AOTY 2021

Forgotten Days

Pallbearer - Forgotten Days
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2020 Ratings: #202 / 821
User Score
Based on 63 ratings
2020 Ratings: #677
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Consequence of Sound

Forgotten Days is arguably the best doom metal album of 2020 and an impressive label debut.

Metal Hammer

Forgotten Days captures a band not only at the top of their game but also genre. Pallbearer are building a legacy where misery doesn’t just love company – it’s compulsory.

Classic Rock
Their fourth album takes yet more detours, but without ever losing sight of the path.
This is the sound of a genre being refreshed, and of a band making it entirely their own.

Forgotten Days is the album that will likely unite all Pallbearer fans. Its return-to-roots aesthetic is planted in a physical base that carries the band's dark, progressive doom into a new era.

Northern Transmissions

Forgotten Days is a consistently strong record that shows Pallbearer at the height of their powers. While the band is certainly not reinventing themselves, they have shown with this release that they are a force to be reckoned with in the metal scene.

The album begins strong and familiar, but the epic doom metal odyssey that was to be expected quickly turns into a brooding, meandering walk to nowhere.
Ooooooooof - this is a huge step backwards for Pallbearer in my opinion.

They have taken their signature sound and stripped it back into something very bland and very derivative. Passable, but there's no spice! Especially in the second half of the album, it just starts to feel like a huge drag. I'm thinking the high ratings from a lot of the critics are based upon the clout of the band alone because this is just extremely forgettable and not worth revisiting.

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Favorite Tracks: Silver Wings, Forgotten Days, The Quicksand of Existing
Pallbearer have one of the best discographies of any 2010s metal act, but Forgotten Days lands in an unhappy middle ground between the band's original doom metal style and it's melodic rock flirtations. Except for the title track and "Rite of Passage," this isn't catchy enough to work as radio rock. But neither is it intense enough to work as metal. The gut punch dynamics of "Heartless," the despondent atmosphere of "Sorrow & Extinction," and the masterful ... read more
Forgotten Days is chock full of doom and emotion, but following up an acclaimed record like Heartless is a pretty tall order. I'd recommend giving "Silver Wings" a listen for sure, but much of the rest of this feels too melodramatic for my taste.
I’ve been a fan of Arkansa-based doom metal band Pallbearer since their 2014 sophomore effort Foundations of Burden because not only did they produce a powerful monolithic force, but also showed off melodic elements that lead to believe they have a broad range of influences. Their newest album and fourth overall Forgotten Days, once again delivers on both fronts with the powerful opener “Forgotten Days” giving off crunchy riffs over a sludgy base and “Vengeance & ... read more
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Added on: July 10, 2020