Pallbearer – Foundations Of Burden (2014)

September 5, 2014
Pallbearer – Foundations Of Burden (2014)

You probably don’t need me to tell you that the new Pallbearer record is heavy as fuck, but FYI – it’s heavy as fuck. Doom metal is a grossly saturated scene these days, making stand-out records is becoming something of a challenge. I’ve personally given up on loads of underground doom because I literally just can’t be fucked to sift through all the shit, which is a tragedy. When I took the chance with streaming the new Pallbearer though, the pitch-black candle of doom metal was re-lit inside my heart. Yeah.

The most interesting thing about Foundations Of Burden is not only the fact that it is much more upbeat that it’s predecessor, it’s the paradoxical balance of sounds that the band are producing here. Somehow, despite being crushingly heavy in every way a doom metal record should be, it is also progressively melodic and bright. Long tracks don’t drag, they grow and progress naturally. Echoic guitar solos somehow do not sound out of place whilst shining over muddy doom chords. I sense a lot of diSEMBOWELMENT influence here, but with the clarity and skill to render aching melody simultaneously with modern doom stereotypes.

To round off, this is a momentous doom record, living up to the sheer epicness that Pallbearer displayed on their last record. Out on Profound Lore Records.

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