Palaye Royale – The Bastards

Rating: 5/5
Distributor/label: Sumerian Records
Released: 2020
Buy Album: https://www.palayeroyale.com/
Band Website: https://www.palayeroyale.com/

Band line-up:

Remington Leith – Vocals
Sebastian Danzig – Guitar
Emerson Barrett – Drums
Daniel Curcio – Bass
Andrew Martin – Guitar

Tracklisting:

1. Little Bastards
2. Massacre, The New American Dream
3. Anxiety
4. Tonight is the Night I Die
5. Lonely
6. Hang On To Yourself
7. Fucking With My Head
8. Nervous Breakdown
9. Nightmares
10. Masochist
11. Doom (Empty)
12. Black Sheep
13. Stay
14. Redeemer

Review:

The moment that Palaye Royale fans – The Royal Council has been aching for has finally arrived and third album ‘The Bastards’ is ready to be unleashed. It is a triumph of epic proportions, expertly crafted, it is wonderfully rich, dark and beautiful with a delicious bite!

The band have been teasing the album since last year and to date they have released 6 singles from the 14 track line up, all of which have been received more than enthusiastically, each becoming an instant hit in its own right.

Lyrically this album delves deep into some really personal spaces and opens them up wide. Most notably ‘Lonely’ takes us through a heartbreaking journey with singer Remington Leith; you ache with him as you listen to how he suffered, speaking about the meaning behind the song he says,

“Lonely is about the mental and physical abuse I endured as a child. Growing up, I went through so much shit and at points felt so low I couldn’t see a way out. It has effected me deeply throughout my life but I want the world to know that no matter what you’re going through, if I can make it out on the other side, so can you.”

Being this open is incredibly brave and it is a voice for anyone who has or is suffering the same way, a message of hope.

Anthemic opening track ‘Little Bastards’ whets your appetite fully for what is about to come, there is a sense that we are about to be taken on quite the ride. The song speaks of people not being what they seem to be and there is a real sense of anger and frustration ”Fuck you I don’t even like you, sick of all the fake.”

Its got real grit provided by Remington’s guttural, powerful vocal and some edgy guitar distortions. Their unique creativity had them come up with an animated video for the single when it was released that depicted how we are all currently feeling. Guitarist Sebastian Danzig said of the video,

”Visually we wanted to display our current state which is complete isolation from the world; trapped inside a house but yet the toxic society has found its way inside. We have to ‘band’ together to keep our circle of trust and honesty tight.”

There is so much power in this album, it seeps out of every pore, of every note and it’s totally intoxicating. ‘Massacre, The New American Dream’ addresses the horror of gun violence and the culture surrounding it. It’s a fast-paced, heavy, highly emotionally charged cry for revolution, full of heart-pounding bass and killer drum beats with a breakdown that takes you over completely. The album continues on a darker deeper trajectory with some soul shaking bass lines, heavy drums, raw vocals and killer guitar all meshed together in a track that goes right to your core: ‘Anxiety’ hits home on a personal level for me and I am sure will resonate widely among fans.

It is absolutely astounding the leap that the band have made with this album. We have, of course, had glimpses of what to expect but truly nothing prepared me for this! They have made some extremely clever choices with the songs they have released, not giving too much away and ensuring that when the album is released there is plenty to get your teeth into. I admit that with each single release I was worried that there would not be enough to make it a big moment – oh how wrong I was!! If you are in any doubt be assured – you will be left completely breathless and feeling a whole range of emotions! Every song on the album is brilliant in its own right, and when placed together as an entire concept it works perfectly. Firm favourites such as ‘Hang on to Yourself ‘, ‘Fucking with my Head’ and ‘Nervous Breakdown’, all released last year, help weave it all together and stand their ground amongst the new work; it’s all pieces of the puzzle we had yet to put together.

‘Tonight Is The Night I Die’ is a piece of cinematic brilliance full of the most hauntingly beautiful strings and angelic choirs, Remington’s vocals exploring those softer dynamics intertwined with the familiar guttural rawness we all love.

They round the album off with an incredibly heart wrenching number, ‘Redeemer’. It’s very raw and beautiful in equal measure, yet again Remington Leith’s vocals rip through the very fabric of the music which trips and dances ever so romantically on piano notes and soaring strings. It’s the screen kiss of endings to an album – you are left breathless, heart pounding a little and emotions laid bare.

There isn’t a single moment on the album that isn’t significant and relevant and mind blowing. It’s clear that Palaye Royale are a force to be reckoned with and I for one am completely here for it!! The pure energy and undeniable talent combined is explosive and it feeds the soul.

This is an album to be immensely proud of, I am proud to call myself a fan and I cannot wait to see where they go from here. We may be in isolation and the world may be a strange place right now but it’s moments like this that help us all to feel more connected.

Review by:

Rebecca Bush

Pre-Order the album here – https://www.palayeroyale.com/

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