Pallbearer - Heartless
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2017 Ratings: #70 / 669
User Score
Based on 82 ratings
2017 Ratings: #155
Your Review



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.

The 405

While the biggest standout moments on Heartless are when Pallbearer are at their most towering and melodic, their impact is only so great because of how they are balanced by the album’s heavier spots.

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.

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.


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.

Over seven songs that run nearly an hour, Pallbearer reveal more confidence and sophistication than anyone could have expected.
The Needle Drop

Little Rock doom outfit Pallbearer returns with more bite and an even greater prog influence on their third album Heartless, their most varied and epic effort yet.


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.

Mar 25, 2017
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
Feb 6, 2018
This is some good ass damn doom metal record.
Aug 18, 2017
This album is just massive. Great, big, monumental riffs, modern concept, inclusive approach, great melodies, atmosphere of doom, yet open to an everyday listener. Pallbearer probably recorded not only one of the best, satisfying, comprehensible metal albums of the year, but in recent memory.

I wouldn’t be surprised, if Heartless eventually was granted a spot among my all-time favorites of modern metal like Mastodon’s Crack the Skye or Baroness’s Blue. Or maybe become my ... read more
Mar 14, 2017*
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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Added on: January 4, 2017