Pallbearer (band)

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Pallbearer performing in 2015
Pallbearer performing in 2015
Background information
OriginLittle Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
GenresDoom metal
Years active2008–present
MembersBrett Campbell
Devin Holt
Joseph D. Rowland
Mark Lierly

Pallbearer is an American doom metal band from Little Rock, Arkansas, formed in 2008.


Pallbearer was formed in 2008 in Little Rock, Arkansas by Brett Campbell and Joseph D. Rowland. The two met as students at the University of Central Arkansas and were previously in an experimental project, called Sports. After adding Devin Holt on second guitar and a drummer, Pallbearer recorded and self-released a three-song demo in 2010. The group was signed by Profound Lore Records in 2011. Pallbearer's first full length Sorrow and Extinction was released in 2012, earning immediate critical success. Sorrow and Extinction was awarded Best New Music status by Pitchfork[1] and was cited amongst the best albums of the year by Spin and NPR.[2][3] The line up was solidified by the addition of Mark Lierly (drums) after the recording of the debut LP. Pallbearer's 2014 album, Foundations of Burden was recorded and produced by Billy Anderson at Type Foundry Studio in Portland, Oregon. The album was awarded Best New Music status by Pitchfork.[4] The album topped Decibel magazine's Album of the Year list.

In the summer of 2016, the band returned to Little Rock to record their third full-length, Heartless, at Fellowship Hall Sound studios. The mix was done by Joe Berresi. The official video for the opening track, "I Saw the End," was released in March 2017, along with the album. Heartless debuted at #187 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart in the U.S. and #42 on the Billboard Top Current Albums chart. It ranks on Stereogum's 50 Best Albums of 2017 So Far.[5] Heartless marked the band moving away from their traditional metal and doom roots, with the album demonstrating grunge, classic rock, and prog influences such as The Smashing Pumpkins, Camel, Pink Floyd, Kansas, and Brian Eno. PopMatters, in reviewing the album, wrote "Pallbearer reaches universality previously hit by artists like the Beatles on Abbey Road or Pink Floyd at their most explorative."[6] In October 2017, the band was featured in The New York Times Magazine in an essay by cultural critic David Rees.[7] Acknowledging the band's expanding appeal and sonic horizons, Rees described Pallbearer as "one of the most resonant emotional campaigns in American rock music." They were awarded the 2017 Metal Hammer Golden God award for Best Underground Band. Thrillist also named Pallbearer the best band from Arkansas in their Best Bands From Every State rankings.[8]


  • Brett Campbell – lead vocals, guitar, synthesizer (2008–present)
  • Joseph D. Rowland – bass, backing vocals, electric and acoustic piano, synthesizer (2008–present)
  • Devin Holt – guitar, backing vocals (2008–present)
  • Mark Lierly – drums (2012–present)
  • David Dobbs – drums (2008–2009)
  • Zach Stine – drums (2009–2011)
  • Chuck Schaaf – drums (2011–2012)


Studio albums[edit]


  • 2010 Demo (2010)
  • Fear and Fury (2016)


  • "Fear and Fury" (2015)
  • "Dropout" (2018)
  • "Atlantis" (2019)


  1. ^ "Pallbearer". Pitchfork. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  2. ^ "NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums Of 2012". 22 December 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Pallbearer – Sorrow and Extinction (Profound Lore) – SPIN's 20 Best Metal Albums of 2012". SPIN. 12 December 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Pallbearer". Pitchfork. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Best Albums Of 2017 So Far List". 6 June 2017. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  6. ^ PopMatters, Pallbearer Heartless Album Review, Mar. 22, 2017
  7. ^ Rees, David (19 October 2017). "Letter of Recommendation: Pallbearer". Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  8. ^ Schneck, Dan Jackson, Anthony (18 October 2017). "The Best Band From Every State". Retrieved 20 December 2017.

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