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Pallbearer : D.E.M.O.

Pallbearerís 2010 demo begins with a plodding line from a distorted bass and it only gets bigger from there. Equally fuzzed-out guitars match the riff, harmonies are added, and the drummer punches in to commence a pretty grim take on traditional doom metal.

The sound is big. Epic. The vocals sail. The singerís voice hovers in ghostly reverb above the trudging guitars, and provides some truly haunting melodies. Itís reminiscent of a low-pitched Halford and really adds a dimension of importance and mysteriousness to the band. At times I feel he should avoid straying too far from his natural range, but itís a matter of opinion and not performance. Nothingís bad here. Everything sounds good. Really good. I would buy this. In fact, I canít wait to hear more from Pallbearer and thatís what really matters.

Pallbearer will attract people with this one. The first track, 'The Legend', clocks in at eight minutes and thirty seven seconds and is fucking awesome. The musicianship of the band is really on display on this one. From the layered guitars and atmospheric guitar solos, the bass lines that are heavy on the fuzz, and the drums that pound the shit out of the skins, Pallbearer really hooked me within the first thirty seconds with this huge sound.

'Devoid of Redemption', the second song on the demo, is faster and, in my opinion, the weakest song of the three. Itís not a bad song, itís actually quite good, however on a three-song demo, this one stands out a little bit. The despondent texture of 'The Legend' is sacrificed for a faster and crunchier tone. The vocalist, which really takes Pallbearer to the next level, doesnít shine here. The reverb that gives the singerís voice an ambient vibe throughout the demo seems overbearing here. Also, the distortion on the vocals doesnít come off too well, and at times itís a bit pitchy. I could see people liking this song (myself included) on a full-length because it will blend in better, but on a three-song demo, it simply doesnít mesh.

By the time you get to the third song on Pallbearerís demo, youíve already had seventeen minutes of solid doom, and when 'Gloomy Sunday' begins, you get Pallbearer back in the pocket. Itís slower and heavier. Back to the gloom. The beginning reminds me a little bit of ďDeath in the FamilyĒ by Type-O Negative. The drums slam, and the guitar and bass hit power chords thicker than the oil spilling into the Gulf. The singer wails out the lyrics with immense power and clarity.

These songs are BIGóand with big songs, Pallbearer deserves a big audience.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. The Legend
2. Devoid Of Redemption
3. Gloomy Sunday

Duration : Approx. 23 minutes

Visit the Pallbearer bandpage.

Reviewed on 11-06-2010 by Mark Breckles
Hate Your Guts Records
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