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Pallbearer: Forgotten Days

Unpredicted experiences lead to the most distinctly superior things, certainly in the deific case of Arkansas’ majestic Doom Metal clan; meticulously well-known by the unlighted and melancholy name of Pallbearer. Mercilessly conducting a brand new valiant and aspiring fourth effort whilst welcoming the woeful congregation to the dismaying Forgotten Days, the un-illuminated four-piece shrewdly attain a milestone in their career; distributing a bewildering and pioneering composition into the extensive eyes of god’s widespread society.

Reigning forth with the initiating and approachable identically-titled championing ‘Forgotten Days’, this offering gets the ground running and the captivating catchiness delivers in all aspects; the gnawing melody, the haunting vocals and the palpitating rhythms undeniably will take you into the undisclosed auditoriums of pitch-black dramatics to ingeniously run shivers up the pinnacle points of the spine. Nevertheless, the whims of the hotseat do not come to a sudden halt here as the sophomore exert “Riverbed” taken from this divergent offering indulges deeper into the progressive terrain and asphyxiated with an evocative aura; exploring the affable heart of what this accomplished elite and candid act becomes unquestionably capable of as a presiding and authoritative musical force.

Supplementary culminations that are necessities to visit on the way from this accomplished opus, come in the form of the chunkily-riffed combination of the emotively endearing Ghost-esque ‘The Quicksand of Existing’ and the obscurely groovily-oppressed ‘Vengeance & Ruination’; bewitching their bewildering transition right through to the morbidly-challenging ‘Rites of Passage’; suffocated with a wickedly-distinctive melodious lead from guitarist Devin Holt to awaken the ancient graves of the lost and the fallen.

With all the praise and positivity to express through the melancholy laments of this remarkably-inventive record, there a few minor aspects that do unfortunately do not have the long-lasting drastic affects that the other six noteworthy tracks entail. The intensifying expansions of the progressively-minded ‘Silver Wings’ wanders off uncontrollably in the misty fogs in the distance; losing touch of the extravagant features and gift-defining characteristics levelled out within the depths of the days of the forgotten, along with the concluding episode in the arrangement of the nearly eight minute ‘Caledonia’ of this mellifluously-surrounded portfolio that markedly seems a bit forced.

All-inclusively, if Progressive Doom Metal makes the projecting barbs of the hair stand up on the back of your neck then this is a conquering prize-winner for gloom-ridden fanatics of this particular shadowy and dismally-coloured genre. The longer the duration spent and the time invested into Pallbearer’s Forgotten Days - the more and more it will elegantly spurt out like a maturely-discomforting crown of thorns; resulting in Little Rock’s cavalry greatest and most proficient outing to date.


Tracklist:

  1. Forgotten Days
  2. Riverbed
  3. Stasis
  4. Silver Wings
  5. The Quicksand of Existing
  6. Vengeance & Ruination
  7. Rite of Passage
  8. Caledonia

Added: November 14th 2020
Reviewer: James Mannion
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Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 240
Language: english

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