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Latest Pallbearer News

Below is our complete Pallbearer news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Farmageddon Reveals Full 2015 Details

Western Canada's loudest open air metal festival Farmageddon has unleashed the schedule and lineup of 40+ bands for this year's roster, which includes Grim Reaper, American bands Pallbearer and Incantation, plus Canadians Into Eternity and Archspire along with many support bands from Western Canada.

The third annual festival is set to take place in Ryley, AB (80 KM East of Edmonton) from June 11th - 14th. Details are as follows: More...

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Farmageddon Reveals 2015 Lineup

Western Canada's loudest open air metal festival Farmageddon is proud to announce this year's line up for its third annual edition in Ryley, AB (80 KM East of Edmonton) from June 11th - 14th. Farmageddon Open Air organizer Tyson Travnik comments:

"I can't express enough, just how excited we are to present this year's lineup. We truly feel that Farmageddon is being recognized for the international and Canadian talent fans get to experience during an intimate setting while in Alberta's back hills. We focus hard on bringing people's favorite bands to the festival that very rarely make an appearance in Western Canada, and I feel that we've hit the nail on the head for 2015."

This year's line up features headliners Grim Reaper from the UK, American bands Pallbearer and Incantation plus Canadians Into Eternity and Archspire, along with many support bands from Western Canada.

For more info, please visit this location. The line up has shaped up as: More...

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Pallbearer Adds New Tour Dates, Streaming Track

Following the Decibel Magzine tour, Pallbearer has announced a string of upcoming European dates this Spring. Full dates can be seen below.

A Pallbearer track called “Fear And Fury” has also just been released. It will appear on the upcoming Decibel Magazine flexi issue, and can be heard in the SoundCloud clip after the tour dates.

03/20 – Fayetteville, AR @ Lightbulb Club
03/23 – Hot Springs, AR @ Valley of the Vapors

(Decibel magazine tour w/At The Gates, Converge, Vallenfyre)
03/27 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
03/28 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
03/29 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
03/30 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
03/31 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox At The Market
04/02 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
04/03 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
04/04 – Lincoln, NE @ Burbon Theatre
04/05 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
04/06 – Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
04/08 – Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix
04/09 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
04/10 – Boston, MA @ Royale
04/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
04/12 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
05/15 – 17 – Santa Ana, CA @ Psycho California More...

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Psycho California Announces 2015 Lineup

Psycho California has announced the headliners for this year’s event: Cult of Luna (May 15th), Sleep (May 16th) and Pentagram, who will perform "First Daze Here" in its entirety (May 17th).

"2015 is going to be a slow year for Cult of Luna. However as much as we are musicians we are also fans,” said Cult of Luna’s Johannes Persson. “Evaluating if the offer to play Psycho California was worth dusting off our instruments was not hard after looking on the line-up. Being on the same bill as Pentagram, Sleep and a festival packed with the best bands around is a privilege in itself and we’ll try to live up to that honor."

The lineup for Psycho California is: Sleep, Pentagram, Cult of Lune, Kylesa, OM, Earth, Russian Circles, Bedemon, Conan, Wrench, Eyehategod, Indian, Earthless, Pallbearer, Stoned Jesus, Old Man Gloom, Cave In, Acid Witch, Truckfighters, Tombs, Bang, Electric Citizen, Coffinworm, SubRosa, Eagle Twin, Mammatus, True Widow, Anciients, Bellwitch, Dead Meadow, Lord Dying, Death By Stereo, Radio Moscow, Ancient Altar, Samsara Blues Experiment, Atriarch, Elder, Mothership, The Well, Deathkings, Wo Fat, Rozamov, Destroyer of Light, Highlands, Bloodmoon, Slow Season, Goatsnake, Crypt Trip, Wrench, Lords of Beacon House, Tumbleweed Dealer, Sinister Haze, Blackout, Red Wizard, Banquet and Loom.

Festival interludes will be provided by Housecore Records’ artist Author & Punisher and vinyl DJ set from Bob Lugowe (Relapse Records) and Sean Pellet (Last Daze Here).

