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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.
Even death can have hope.
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.Read more ›
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Most of the best-of lists for 2014 I'm reading have this at number one, and I think in an ordinary year it probably is. This is epic, monumental doom of the highest quality. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Maura
I had heard Sorrow and Extincton a while back. Hated it. Still a terrible record in my opinion. This second full length got rave reviews in 2014, so I figured I'd give it an honest... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Parola138
Easily one of the best bands out now and this record proves it! Pallbearer is purely and simply incredible! Doom metal at its finest! Hell, music in general at its finest. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ghosty