Pallbearer
Foundations of Burden


4.5
superb

Review

by PiedradeLuna USER (37 Reviews)
August 20th, 2014 | 138 replies


Release Date: 08/19/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Improvement without losing essence.

To say expectations were high for the Little Rock natives second LP would be quite an understatement. With one hell of a debut album, they not only garnered but earned the attention and respect of several well regarded and highly thought of publications--this, with the caveat of being a metal band through and through. So with the release of Foundations of Burden, Pallbearer have pushed themselves to improve in almost every facet of their sound without sacrificing any of the heart that gained them such acclaim in the first place.

Foundations of Burden from start to finish is lush and rhythmic. Filled to the brim with crunchy guitar tones, groove-inducing rhythms and a slow yet staggering sense of dynamics in song composition. Everything on Foundations of Burden is bigger than its predecessor, Sorrow and Extinction--the riffs hit harder, the vocals convey more emotion, the bass is thicker and the drums are more bombastic. All this while retaining a genuine feeling and mood, highlighted on several tracks by the implementation of piano provided by Joseph D. Rowland for a gradual but steady build up that lends to the budding sense of ecclesial, even so far as ritualistic atmosphere. Perhaps one of the more cited criticisms of their first album was the vocal delivery of Brent Campbell but on Foundations of Burden, most would agree that Campbell has greatly improved. The cleans are sung with more confidence and pair well when used as harmonies with other band members. "The Ghost I Used To Be" even sees Pallbearer use a more gang shout approach as a homage to some of their influences like Type O Negative. This record continues Pallbearer's use of distinct and varied guitar melodies. When they aren't coming down with full force they are often used to accentuate the interesting arrangements composed by the band. Take opener "Worlds Apart" which employs a somewhat oriental flavor to the melodies and although those may not be firmly rooted in doom metal territory they nonetheless allow Pallbearer to explore different song compositions and stylings without sacrificing the heaviness of said genre.

What becomes notable or at the very least, comes to mind on every track, save for maybe the brilliant, almost exclusively piano driven interlude "Ashes" is that Pallbearer have employed a natural sense of dynamics in each song--meaning that they rise and fall inherently. Nothing is forced on this album. Each track builds on the monstrous riffs and thunderous bass tone to a climax and cathartic release crushing expectations and simultaneously showing a penchant for timelessness. The music plods to the beat of barely a heart palpitation and in the same song the band can erupt into dense, groove oriented heavy metal rhythms excellently demonstrated by closer "Vanished" and in the midst of it all, Pallbearer are never hurried or do they become stagnant. It's that timelessness that bands like Black Sabbath, Candlemass and Pink Floyd (all of which Pallbearer have modeled their sound after) which Foundations of Burden pays respect to. While Sorrow and Extinction may have received all the accolades as an album that proved to the masses that metal was still alive and well in 2012, Foundations of Burden may be that album that in twenty years from now people look back at nostalgically as being essentially what well executed metal sounded like in 2014.



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PiedradeLuna
August 20th 2014


231 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hope I did the album justice. It seriously is a strong contender for album of the year. Criticisms and comments welcomed. Also, the album can be purchased through Profound Lore.

http://profoundlorerecords.bandcamp.com/album/foundations-of-burden

Hawks
August 20th 2014


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sorrow and Extinction rules I need this one.

Hep Kat
August 20th 2014


15364 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ots aight

It's ok~~~_~>>>>>

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WrestlingWalrus
August 20th 2014


1 Comments


Brilliant album. These guys are currently top of the doom metal heap. This album just crushes you from its opening seconds and doesn't let go. My favorite album of the year thus far, along with Misery Index's release.

tempest--
August 20th 2014


14599 Comments


awesome artwork, made it my desktop

eternium
August 20th 2014


16340 Comments


This is stupid good. They definitely topped the debut.

oltnabrick
August 20th 2014


31532 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My favorite metal album this year, no doubt!

Digging: Popol Vuh - Nosferatu

eternium
August 20th 2014


16340 Comments


Eh, Thou still claims that for me.

MoosechriS
August 20th 2014


5062 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Awesome review dude, had this preordered since it was announced. Should hopefully hear it in the next few days at last

Dunpeal
August 20th 2014


3801 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

just wish the transition between track #2 & #3 wasn't so harsh. still beast album though

ashes brings the feels

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emester
August 20th 2014


4372 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Can't wait for my copy on wax to arrive in the mail

Digging: Skelator - King of Fear

MoosechriS
August 20th 2014


5062 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

looks like mine has arrived this morning, but i was out so now have to wait till tomorrow to go and collect it from the post office shit!

emester
August 20th 2014


4372 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"awesome artwork, made it my desktop"

Its been mine for about a week already lloyd

Asmodeuss1990
August 20th 2014


207 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album rules.

Emyay
August 20th 2014


6010 Comments


sweet. finally a place to talk about this

lalchimiste
August 20th 2014


257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

good review. pos

DikkoZinner
August 20th 2014


3392 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

On my "get list"

CaptainDooRight
August 20th 2014


30334 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

fath


PiedradeLuna
August 20th 2014


231 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks guys for thinking it was well written. I agree with most that the artwork is sick and also with Dunpeal that the transition between the second and third tracks could have been a bit smoother but nonetheless the album brings emotion with a solid punch.

Emyay
August 20th 2014


6010 Comments


i still need to listen more. liking what i've been hearing so far though




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