Previously announced early bird tickets sold out immediately. Tickets for the festival are on-sale this morning with both a 3-day pass ($149.50) and a 3-day VIP pass available ($256.66)

VIP packages include a 3-day festival pass, a signed screen print concert poster by David D’Andrea, express entry via artist check-in booth, access to artist VIP lounge, a limited edition Thief X Obey festival tee, a Psycho record bag and patch as well as access to a complimentary craft tequila bar, premium microbrews and artisan snacks. More...

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Pallbearer Joins Decibel Magazine Tour

If you thought the fourth annual Decibel tour lineup was already unbearably intense, you may not be able to cope with this news: Joining the likes of living legends At the Gates and Converge and death/doom supergroup Vallenfyre will be none other than Pallbearer.

The Little Rock quartet expanded the horizons of doom with sophomore outing "Foundations of Burden," and will add to the tour's most diverse lineup yet. Catch the show on these dates:

Friday, March 27-- Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
Saturday, March 28 -- San Francisco, CA The Regency Ballroom
Sunday, March 29 -- Portland, OR Roseland Theater
Monday, March 30 -- Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
Tuesday, March 31 -- Seattle, WA Showbox at the Market
Thursday, April 2 -- Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
Friday, April 3 -- Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
Saturday, April 4 -- Lincoln, NE Bourbon Theatre
Sunday, April 5 -- Minneapolis, MN Mill City Nights
Monday, April 6 -- Chicago, IL House of Blues
Wednesday, April 8 -- Toronto, ON The Phoenix
Thursday, April 9 -- Montreal, QC Metropolis
Friday, April 10 -- Boston, MA Royale
Saturday, April 11 -- Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
Sunday, April 12 -- New York, NY Webster Hall More...

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Anciients To Play Psycho California Festival

Vancouver's Anciients just announced a West Coast appearance as part of next year's Psycho California Festival.

Now in its third year, the Psycho California Festival (formerly Psycho de Mayo) encompasses 54 bands across two stages, live art collaborations and more. The 2015 edition runs March 15th - 17th, and sees Anciients perform alongside Russian Circles, Pallbearer, label-mates Kylesa, Om, Orange Goblin, Cave In, and many more.

Anciients recently finished the tour cycle for debut album, "Heart of Oak," and are deep in the process of writing material for a new album. The as-yet untitled album will be released in late 2015 by Season of Mist. More...

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Fun Fun Fun Fest Day 1: Judas Priest

Transmission Entertainment delivered its ninth installment of the Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas. Four stages offered a variety of sounds from Hip-Hop and Electronic (Blue Stage), to Indie Rock (Orange Stage), Comedy (Yellow Stage) and Rock (Black Stage). Additional shows were held at clubs around the city as part of the FFF Nites. A ring was set up to watch wrestling. Next to the ring was a skate ramp for Pro BMX bikes and pro skaters. Games such as bean-bag tosses and Shiner bottle cap checkers were also in place. A movie screen besides the stage was a new addition that made viewing each band much easier, especially for shorter fans. Bean bags and rut sacks were located around trees so one could lay in the shade on a soft object. More...

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Desertfest Confirms New Bands

Belgium's Desertfest, set to take place in Antwerp this coming October, has checked in with the following update about confirming new names:

"How about some new names to start the weekend right? Joining us on October 10-12th will be Karma To Burn, Valley of the Sun, Lecherous Gaze and The Picturebooks! To find out what day each band is playing, take a look at our line up page!"

The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Desertfest Announces More Band Confirmations

The Belgian Desertfest organizers have checked in with the following update about confirming new bands for the 2014 bill:

"We are so excited to announce the latest set of bands to grace the bill of Desertfest Belgium! Get ready for Fu Manchu, Jex Thoth, The Shrine, Dirty Fences, and David Celia! Check them out from October 10th - 12th at Trix, Antwerp!

"That being said, get ready to dig into your pockets, on July 15th day passes will be on sale. The day by day program will be announced on that day as well!

"Those traveling from abroad, there's still some tickets left with accommodation at Tulip Inn Antwerp!"

Further details can be found at the festival's official Facebook profile here. More...

