CD review PALLBEARER ‘Forgotten Days’

Snail-pace and giant power can go together very well. Doom metal experts Pallbearer furnish evidence for this fusionwith delivering extremely good heavy metal. Three years after ‘Heartless’ broke through the surface of metal, the quartet delivers with their newest output an eight songs featuring longplayer that reflects Pallbearer with 100% but shows a few deviations.

Pallbearer these days focus on the essence of their interpretation of doom metal. While ‘Heartless’ showcased more complexity, the new longplayer has more of a down-to-earth approach. Groove and hooks play an important role on the new album, manifested in songs like ‘Stasis’ and ‘The Quicksand of Existing’.

The core of the album though sits literally in the middle of the track-listing. ‘Silver Wings’ is a mammoth song with 12 minutes running time. The song starts atmospheric. It’s a melancholic vibe that’s rolled-out, something ‘Silver Wings’ has in common with the rest of the material on ‘Forgotten Days’. All kept in a slo-mo pace that song has some calm and fragile moments as well as the harsh riffs break through. The track is a beauty that blossoms in gloom and wistfulness. As the entire album, also this epos isn’t a happy-swinging metal hymn. It’s a deep glimpse into the sad parts of the human soul, musically reflected by the contrast of the clean and organic vocals being in contrast to the down-tuned guitars and the slow-mo riffpower.

The music and the lyrical concept harmonize. ‘Forgotten Days’ has the overarching topic of ‘family’ as a base for each of the eight tracks on the album. But instead of having a big family party, the band builds their lyrics on the flipside, which is ‘loss’ in all its shades.

‘Forgotten Days’ is an intense longplayer that doesn’t cater for a need of background music. There is too much substance weaved into each of the songs. These tunes need focus and time to unfold the embedded fascination. The reward will be a music that touches, performd by a band that impresses.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

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 

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Doom Metal

Release Date EU: October 23rd, 2020

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