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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the doom metal band was produced by Billy Anderson.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Aug 28, 2014
    A master class in School of Iommi doom metal.
  2. 90
    As long as their attention spans can accommodate the extremely lengthy tunes, any fan of heavy music would do well to pick up Foundations of Burden. Highly recommended.
  3. Aug 21, 2014
    The dolorous gloom of Foundations of Burden should be oppressive, but Pallbearer turns pain into beauty.
  4. 80
    [A] fantastic sophomore effort.
  5. Sep 16, 2014
    This is perversely life-affirming stuff, translating misery into triumph once again. [23 Aug 2014, p.54]
  6. Aug 20, 2014
    Foundations showcases the development in the band’s songwriting skills.
  7. Aug 15, 2014
    Foundations of Burden is special, there’s little question of that, but the precocious virtuosity of the performance doesn’t change the fact that the material is far from challenging.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Aug 19, 2014
    Foundations of Burden, gives me a feeling of cataclysm inside of me, it has a magnificent power to do that and that's the perfect reason for make it a masterpiece. Their sophomore goes further in the death themes, solitude and even darkness, this blessing epic record has capacity for being emotional and for feel it in our blood and veins . With Foundations they're finding their real sound, it's doom metal as it finest and is finest as a beautiful , powerful, groundbreaking masterwork. Expand
  2. Sep 4, 2014
    A good metal album. It has powerful segments with a heavy sense of doom, while also providing us with more quiet pieces here and there.

    used to be a big fan of metal, but I guess I fell out of love with it over the years. I don't hate the genre; just not as enthusiastic as I used to be about it. So while this album is great on the craftsmanship side, I didn't find myself emotionally moved by it in any significant way.

    So it's a good listen for a little while, I suppose. But nothing groundbreaking, and I probably won't remembering it by the end of the year.

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