It is 2014, and on August 19th, two years on from the release of their seminal debut LP Sorrow and Extinction, Pallbearer
will unleash the most powerful and engaging chapter in their story thus far; Foundations of Burden an auditory exploration
that is sure to command even more acclaim for these Arkansas natives. Each song carries a weight of melancholic devastation
that sees Pallbearer forging its own brilliantly desolate path through the realm of heavy metal, crafting music that
seeks to balance itself at the very threshold of an unforgiving void. Produced and mixed by Billy Anderson (Sleep, etc) in
Portland, OR in the late winter of this year, the album evokes a sonic consciousness of melody coiled tightly around the surge
of doom metal at its most relentlessly formidable
Initially formed in 2008, by Joseph D. Rowland (bass) and Brett Campbell (vocals/guitars), Pallbearer grew from the fertile
underground metal scene of Little Rock, Arkansas. A year later, joined by guitarist Devin Holt and (since departed) drummer
Zach Stine, the four members quickly recorded the bands first demo. These three tracks garnered well-deserved attention,
with critics and fans taking notice of what could only be described as a wholly singular sound from the promising band.
Pallbearers debut full-length Sorrow and Extinction was released in early 2012. At just under fifty minutes, the albums
five tracks capitalized on the primal clout of the bands demo, but here the songs were freed from reliance on volume
as the music wavered beautifully between subdued introspection and towering aural force. Released by the well-respected Canadian
underground label, Profound Lore, Sorrow and Extinction instantly made waves among listeners and critics who found Pallbearers
compositional paradox of vulnerability and might unparalleled in a metal world replete with imitators.
Hailed by Rolling Stone as the #1 metal album of 2012, the album also received the coveted Best New Music stamp
of approval from Pitchfork as well as being cited as one of the years best albums by outlets such as Spin and NPR. Sorrow
and Extinction proved to be an unequivocal masterpiece in any genre of music and, most importantly, compelled Pallbearer to
reach even further creatively for what would come next. 2012 would also see the addition of drummer Mark Lierly, adding further
depth to the already immense and mercurial sound the band had pioneered.
Rather than settle themselves in the convenient safety of listener expectation, Pallbearer delve even deeper into melodic
contexts for Foundations of Burden, with Rowland now adding his own impressive vocalizations to the sonic texture. This new
vocal dynamic brings an authentically visceral component to Pallbearers music that, while giving credence to their metal
foundations, adds a new and compelling dimension to music which has long since proved itself to be inexorably captivating.