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Vattnet Viskar Gearing Up For Summer/Fall Tour

After completing several North American tours with the likes of Dillinger Escape Plan, King Parrot, and many others, New Hampshire's Vattnet Viskar is ready to get back on the road this month for an East Coast run with Silver Snakes, followed by a more extensive trek with Pallbearer and Tombs this Fall.

Vattnet Viskar is currently working on the follow-up to debut full-length, "Sky Swallower." Check out a music video from the album below, and see the band live on these dates:

w/Silver Snakes
July 16 - Toledo, OH - The Ottawa Tavern
July 17 - Chicago, IL - Livewire Lounge
July 18 - Cleveland, OH - Now Thats Class
July 19 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
July 20 - Pittsburgh, PA - Smiling Moose
July 21 - Brooklyn, NY - The Acheron
July 22 - Baltimore, MD - Sidebar
July 23 - Richmond, VA - The Camel More...

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Pallbearer Announces Album Info

Pallbearer's new album "Foundations of Burden" is set to drop on August 19th via Profound Lore Records.

Pre-orders for the album are now online and can be found at this location. You can stream new song "The Ghost I Used To Be" below, and the full track listing is as follows:

1. Worlds Apart
2. Foundations
3. Watcher In The Dark
4. The Ghost I Used To Be
5. Ashes
6. Vanished

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Pallbearer Announces Shows With Yob

Following the release of new album “Foundations Of Burden,” Pallbearer will be heading to Europe with Yob for an epic European tour. The dates for this monolithic tour of doom are as follows:

09/03 – Utrecht, NL @ Tivoli De Helling
09/04 – Bristol, UK @ The Fleece
09/05 – Manchester, UK @ Roadhouse
09/06 – Glasgow, UK @ Audio
09/07 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
09/08 – London, UK @ The Underworld
09/10 – Dortmund, DE @ FZW
09/11 – Groningen, NL @ Vera
09/12 – Aarhus, DK @ Atlas
09/13 – Gothenburg, SE @ Truckstop Alaska
09/14 – Oslo, NO @ Hostsabbat @ Betong
09/16 – Helsinki, FI @ Tavastia
09/17 – Stockholm, SE @ Slakthuset
09/18 – Copenhagen, DK @ Loppen
09/19 – Leipzig, DE @ UT Connewitz
09/20 – Wroclaw, PL @ Firlej
09/21 – Berlin, DE @ Bi Nuu
09/23 – Prague, CZ @ Klub 007
09/24 – Vienna, AT @ Arena
09/25 – Innsbruck, AT @ PMK
09/26 – Winterthur, CH @ Gaswerk
09/29 – Lausana, CH @ Le Romandie

10/02 – Barcelona, ES @ Razzmattazz3
10/03 – Madrid, ES @ Villamanuela
10/04 – Porto, PT @ Amplifest
10/05 – Erandio, ES @ Sonora
10/10 – Athens, GR @ Kyttaro Club
10/11 – Antwerp, BE @ Desertfest More...

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Priest, King Diamond To Headline Fun Fun Fun Fest

Fun Fun Fun Fest (FFF Fest) is excited to announce the music lineup of the 9th annual festival to be held November 7-9 at Auditorium Shores and Butler Park in Austin. Weekend passes and Ultimate Smooth Passes are on sale today at 10 a.m. CST at funfunfunfest.com.

For the first time in 25 years, Austin will welcome English heavy metal royalty Judas Priest as a FFF headliner. Recognized as one of the greatest and most influential metal bands of all time, Judas Priest is known for their twin lead guitars, original vocal style and for introducing the S&M leather look to metal. Their performance will follow the release of their seventeenth studio album, Redeemer of Souls, which marks 40 years since their debut recording.

Other FFF Fest 2014 headliners include Neutral Milk Hotel, Death Cab For Cutie, Nas, King Diamond, Wiz Khalifa, Alt-J, Death From Above 1979, and Girl Talk. The roster will also feature performances from The New Pornographers, Dinosaur Jr., 2 Chainz, Rocket From The Crypt, First Aid Kid, Death Grips, Atmosphere, Guided by Voices, Blood Brothers, City and Colour, Yo La Tengo, Dum Dum Girls, Foxygen, Sun Kil Moon, Flying Lotus, Yelle, and Ginuwine. Additional musical acts may also be announced later this summer.

