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Pallbearer – Foundations of Burden

PALLBEARER_LOGO

 

Pallbearer, in their own words, “is a metal band from Central Arkansas, formed in 2008 after spending time playing in various bands around the Little Rock underground metal scene. Paying homage to doom metal of old while still looking wholly forward, the band built upon the underground success of their initial demo offering in 2010 and their debut full length “Sorrow and Extinction” was released in February, 2012 to virtually universal critical acclaim. Now the band slowly marches onward to deliver its progressively-tinged beautiful gloom on a global scale.

 

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I have to agree, the band’s début album is excellent, I really loved the music there. In the current year, Pallbearer has released their sophomore “Foundations of Burden” also via Profound Lore Records. Before I actually hear the album, I read many positive reviews, others that are a bit negative, calling their music “pretentious”, something I don’t really agree and I’m really sorry, but I’d like to know how to classify music into pretentious or modest. I really don’t understand how this process works, but, all in all, the words about “Foundations of Burden” encouraged me to listen to the release.

 

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Well, back to the music, as I digressed for quite a long time, here we have a Doom Metal album that has so much intrinsic details that you must pay attention to the music in order to fully enjoy this album, to enrich your experience with “Foundations of Burden”. The album is epic, gloomy and beautiful. The melancholic atmosphere of the album, created by the amazing guitar and bass work is incredible, it simply make you drift away, in a way, reminding me of While Heaven Wept. Of course I should add that the drumming and vocals are also to be highly praised. All works so well in this innovative Doom Metal release. It’s distinct, elegant and exquisite.

 

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As for the production, in charge of Billy Anderson, is amazing, indeed there’s this vintage feel, as described on their label’s website, but, at the same time, it sounds “new”, clean. The man is a genius in his field. So, I finish my thoughts by asking my friends here to support Pallbearer. This is a band that is creating their own path, praising their influences, but being unmistakably authentic and honest.

 

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Take care.

 

Grade: 9,5/10

 

Band: Pallbearer

 

Album: Foundations of Burden (2014)

 

Label: Profound Lore Records

 

Tracklist:

 

1. Worlds Apart

2. Foundations

3. Watcher in the Dark

4. The Ghost I Used to Be

5. Ashes

6. Vanished

 

Pallbearer is:

 

Joseph D. Rowland – Bass

Devin Holt – Guitars

Brett Campbell – Guitars, Vocals

Mark Lierly – Drums

 

Official Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pallbearerdoom

 

Official Website: http://www.pallbearerdoom.com/

November 19, 2014

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