Foundations of Burden

Pallbearer - Foundations of Burden
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2014 Ratings: #34 / 845
User Score
Based on 85 ratings
2014 Ratings: #106
August 19, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Profound Lore / Label
Doom Metal, Metal / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
A.V. Club

That the band took it upon themselves to subtly yet profoundly revamp—and exquisitely humanize—doom is just part of the reason why Foundations Of Burden is such a brave record. The other is the fact that it’s quite simply moving, the sounds of dislocated souls finding a voice at last.

90
Exclaim!

Foundations of Burden has chosen to hone in on those moments of hope and illumination, in an effort that is even more emotionally ambitious an undertaking, and all the more wounding for its beauty.

86
Pitchfork

This is an ambitious record that doesn't feel at all over-worked or stale, and while Sorrow and Extinction holds up beautifully two years later, Foundations is the stronger collection to the point that Sorrow almost comes across as demos for this new material.

82
Paste

Not only is the album consistently hooky, the melodies carry a greater sense of function, with the flaring guitars highlighting whichever feeling Campbell is conveying at the time.

80
The Line of Best Fit

The Little Rock quartet do doom metal better than just about anyone else in the genre. They mix the crushing, cold-storage riffage of stoner metal with the psychedelic interludes of, well, classic Mastodon.

80
AllMusic

Requisite darkness is all over Foundations of Burden, but it isn't the only shade of emotion here. There's the hint of a glimmer in each song that other doom bands can't conceive, let alone get to. 

80
musicOMH

If they continue to write songs of this statue in the future then Pallbearer could well be doom metal’s light at the end of the tunnel.

70
PopMatters

As a sophomore album, it does everything it needs to do to keep Pallbearer’s status as being elites in their genre.

60
Tiny Mix Tapes

Foundations of Burden is special, there’s little question of that, but the precocious virtuosity of the performance doesn’t change the fact that the material is far from challenging.

60
The Needle Drop

Pallbearer's latest full-length draw out a lot of the same sounds and themes that played through the band's debut album.

exception
97
damn so i guess im one of the few who feels this strongly about this LP but it really blew me away. as far as metal goes, i havent listened to that much of it. im a huge fan of metallica, and i really doubt that any other metal band will make as large of an impact on me as they did. but god damn is this an incredible album. i didnt think anything would come close to master of puppets, but this is just a bit better. the vocals were dreary and had a depressed tone, they were very well ... read more
SeaBass
80
I love how epic this album feels, the space and time given to the melody and the meat of the music. It's an album full of weight and beauty.

Tracks: Worlds Apart, The Ghost I Used To Be
Lovdahl
79
Enjoyable modern doom metal, but frankly, I find this album to be overrated.
NR
It's too much of the same old stuff, but this time less heavy
Daredevil
83
Ne pas s'arrêter a l'étiquette "Doom", cet album est, musicalement, une pure merveille de composition.
Magnifique !
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MISC LISTS

#3/PopMatters (Metal)

Track List

  1. Worlds Apart
  2. Foundations
  3. Watcher In The Dark
  4. The Ghost I Used To Be
  5. Ashes
  6. Vanished
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