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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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  • Audio CD (August 19, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Profound Lore
  • ASIN: B00LC4HOMK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,575 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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Back in the day, before iTunes ruined music, I would discover new bands by visiting these places that sold music called record stores. The staff would typically post their weekly album picks: and every record store had its resident metal head. You would know him if you saw him: the long untamed hair, the denim jacket with Iron Maiden patches, the only guy you knew who had tattoo sleeves, the cheap aviator sunglasses, and for whatever reason, he never had a full name, just initials. I will call him CJ. So Friday nights, I would go to the local record store and listen to CJ's picks on REAL headphones connected to REAL stereo equipment. Now don't get me wrong, CJ picked a lot of crap, but every once in a while there was that magical moment of discovering a new band. Sadly, I've not experienced that moment in a long time. But the other day, I was on the bus, and I encountered a CJ. I will forgive this CJ for listening to an iPhone, but I could clearly hear the crunchy riffs emanating from his REAL headphones. What are you listening to, I asked....and as CJ turned towards me, clouds covered the city in darkness, a flash of lightening shattered the tranquil afternoon sky, and a choir of angels answered in unison...Pallbearer.

I don't typically listen to many doom metal bands because:
1. I need to understand what the lead singer is saying: no guttural grunting or incoherent screaming allowed
2. Alternatively, no nasally high pitched whining
3. If you are going to write a 10 minute song, take me on a journey. I expect significant shifts in tempo and mood, unified by an underlying theme. Don't just link together a bunch of unrelated chord progressions that don't stand on their own and call it a song.
4. If you can't replicate the song live, it doesn't exist.
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