AOTY 2020

Forgotten Days

Pallbearer - Forgotten Days
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2020 Ratings: #181 / 769
User Score
Based on 37 ratings
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Consequence of Sound

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

90
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.

80
Classic Rock
Their fourth album takes yet more detours, but without ever losing sight of the path.
80
Kerrang!
This is the sound of a genre being refreshed, and of a band making it entirely their own.
80
AllMusic

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.

70
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.

60
Exclaim!
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.
thiefofprose
50
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.

The most interesting thing ... read more
matteo
60
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
NTTR
65
Pallbearer - Forgotten Days

Genre: Doom Metal
Country: US

Final Verdict: 65% (Good Album)
Yearly Ranking: 294th / 1038

Highlight: Silver WIngs

Made me think of:
YOB
My Dying Bride
Paradise Lost
Electric Wizard
76
Pallbearer’s latest shows the band going back to the crunchier, heavier direction of their first two albums. Which, for me, is right where I wanted to hear them. Once again, they seem like the band that’s going to walk Doom Metal into the future. There are some hiccups, and some directionless moments, and they aren’t back to their peak just yet. But, they’re getting there!

Give A Listen To: “Riverbed”, “Stasis”, “The Quicksand of ... read more
65
To the level of debut (and demo) where they played trad doom, they will probably never reach again. On Forgotten Days we get doom metal, on which bases you can stll hear traditional elements, but it is too polished, I'd say even 'cheese' that it doesn't do good. On the other hand, I like that kind of music so a couple of tracks were fine as a background music.

https://pallbearer.bandcamp.com/album/forgotten-days
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Year End Lists

#19/Decibel
#26/Consequence of Sound

Track List

  1. Forgotten Days
  2. Riverbed
  3. Stasis
  4. Silver Wings
  5. The Quicksand of Existing
  6. Vengeance & Ruination
  7. Rite of Passage
  8. Caledonia
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Added on: July 10, 2020