Swiss band Palmer have a rather basic, non descriptive name. But don’t be fooled. “Surrounding The Void” is powerful, epic release that combines Neurosis like post metal with an ambient, jazz vibe that gives the album depth and dichotomy. There’s a lot here to take in, assuming you can handle it.
Other bands that come to mind are two of my favorites: Cult of Luna and ISIS. This is not to say that Palmer ever copy either, or Neurosis for that matter. However, the opener, “Home is Where I Lead You” is very much in the vein of those bands when it comes to power and brutality. “Misery” is aptly named and I like that “Divergent” does just that toward the end of the track.
But where the band really separates themselves are the ethereal instrumentals like “Artein.” This track comes at the right time of the album and showcases the band’s melodic side and sense of atmosphere. “Digital Individual” has a killer riff and feels a bit Tool-like musically, another great track. “Fate_Hope” is another VERY atmospheric track. The spoken vocal part actually don’t bother me either (normally I am not a fan of that style). The album closes with a great combo. “Rising” is a brutal epic, while “Implosion” brings the listener safely back to reality.
Palmer have something interesting to offer as they combine the post metal riffage of Cult of Luna and Neurosis but really expand on the atmospheric side of that style. “Surrounding the Void” is an album that has a lot going on. I love that I’ve heard more things each time that I’ve listened to it, and I plan on listening more and more!
1. Home Is Where I Lead You
5. Digital Individual