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The production on this is excellent. As vocalist Brett Campbell seems as if he's singing from a distance, while the guitars, bass and drums are in the forefront. This may not seem like an important quality, but when you hear this, you'll hear what I mean. This entire record is soaked in reverb which adds even more to the sound. All of these band members play their instruments exceedingly well. I remember a while back hearing their 3-song demo, and thinking, I can't wait to hear their initial full-length. Well, here it is. And it's every thing I expected and hoped for. Pallbearer is certainly a band to pay attention to now and in the future.
I've heard many 2012 records so far, and I know it's very early in the year. But, as of this moment, Sorrow and Extinction is the album of the year for me. If you appreciate Traditional Doom this is one of the easiest buying desicions you'll make this year. Press buy now.....................
I've been careful not to overplay it, but as far as I've heard Sorrow & Extinction just gets better.
If you like Doom, you simply have to check this out.
Pallbearer's Sorrow and Extinction is one of the finest metal albums I have heard in some time. I tend to think a lot of metal is gaudy and overdone, but this is refined and to-the-point, never wasting a note or filling time with worthless growling. What really sets this album apart is the great tone that Pallbearer has found - wonderfully crunchy guitar, beautiful drumming, and a great use of ensemble to bring you an album that is surprisingly "heavy" in tone, but is never rushed. In fact, they lumber through most of the album, in such a way it's almost a slow groove. Highly recommend
Now we travel to Little Rock, Arkansas. That's right. Little Rock, right smack dab in the middle of Arkansas, which boasts a bunch of musical icons who were born here (I'm from Arkansas) and made the big-time, most notably Glen Campbell and the irrepressible Johnny Cash, the man in black himself. Fortunately there is a very healthy local rock scene in Little Rock and upstate in Fayetteville, home of the University of Arkansas. There's much more than corn pone country and folk music going on. If bands like Rwake and Pallbearer continue to garner attention and release superb albums, Little Rock could gain a new reputation as a doom city, much in the vein of Tampa being the death metal capital. Pallbearer are one of the best doom bands out there, and this debut is fantastic.
What sets "Sorrow and Extinction" apart from the other bands is the vocals of Brett Alexander, who sings in a beautifully clear voice, adding a much appreciated element to the guitars that sound like they were recorded at the La Brea tarpits. With this combination, the music becomes more than just morbidly slow tempos and run of the mill riffage. They take on a real sense of sadness and melancholy that manages to be as beautiful at times as it is heavy. And make no mistake: this album is as heavy as doom can get. But as in its final track, we see possibly the most melodic moments that have ever been recorded in this genre. I expect this band to grow exponentially, and look forward to what they can do next time around. One of the front runners for 2012's album of the year.
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A great Doom metal album! If you're a Doom fan you probably already own this but on the off chance that you don't I cannot recommend this enough. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Eric Wagner
Great price fast shipping. Awesome doom metal band if you haven't heard them pick it up.Published 6 months ago by Nicholas Adamski
Pallbearer is a fantastic band and so is this album. Lots of others have written extensive reviews so I won't go into a long thing here. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kevin Farrell
i love these guys! if you like dark brooding "doom" style rock/metal these guys are at the top for sure. Read morePublished 16 months ago by casey burpee
It's hard to believe this is their first album. They have definitely found their sound and their voice right away. It feels like it's been honed and crafted for years. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Up2Eleven