Pallbearer "2010 demo" CDPosted on Monday, January 17th, 2011 @ 7:02am » permalink
This impressive demo from Little Rock, AR's Pallbearer sees the band unload three lengthy tracks of doom metal in the classic sense – clocking in for a total of more than 23 minutes. For the most part the approach is a consistent one that seems driven by influences from innovators like Black Sabbath by way of later staples such as Trouble, so expect loads of moderately slow-paced riffing and lightly distorted pulses of bass with a handful of lead melodies and great monotone singing (That's right, folks: No growls!) with little hints of reverb floating overhead for added effect. The recording suits the material just fine, with natural percussive tones and an ultra thick guitar sound that's heavy and aggressive without trying too hard, allowing the eerie wail of the vocals to rise to the forefront just a bit. I'd like to hear the basslines given a hint more presence during the core moments where said perfectly textured guitars are running the show, but it's not a problem. I love how the band is able to achieve a droning, hypnotic sort of feel without relying on any of the trappings of that more contemporary "drone" style of doom. They don't play overly slow or let huge power chords sustain and decay forever, they don't use oppressive low-end to generate literal ambient drones, etc. It's just good, solid, to the point doom metal with strong songwriting and a great atmosphere. Awesome.
The band has been gracious enough to make the entire demo available for free download as well:
Physical copies of the demo are limited to 120 pieces, so pick one up while you still can, and definitely keep an eye out for the band's forthcoming full-length on Shadow Kingdom Records…