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Review: Pallbearer - Sorrow and Extinction
Sorrow and Extinction

Label: Profound Lore Records
Year released: 2012
Duration: 48:51
Tracks: 5
Genre: Doom Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: April 18, 2012
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Readers Rating
Sorrow and Extinction

Rated 4.58/5 (91.67%) (12 Votes)

Here we have Pallbearer's mammoth debut on the excellent Profound Lore label. The band have received a lot in the way of good press even outside of metal circles which I've found bizarre especially considering their style. However this is certainly a good thing, and the praise definitely isn't unwarranted.

As far as sound and style goes this reminds me a lot of early While Heaven Wept, we're talking Sorrow of the Angels as well as acts such as Warning and of course nods to Black Sabbath and traditional doom. There are two things that really make this album stand out to me, both of which originally attracted me to the band. The first of which are the brilliant guitar melodies that spring to mind the aforementioned acts such as Warning and WHW. The second is the bass – bloody hell. The bass is fucking massive here, which really adds to the doom factor, humming from the speakers and shaking the earth, the riffs are pretty heavy to begin with, featuring an awesome tone but damn, coupled with the bass; absolute anvil dropping magic.

The production has a lot of character, with the drums sounding excellent, and the vocals sounding like distant cries from the abyss. Of course the guitars and bass sound excellent; do I really need to say anything more on bass and guitar? The vocals themselves are well done, emotional and powerful with some really cool vocal lines to boot. With tracks such as the giant opener "Foreigner" and the heart-wrenching "An Offering of Grief", Pallbearer take us through crushing riffs and snail pacing like nobody's business.

Sorrow and Extinction is a majestic release, and one of the finest doom albums I've heard lately. If I had to pick faults it would be that the material sounds fairly similar across the board, there isn't a lot in the way of variation. Some of the tracks do also run out a little longer than really necessary. However these are relatively minor things as the band's sound is one of quality and they never verge on bad. Quality traditional doom with an almost ballad-esque feel in places, not to mention great use of melody, doom fans are going to want to grab this quick.

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