Pallas was discovered on March 28 in 1802 by Heinrich Wilhelm Olbers as second asteroid and named after the Greek goddess Pallas Athene. The discovery happened accidentally when Olbers was locating the afore-discovered first asteroid Ceres. After the discovery of Ceres Olbers just as the other astronomers in due time hasn’t anticipated to find another planet between Mars and Jupiter because they believed to have already found the by the Titius Bode series predicted planet in this solar system’s area. Therefore Olbers held the hypothesis that Ceres and Pallas were fractions of a larger, broken planet.
I don’t know if the eponym of the Scottish Neo Prog band PALLAS was that asteroid or the aforesaid goddess. In the meantime those are celebrating their 30th anniversary and deliver studio album number 6! “The Dreams Of Men” is a concept album about dreams of mankind and contains exactly what the band ever stood for: complex, keyboard loaded Rock music, also called Prog Rock as it couldn’t be more typical for a UK band. Comparable to acts like IQ, JADIS or ARENA with symphonic issues and good song writing. Added with an outstanding vocal effort by Alan Reed, as always, and a rather familiar neat good opus is completed.
Though the material doesn’t reach feats like the legendary “The Sentinal” or “The Wedge”. For that the whole thing is just too predictable and unexciting. Whereas the technical skills became even better, apparently, but I miss something of the former bite… Nevertheless essential for UK Proggies and fans of the band. (Online February 20, 2006)