Festival producers Transmission Events will offer a sound for everyone, with a mix of new music, long-awaited reunions, and fan favorites. The music lifting from the park will include indie, hip-hop, punk, electronic, metal, folk and more. This year will also feature an expanded comedy and action sports experience, with a fresh lineup of comedians and riders to be announced this summer.

“Each year, we try to bring Fun Fun Fun fans a unique and exciting lineup to top the year before,” says Bobby Garza, general manager at Transmission Events. “And this year we feel we went above and beyond to give you an experience you can’t find anywhere else.” More...

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Saint Vitus Announces U.S. Tour

Saint Vitus has announced a new U.S. headlining tour in the fall with Pallbearer, Zoroaster, and The Hookers. A full list of tour dates can be found below.

Saint Vitus is also re-issuing the "Die Healing" and "C.O.D." albums vis Season of Mist, with order information available here.

10/4 San Antonio TX @ Korova
10/5 Norman OK @ The Opolis
10/6 St Louis MO @ Firebird
10/7 Minneapolis MN @ 7th St Entry
10/8 Chicago IL @ Reggies
10/9 Grand Rapids @ Pyramid Scheme
10/10 Detroit MI @ Magic Stick
10/11 Cleveland OH @ Grog Shop
10/12 Pittsburgh PA @ Rex Theater
10/13 Baltimore MD @ Metro Gallery
10/14 Upstate NY @ Bogie's
10/15 Boston MA @ Middle East
10/17 West Chester PA @ The Note
10/18 Brooklyn NY @ Europa
10/19 TBA
10/20 Springfield VA @ Empire
10/21 Richmond VA @ Strange Matter
10/22 Asheville NC @ The Orange Peel
10/23 Nashville TN @ Exit / In
10/24 Atlanta GA @ The EARL
10/25 New Orleans LA @ One Eyed Jacks More...

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Pallbearer Has Guitars Stolen

Pallbearer, which was nominated as one of the best metal newcomers of last year, has checked in with the following announcement about having guitars stolen:

"Someone decided to steal a few of our guitars in the North Little Rock area. We've filed the appropriate reports with the police, but any help is absolutely welcomed -- if anyone happens to notice any new additions at regional pawn shops, Guitar Center, etc. any info would be appreciated. The guitars:

"1970's Harmony Les Paul copy (no name on headstock) tobacco sunburst, carved body and Lace Pickups installed.

"Mid-2000's PRS SE - Red, with a considerable amount of black gaffers tape on headstock (covering name and a very large chip in upper headstock point.) Stock humbuckers with cream pickup surrounds." More...

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Enslaved Issues Roadside Update

Enslaved has been out on a North American tour, which has been experiencing delays due to bad weather. The band has now checked in with the following update:

"After 24 hours inside the blizzard the interstate roads out of the Winnipeg border station finally reopened, and we could start driving again!

"Since then we've gone through new storms and more snow; non stop and relentless, with one goal in mind: making it to the stage in Montreal tonight! We will - just barely - sadly that is not the case for our support bands.

"Pallbearer, Royal Thunder and Ancient VVisdom all have to cancel due to the weather conditions. We'd like to thank all of our fans for the massive support through the past few days!"

Wed/Feb-20 Montreal, QC Les Foufounes Électriques
Thu/Feb-21 Boston, MA The Sinclair
Fri/Feb-22 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom More...

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Pallbearer To Head Out On European Tour

Pallbearer, which was named one of the best newcomers of 2012 in our annual year-end awards, will be heading off on a European tour with Royal Thunder in April. Dates are available below.

