Pallbearer -- Heartless


★★☆☆ Not quite as compelling or driven as their previous brand of doom metal, this album shows the band seeming to be more content wallowing in the moments they’re creating. Compared to the delicate tightrope act of “Foundations Of Burden,” here the band bring in their ambitious arms, and are tripped up a bit by their own gravity, like a spinning top turning a bit too slowly to keep itself upright.

Pallbearer -- Foundations of Burden

PallbearerFoundations of Burden

★★★☆ It’s not often that a doom metal band show any sign of progressive leanings, but that’s definitely the case on this album. You definitely get the elegiac heft of a proper doom work, but at the same time you can hear an empowered directionality to the band’s wanderings, making Pallbearer sound more like Isis or Sleep than Crowbar.