Album Reviews

Music You Don't Know You Like Yet

Fathom XIX

Palace Law

2017-11-26

rock clichés. There’s maybe an overabundance of guitar solos and silly machismo, the mixes can leave the album feeling a little sludgy and indistinct, and there’s even a backwards song designed to provoke 1980s mothers to interpretations of Satanist messages. But I for one will always give the benefit of the doubt to bands that sound like they sincerely love rock ‘n roll. Fathom XIX hits these songs properly hard, resembling early Mudhoney more than anyone else. And for an album as focused on symmetry as “Palace Law,” the second half is a substantially more interesting listen than the first. The band mixes up their pacing and becomes less concerned with domineering riffs. I would, however, like for someone to explain to singer Darin Wiltse that when talking about gold, karats are units of purity rather than weight, making the chorus “feel like 24 karats of solid gold” redundant.

Pros: Riffs, velocity.

Cons: Sounds like GRD will be putting them on heavy rotation very soon.

Primest Cuts: “Solid Gold” “Bring Me The World”

review by Kollen

Quick Links:

More reviews tagged #Rock

  • reviewed 03/2013

    PICKWICK
    Can't Talk Medicine

  • reviewed 04/2009

    ERNIE AND THE AUTOMATICS
    LOW EXPECTATIONS

  • reviewed 02/2009

    SARAH BORGES AND THE BROKEN SINGLES
    The Stars Are Out

  • reviewed 06/2006

    Tim Easton
    Ammunition

  • reviewed 07/2009

    WILLIE NILE
    HOUSE OF A THOUSAND GUITARS

  • reviewed 02/2006

    BUCKWHEAT ZYDECO
    100% Fortified Zydeco

Compiled by the WYCE Journalism Club

The opinions expressed in these reviews are those of the individual volunteers that submitted the article and do not necessarily reflect the views of WYCE or GRCMC; nor its staff, donors, or affiliates.