Pallbearer - Heartless
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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 to less dominating vocals and a rock-oriented sound that focused on guitars. A lot of the songs had a similar style to progresive rock of the 1970's, with different distortion pedals used and drum techniques becoming more complex.
Heartless is not at all an unexpected album from the band; in fact I can almost completely say that this is what I expected them to do, and with that, I am very satisfied.

fav tracks: Dancing in Madness (standout), A Plea for Understanding
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