The Perfection of Doom

The Perfection of Doom

Adriana SaboWednesday,27 August 2014

The Snap: 

It seems not so long ago, when metal music was feared as aggressive, dark and considered to be a bad influence on the kids. But time passed and the genre received much more attention and much more acclaim, entering finally into the mainstream. Much changed within the genre at this point, which is why it is particularly refreshing to hear Pallbearer, a new band that draws from the tradition of the classics, such as Black Sabbath (whom they thanked at the end of the credits on their debut album). Pallbearer plays high quality metal music. Brett Campbell (Vocals/Guitar), Devin Holt  (Guitar), Joseph D. Rowland (Bass) and Mark Lierly (Drums) have obviously done their homework, listened to a ton of music and managed to create their own kind of the good, old metal. They debuted with Sorrow and Extinction in 2012, drawing attention to themselves with imaginative guitar riffs, creative lyrics and brilliant vocals. They continued to develop these traits further, releasing another fantastic collection titled Foundations of Burden. 

The Download: 

It would seem that the time has come when anyone can, basically, listen to anything. This doesn’t mean that we’ve lost our taste, or that all music sounds the same, but that, thanks to the magical world wide web, we have the opportunity to listen to all sorts of different music, which, in turn, has made us more sensitive to our differences. This might be one of the reasons more and more people enjoy the music of Pallbearer. The band comes from Arkansas and they have built a name for themselves in the local underground scene, with their demo, issued in 2012, achieving great popularity. The word that probably best describes the music of Foundations of Burden is “massive.” If you listen closely, you will hear a lot of guitars, overdubbed so that you are faced with a wall of sound rising from your speakers. This greatness is enhanced by a strong beat that hits you right in your guts. Special kudos must go to vocalist Brett Campbell, whose voice is perfectly fitted to the sound of doom metal: deep, warm and beautiful, as if coming from the other side.

The album begins with the strong, energetic “Worlds Apart.” It brings a steady beat over which the melody, full of pain, is sung by Campbell. This 10 minute introduction is followed by a slightly faster song, with vocals resembling those of Ozzy Osbourne. “Watchers in the Dark” begins with chilling guitars, heavy, slow and deep. This is one of the rare tracks that introduces virtuosity to the guitar parts, forming a collision between the sluggish base and the flying arpeggios. “The Ghost I Used to Be” is a perfect metal track that even the boys of Black Sabbath would be proud of. The strongest point of the album is precisely the contrast between this track and the following “Ashes” — a sad, deep ballad that will not leave you indifferent.

In the end, there is not much more to be said. Pallbearer is an excellent band and, even if you don’t usually listen to metal music, you should definitely check them out. They are going places.

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