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  • Vinyl (August 19, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Profound Lore
  • ASIN: B00LC4HQX2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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In the short time that they ve been a band, Little Rock, Arkansas Pallbearer have set a new standard for modern-day doom metal. The band s debut full-length, 2012 s Sorrow and Extinction, made a massive impact not only in the metal scene, but crossed over to wider audiences in the mainstream as well, landing on numerous Best of 2012 lists and garnering acclaim from Pitchfork, Decibel, Spin, Rolling Stone, Stereogum and Entertainment Weekly (to name just a few). Pallbearer followed the release by touring with the likes of St. Vitus, Boris and Enslaved, and performing at Roadburn, Hellfest, Maryland Death Fest, Scion Rockfest, Fun Fun Fun and Hopscotch. With their sophomore full-length, the band has taken it to the next level, unleashing a followup even more glorious than its predecessor. If Sorrow and Extinction left its mark on the metal scene, Foundations of Burden will be the stuff of legend. Captured by legendary producer Billy Anderson (Agalloch, Sleep, Neurosis, The Melvins etc.) at Type Foundry Studios in Portland, Oregon, the unparalleled album is an epic sonic landscape of triumphant proportions destined to solidify Pallbearer s standing as one of the most important metal bands today.

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Great new doom metal band and awesome album !
chris wolford
The songs are well written and arranged, the production is perfect--super clear and full but without being too slick.
Sean Bird
I've been in love with this album since I first heard it.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Scott Rosenbluth on August 19, 2014
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The leaves change colors and start to die. Shadows grow longer as the source of life furthers itself from us. The air becomes thinner, as does the light, and warmth is replaced by cold. Fall. Autumn. The graying of the world. Such an eerie and gorgeous proposition. The season that is the most manic reveals a key to us. Dramatic change breeds emotional response. Nothing in life is as dramatic as death, the ultimate changing of seasons. Pallbearer invite you to see the heartbreak in the loss of yourself. Anger that gives way to grief. Sorrow that gives way to depression. Malaise that ultimately gives way to joy. And the divine beauty of the whole experience. More musically adept than it's predecessor "Sorrow and Extinction", with broader canyons of sound, deeper and richer production, and more versatility in the riffs, "Foundations of Burden" is the modern doom epic that it should be. Moods and textures overlap and bring much heavier walls of sound to intertwine with silken vocal harmonies. At one point a song will sound morose, but given time, it transmogrifies into something hopeful and uplifting. Hopeful. That's the word. Maybe there's something better around the bend. Change is frightening but also exhilarating.
Even death can have hope.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Scott Hedegard on August 26, 2014
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There used to be a myth among rock acts about the sophomore jinx after a band's debut was wildly successful and then failed to measure up to expectations but think of some of the second albums out there in history: The Jimi Hendrix Experience's "Axis: Bold As Love", "Led Zeppelin II", Black Sabbath's "Paranoid", Judas Priest's "Sad Wings of Destiny", Motorhead's "Overkill" and Metallica's "Ride The Lightning." That's a very short list, but certainly indicates that bands worth their salt needn't worry about the jinx.
In the case of Pallbearer, "Foundations of Burden" is an absolutely brilliant stunning album, one that shows that "Sorrow and Extinction", their now legendary debut was just a hint of things to come. So incredible is this album that the very rules of doom will have to be revisited, and unfortunately we may be swamped with copy cats. In the meantime, the production is the first thing that grabs you. Brighter and tighter, it brings the vocals and harmonies up, adding the touch of humanity as lead vocalist and guitarist Brett Campbell sings beautifully and soulfully. Yes the guitars are still downtuned, but are so much more at the service of the songwriting! This is the type of album that will no doubt be hailed as one of the best ever doom albums and will be a serious contender for album of the year by most metal magazines and web sites.
Perhaps only the late great Cathedral is the only good comparison, although that band owed its sounds as much to classic metal as doom. This album I predict will be huge. Doomsters, bow down to Little Rock, Arkansas, for the country's best doom comes from here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By NATHAN B MONTELEONE on August 25, 2014
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Excellent follow-up to their previous album Sorrow and Extinction with more complex and varied songs. Interestingly, the most satisfying tracks are loaded toward the latter half of the album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By .jefferson gene ash on September 4, 2014
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vocals sound like old fates warning music is a sound familiar to mournfull creation awesome doom for the eternally sad and misanthropic loners like myself
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sean Bird on October 5, 2014
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I stumbled across their first album a year ago and have been eagerly awaiting this one. As much as I love it...their first album really feels more like a collection of demos compared to this album. This is the real band coming to life. I feel like Pallbearer is doing to Doom Metal what Deafheaven has done for Black Metal--they've managed to push the genre forward beyond cliches, while still managing to stay true to the essential elements of the genre...and they both manage to maybe even bring in people to listen who might not otherwise listen to this type of music.

The songs are well written and arranged, the production is perfect--super clear and full but without being too slick. The only disappointment I have is that usually Amazon includes a free mp3 of the vinyl records I buy and this one did not. So I lack a digital copy at this point. However, the album is so good I'll probably download it on iTunes very soon. It's that good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NM156 on December 5, 2014
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I am one of those people who do not care about genres / sub genres. If the music is well made & executed I have no complaints. This may not be an album for everyone, actually..I had never heard of this band before till I read an article where it is named the # 1 extreme metal album of 2014, So I decided to check it out on youtube, you should do that before you decide to buy it or not. To me it is a mix of Black Sabbath, Candlemas, Opeth (recent albums) & Fates Warning. Yes it is slow, there are no breakdowns / tempo changes, no brutality, growls. It is a very well executed musical journey, after one listen I had to buy it. Will be getting a lot of playtime on my ipod
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Quaker on December 6, 2014
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2nd album from band out of Little Rock, Arkansas is a smooth & ultra-heavy glacial-paced doom metal ride on gargantuan, grave-rattling coffin-chords. The band has a full, stadium-shaking roar and sledgehammer chug that’s powered by dual guitars, keyboards, booming thunder-drums and Ozzy-like vocals—which deliver messages of fantasy, death & gloom. “Foundations of Burden” is a growling, soaring rumble that rises from Hell on wings what will cradle, crush & caress your dying spirit with the almighty power of massive metal sludge rock. Recalls bands like Black Sabbath, Cathedral, Candlemass, Paradise Lost.
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