Pallbearer Bassist Talks About ‘Heartless’ Album Artwork
In the clip above, Pallbearer bassist Joe Rowland talks about the artwork that appears on the doom metallers upcoming album, Heartless, out March 24th via Nuclear Blast Records. The artwork features a beautifully emotive oil painting by Michael Lierly. Heartless was recorded entirely on analog tape at Fellowship Hall Sound in Little Rock, AR this past summer and then mixed by Joe Barresi (QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, TOOL, MELVINS, SOUNDGARDEN). Order on Nuclear Blast
1. I Saw the End
3. Lie of Survival
4. Dancing in Madness
5. Cruel Road
7. A Plea for Understanding
Pallbearer emerged from Little Rock, Arkansas in 2012 with a stunning debut full-length, Sorrow And Extinction. The record, which played like a seamless 49-minute doom movement, melded pitch-perfect vintage sounds with a triumphant modern sensibility that made songs about death and loss feel joyfully ecstatic.
For their 2014 follow-up, Foundations Of Burden, the band worked with legendary Bay Area producer Billy Anderson (SLEEP, SWANS, NEUROSIS) for an expansive album that was musically tighter and especially adventurous. Armed with a more technical drummer, Mark Lierly, Foundations feels like it was built for larger shared spaces – you could imagine these songs ringing off the walls of a stadium. It was a hint of things to come. While the debut earned the band a “Best New Music” nod from Pitchfork and rightly landed the band on year-end lists at places like SPIN and NPR, along with the usual metal publications, Foundations Of Burden charted on the Billboard Top 100 and earned the “Band Album Of The Year” from Decibel and spots on year-end lists for NPR and Rolling Stone.
Returning to where it all began, the quartet recorded their third full-length, Heartless on their own in Arkansas, and it’s grander in scope, showcasing a natural progression that melds higher technicality and more ambitious structures with their most immediate hooks to date.
On January 27th, 2017 the band posted ‘Thorns’, the first single from ‘Heartless’ (listen below).