- Heartless

Pallbearer - Heartless
CRITIC SCORE
77
Based on 7 reviews
2017 Rank: #71 / 227
USER SCORE
76
Based on
47 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
PopMatters

This music feels like it’s actively on a search for something and in this way, Pallbearer reaches universality previously hit by artists like the Beatles on Abbey Road or Pink Floyd at their most explorative.

83
Consequence of Sound

If Pallbearer feels the eyes of the metal world upon it, it does a damn good job not showing a lick of sweat. Heartless continues the successes of Sorrow and Extinction and Foundations of Burden, while also incorporating familiar but tasteful sonic flourishes from adjacent genres.

83
A.V. Club

In many ways, Heartless feels like Pallbearer’s prog album, turning down the distortion and allowing itself to wander within the confines of doom.

80
Exclaim!

Heartless presents a broader repertoire of tones and hospitality for melody than the quartet's previous two albums, bridging these various dynamic fluctuations with crushing, palm-muted riffs.

80
AllMusic
Over seven songs that run nearly an hour, Pallbearer reveal more confidence and sophistication than anyone could have expected.
60
Pitchfork

Pallbearer should be commended for making it this far with their sound, but Heartless, their third record, shows that they have run up against their limits.

exception
84
Pallbearer's near perfect Foundations of Burden is what really got me into doom metal. The band made the heavy guitars and stretched out song lengths accessible to me, and made me appreciate the technical abilities that are necessary to truly pull off a successful album. On Heartless, Pallbearer moved further out of doom metal, and into the realms of progressive and post rock.
Instead of dreary and depressive vocals over classic sludgy instrumentation, the band made a very tasteful transition ... read more
matteo
88
I have been to the mountaintop.

"Heartless" is a heavy and - contrary to its name - heartfelt rock album for the ages. Pallbearer have crafted their finest album yet, a timeless sounding record of spacious, psychedelic metal propelled by sky-scraping guitar leads and thrilling vocal harmonies. Pallbearer are known as a doom metal band, but if "Foundations of Burden" found them playing to the limits of the genre, then "Heartless" is where they vault over the wall ... read more
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DETAILS

March 24, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Profound Lore / Label
Doom Metal / Genres
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Track List
  1. I Saw the End
  2. Thorns
  3. Lie of Survival
  4. Dancing in Madness
  5. Cruel Road
  6. Heartless
  7. A Plea for Understanding
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Added on: January 4, 2017