With a name like “metal,” you’d expect the heavy music genre to be a bit rigid and stubborn, and in some ways it is, but bands like Pallbearer prove that metal’s edges can be, and perhaps should be, malleable.
Pallbearer’s latest album, Heartless, the band’s third full-length for Profound Lore Records, was three years in the making, and it’s clear that the time was put to good use. Heartless is as intensely technical as it is beautifully ethereal. Songs such as “Thorns” combine searing riffs with an almost airy sense of melodicism, tempering the sharp, meticulously precise edges of Pallbearer’s musicianship with a relatable feeling of anguish. According to the band’s bassist and vocalist Joseph D. Rowland, Heartless finds the band accomplishing some of the goals it set out from its inception.
When: 9 p.m., Saturday, July 27
Where: Harlow’s, 2708 J Street
Cost: $16 pre sale – $18 day of show