Pallbearer - Sorrow and Extinction - (96%),
This review is from: Sorrow & Extinction (Audio CD)
In 2011 we had 40 Watt Sun bearing the torch for the monolithic, slow and harrowing melodic doom metal with an album that paid homage to just about every amazing doom band since the genre's conception. This year we have Pallbearer.
After a hugely promising demo they've successfully exceeded the hype with their first full length Sorrow and Extinction - A doom metal album that also references and builds on the music of every slow band that has ever mattered, with a huge sprinkling of their own retrospective charm and an ability to bleed every inch of heaviness out of their instruments.
The vocals are captured incredibly on what sounds like some old ribbon mic, giving it that 50/60's sort of distortion and analogue grainy-ness. Even though the vocalist sings with quite a high register, he sounds consistently confrontational and has an amazing ability to choose melodies that initiate an ecstatic response.
The guitar riffs are somewhere between YOB style chuggathons and Warning-esque single note harmonies, with lots of big pauses and feedback and all that kind of stuff. One of my favourite tracks is actually off the demo, and is called devoid of redemption. The symbiosis between the riffs and vocals in the last half of this song are unimaginably epic.
I return to this album regularly and find myself experiencing it in different ways, and so it's certainly had a real longevity alot of the music I listen to lacks. As far as doom is concerned, I can't see there being a release more grand than this any time soon.