Beat the Drum' and 'All or Nothing', but also some really strong prog songs like 'Ghosts' and 'Insomniac'.
The album takes off with the uptempo 'Call To Arms'.
The titletrack has that charactaristic build up sound with the beautiful and powerful voice of Alan Reed, which is so typical for the classic Pallas tracks like 'Crown Of Thorns', 'Sanctuary' or 'Ratracing' to name some.
Graeme's bass is massive presented and, although hard to hear. Not only on the bass but also as singer on 'Fragments Of The Sun' is he presented.
"Beat The Drum' is one of the finest songs, starts easy on keyboards and after a few minutes it turns to an up-tempo song.
'Spirits' and 'Blood & Roses' are beautiful prog ballads. 'Spirits' is fantastic with a Scottish end with bagpipe and ruffling drums. Blood & Roses finished with a fine guitar solo.
This album that strikes you from the first till the last minute. I'm glad to make sure that these days we have bands like Pallas that can broaden the horizons of progressive rock, in the way Pink Floyd did it in the '70s.