This Little Rock quintet is at the forefront of a new breed of metal bands, which are equally adept at emoting melancholia and beauty through their sound. On new album Foundations of Burden, Pallbearer infuses the slow-tempo doom-metal blueprint with dashes of psychedelia and beautiful guitar harmonies. The overall subject matter is still suitably depressing, but catharsis is attained thanks to wonderfully crafted, harmonized vocals from guitarist Brett Campbell and bassist Joseph D. Rowland. Campbell’s guitar work combines with that of second guitarist Devin Holt to create a chilling atmosphere similar to early efforts from Euro-doom greats such as Paradise Lost. Haunting solos with clean tones mix with crunchy riffs for a listening experience that is uplifting even when the band is trudging through its darkest moments.
Fri., Dec. 5, 8 p.m., 2014
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