Heartless is an inspired collection that presents Arkansas progressive doom metal quartet Pallbearer's most monumental material to date, offering a complex sonic architecture that weaves together the spacious exploratory elements of classic prog, the raw anthemics of 90's alt-rock, and stretches of black-lit proto-metal. Lyrics about mortality, life, and love are set to sharp melodies and pristine three-part harmonies. As the group explains: "Instead of staring into to the void – both above and within – Heartless concentrates its power on a grim reality. Our lives, our homes and our world are all plumbing the depths of utter darkness, as we seek to find any shred of hope we can."
From the gloriously complex, sky-lit opener "I Saw the End" to the heartbreaking 13-minute closer "A Plea for Understanding," the entire group puts forth the full realization of their vision: More than a doom band, Pallbearer is a rock group with a singular songwriting talent and emotional capacity. Heartless finds the group putting forth their strongest individual efforts to date; vocalist/guitarist Brett Campbell and bassist/vocalist Joseph Rowland, along with guitarist/vocalist Devin Holt and drummer Mark Lierly, turn in peak marathon performances. Both Campbell and Rowland also handle synthesizers alongside their normal duties, and there are plenty of ambient passages and gently strummed acoustic guitars amid the crunchy electric tones, adding a moody, ethereal sparseness that compliment the towering metal that lies at the essence of Heartless.
Tracked in analog at Fellowship Sound Studios in Little Rock and mixed by acclaimed producer Joe Barresi (Tool, Queens Of The Stone Age, Melvins, Soundgarden), and featuring artwork by Michael Lierly.