Self-titled and debut album Palms is another foray into the realms of alternative music for Deftones frontman Chino Moreno, expect this time, with three fifths of American post-metal band, Isis. When Isis was no more, Jeff Caxide, Aaron Harris and Bryant Clifford Meyer wanted to continue making music together. Chino soon joined the band, openly praising the work of Isis and admitting he’d like to bring the two creative forces together.
Considering Chino Moreno is a well-established and recognised name in our world of music, the first thing people are likely to do is to begin making comparisons between Deftones and Palms, which is something I wanted to avoid and to be perfectly honest, it’s hard not to.
Moreno knows exactly what he’s good at and sticks to it, and why shouldn’t he? If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. The Deftones vocalist sonically displays his trademark blend of soothing tones mixed with twisted and pained screams. Comparing Palms to Deftones only goes so far as there’s a stronger progressive influence on this album with an out of space, more relaxing ambiance to this album. Excluding sections of Mission Sunset, Palms is barren of heavy, bouncy tunes such as Swerve City from Koi No Yokan. Third track on the album, Mission Sunset, is the highlight of the album and really encapsulates what the album is about. With the longest track length on the CD, Mission Sunset ascends and descends through moods and sounds from tranquil moments to heavier guitar driven sections and a variety of vocals from both ends of the spectrum.
Palms is an interesting first outing for the band, albeit, similar to Deftones but the album is not at a loss for it. A solid effort with some intriguing, inspiring and floaty, out of body moments, that will please Deftones fans and many alike.