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Gone days are eternal in memories

October 29, 2020
Pallbearer - Forgotten Days

All of this considered, the Pallbearer - Forgotten Days album starts with the title track and reveals itself to its audience in storybook fashion, with a clearly marked introduction and conclusion, though what occurs in between is a bit less obviously defined. The opening segments of this album’s title song is defined largely by the ambient noise of amplifiers feeding back and droning deep bass noise, though once the song finds its groove it quickly turns into a sludgy yet catchy anthem of regret, and proves to be the most symmetrically structured offering of the bunch. The employment of stacked vocal harmonies at certain points of this album proves an effective contrast point, and offers another level of structural safeness that is then countered by episodes of chaotic, noise-driven guitar noise that might otherwise pass for a conventional solo.
Other offerings such as Riverbed and Vengeance & Ruination are of a similar scope, but offer up a more exaggerated degree of emotional contrast, with the latter being especially heavy and menacing. While the aforementioned songs are notably expansive in character, they prove to be the middle of the proverbial road. On the shorter side of the spectrum is a tuneful, lead guitar driven ode to fatalism drenched in a dense atmosphere dubbed Stasis, which along with the more bottom-heavy, groovy romp The Quicksand Of Existing displays this band veering closer to a traditional doom sound, occasionally touched up with some harmonized guitar passages reminiscent of an early glam metal influence.
In contrast, the slow-trudging journey through a kaleidoscope of sorrowful sounds and long epic Silver Wings sees this fold moving a bit closer to their extended jamming roots, though with a more disciplined sense of development. The Rite Of Passage and next Caledonia song provides a sort of resigned epilogue to this tale of woeful reminiscence, and despite being about as aggressive as the preceding songs has more of a ballad quality to its extended denouement disposition.