ARTIST:

PALLBEARER

(UNITED STATES)
TITLE:

FORGOTTEN DAYS

(2020)
LABEL:

NUCLEAR BLAST

GENRE:

DOOM

TAGS:
Melancholic
"Of progressive essence, "Forgotten Days" nevertheless remains dug in the rock of a pure and hard Doom, the one who never forgets to have a soul."
CHILDERIC THOR (13.01.2021)  
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Pallbearer is a band that likes to take its time - normal when practicing Doom, you might say. And no doubt they have reason to be stingy, given their growing success. Thus, for the past ten years and four offerings, the Americans have been erecting an ensemble that is as heavy as it should be, but that a form of racy elegance has been able to extract from the mass, justifying the powerful Nuclear Blast's spotting it after two first albums released by the venerable but more modest Profound Lore Records.

In spite of what his name announces, Pallbearer does not perform a truly mortuary Doom, an apathetic expression to which he prefers a more dramatic rather than dull approach, with a style that is more worked out than monotonous. In a word, almost progressive. The more the years pass and the more this luminous sophistication emerges on the surface of compositions from which any trace of joy remains, however, spurned. But, to the grief that mourning, a recurring theme in his work, imposes, the group opposes on the contrary a path bounded by hope, however pale it may be.

"Forgotten days" marks a double confirmation. On the one hand, it assures the domination of the Arkansas combo within the genre and, above all, it testifies to this shift towards an art, technically almost evolutionary, emotionally more saving. Nevertheless, the quartet does not deny a form that is still as raw and rocky as ever, as illustrated by the beginning that gives its name to this fourth opus, carved in a thick bark that is typically Doom but which is not the best track of the opus.

But, gradually, "Forgotten Days" unfolds, exposing its multiple treasures carpeted in the shady folds of its intimacy. Here lies all the ambivalence of Pallbearer who likes to mix abrupt features, as if stuck in a torrent of fuel oil, with an atmospheric grace and set in a heartbreaking majesty. The 'Stasis' with its spatial keyboards, the monumental 'Silver Wings' and its twelve minutes of painful procession, 'Vengeance & Ruination', as rambunctious as it is moving, or the final 'Caledonia', whose sinuous course is more than ever illuminated by the superb organ of Joseph D., are all part of this pointillist menu that will require many listenings to understand its richness.

At first less immediate than its predecessors, this album nevertheless sums up the singularity of its authors, whose hybrid material combines finesse of execution, inexorable affliction and glimmer of hope. Of progressive essence, "Forgotten Days" remains nevertheless dug in the rock of a pure and hard Doom, the one that never forgets to have a soul...


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TRACK LISTING:
01. Forgotten days - 6:29
02. Riverbed - 6:24
03. Stasis - 4:00
04. Silver wings - 12:18
05. The quicksand of existing - 3:59
06. Vengeance & Ruination - 6:53
07. Rite of passage - 4:55
08. Caledonia - 8:00

LINEUP:
Brett Campbell: Chant / Guitares
Devin Holt: Guitares
Joseph D. Rowland: Basse
Mark Lierly: Batterie
   
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