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Sorrow & Extinction

4.8 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews

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2012 release from the Metal upstarts. Never before has a band generated such a huge buzz on the strength of a single demo release. With only a three-song self-released cassette to their name, Little Rock, Arkansas's Pallbearer have risen through the ranks of the Doom Metal scene with unprecedented speed. The group's sound recalls classic traditional Heavy Metal, taking cues not only from legendary Doom bands like Candlemass, Trouble and Warning, but also from '70s Prog and Hard Rock.
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  • Audio CD (February 21, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Profound Lore
  • ASIN: B006GSRIMS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,838 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is an absolutely captivating album, and even more impressive as it's a debut! Pallbearer create old-fashioned doom, with incredible vocals. The songs are LONG, but the riffs, the power, the beauty, all amazing. And singer Brett Campbell is a classic metal singer, no growling, all clean and powerful. And he is recorded as if his voice is struggling to be heard above the music, which is incredibly fitting and adds a unique dimension to this band. If you like doom, old school metal, or are just looking for an amazing new heavy music band to dig your teeth into...Pallbearer!
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Along with the godly, "Deathhammer" by Asphyx, this is thusfar the best heavy metal album of 2012. Every idea birthed and executed from about 1970 to 2012 in the vein of classic gargantuan crushing is represented here. Like "Nucleus" by Dawnbringer, there are elements of every one of the last four decades of heavy music represented on this album, yet there is nothing "retro" or throwback about this record at all. Completely unstuck in time, completely timeless. A Glorious Burden, indeed.
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Many doom bands try and correlate, vision, to pull on one's thoughts and to create emotion. Well, really all music that is good is required to promote these things. That is what I believe anyway. Pallbearer, is able to make the listener feel sorrow and hope with this particular album. The point is most bands can not do this. Pallbearer does this, and this is only their debut.
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.....................
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Epic yet intimate, heavy yet subtle, riff-driven yet not repetitious. Long, slow songs that build gradually to peaks of sonic power and emotional intensity. Steady inventiveness keeps the songs changing and growing. Doom often features a focus on a central riff that dominates the song and, even if it is excellent, it can be hammered on for so long that it loses power. Here, a strong riff might be played only a few times before the tune moves on to the next passage, with the result that this disc, though built upon heavy riffs, stands up well to repeated listenings and full-on headphones immersion.
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.
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I'll say this up front - metal is not the primary genre of music I listen to. Don't get me wrong, this isn't my first foray into the genre, but I also don't wake up blasting Meshuggah. So, with that in mind

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
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Doomsters have long sung the praises of various sludge-o-matic doom bands like Black Sabbath, the granddaddy of doom, Candlemass, perhaps Triptykon and definitely Electric Wizard. With tempos and ridiculously downtuned guitars, doom has filled the emotional space where despair, longing, and mythology love to hang out.
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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