04/10 – London, UK @ Borderline
04/11 - Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix
04/12 – Leipzig, Germany @ UT Connewitz
04/13 – Berlin, Germany @ Bi Nuu
04/14 – Linz, Austria @ Posthof
04/15 – Bologna, Italy @ Freakout Club
04/16 – Aarau, Switzerland @ K.i.F.F.
04/17 – Schorndorf, Germany @ Manufaktur
04/18 – Tilburg, The Netherlands @ Roadburn Fest More...

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Best Newcomers Of 2012 Explored: Part 4

There's a slew of new heavy metal bands popping up across the globe covering just about every imaginable sound, and plenty more appearing on the horizon. Thanks to easy access to digital tools and online methods of music distribution, the metal scene as a whole has an exploding population, and every year we try to keep up with the best new talent in our year-end “best of” awards.

To help get you acquainted with the best new metal out there, we’ll be briefly covering the bands nominated by our contributors for the “Best Newcomer” category of Metalunderground.com’s recent 2012 awards.

Writer Rex_84 nominated the following acts for best newcomer of 2012: Pallbearer, Pilgrim, Skrog, Dopelord, and Kill Devil Hill. You can also find yesterday's coverage of nominees at this location.


Doom metal was the preferred sound of great upstarts in the year 2012. No band was as impactful as Pallbearer. “Sorrow and Extinction,” the debut album by these Arkansas lads, found the top of many journalists’ “best of” list. The slow melodies of Candlemass, the groove of Saint Vitus and distant, Ozzy-like vocals describes the band in familiar terms. The group deals equal amounts of despair and psychedelics. It’s one hell of a bad acid trip, brain fuck!


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Metalunderground.com's Best Of 2012 Awards

Metalunderground.com wishes all our regulars and newcomers a happy new year as we look forward to a 2013 full of improvements and hopefully even more awesome metal than the preceding year. The 2011 “best of the year” piece ended up so late it actually became an April Fool’s joke (with “Lulu” of course winning the top album spot), but this time around we’re going to dive right into a retrospective of the last 365 days of metal and how they impacted the scene at large.

Recent years have been fairly uneven for metal, punctuated by stellar releases surrounded by flops and mediocre albums from the big names. We’ve seen the continuing sad decline of some of the oldest and biggest names in metal in the past few years, but 2012 shook that up and was a year where the underground earned a greater focus.

2012 was a highly productive year for several prominent sub-genres (power, prog, and djent all saw a horde of releases from acts both known and unknown), but a little more sparse for others (there were only a handful of symphonic black metal releases by established bands.) Considering the sheer number of albums, EPs, singles, demos, etc. that see the light of day per year, we’re inevitably going to end up overlooking some that were definitely good releases, so please accept our apologies in advance if a band you dig didn’t get a nod. We love all forms of metal, and there’s just no way to cover everything that happened in 2012 in a single article.

While 2012 was an off-year on the release schedule for some of the highest profile acts, there were still plenty of bands in the upper echelons that dropped new material. Metaldom saw albums hit from the likes of Between the Buried and Me, Therion, The Sword, Dethklok, Cradle of Filth, Kamelot, Enslaved, Katatonia, Korpiklaani, Borknagar, and Lacuna Coil. Obviously that alone covers a huge range of sound, and we also got to hear some highly anticipated new material from God Seed, Ministry, Wintersun, Baroness, Meshuggah, Woods of Ypres, and Ex Deo. Some of those ended up being worth the hype, while others didn’t meet the high level of expectation, and below you’ll see how our contributors voted on last year’s releases.

Before we jump into the different categories and winners, I’d like to mention how this was such a good year for bands that mash up genres. Fans of different styles colliding were in for a treat as cross-genre experimentation seems to be becoming more of the norm these days. The Wretched End blended together death and thrash, Diablo Swing Orchestra worked swing music into metal, Kontrust melds pop and metal, Stealing Axion worked through just about every sub-genre that exists, and Nachtblut blurred the lines between industrial and symphonic black metal. It seems like this trend is running strong and cross pollination is going to widen metal fan’s musical horizons and introduce mainstream music enthusiasts into the more extreme stuff. More...

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Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 Day 3

Pallbearer may have started around 1 pm, but kept its audience in mourning. The group moved with the deliberation and anguish of its namesake. Guitarists Brett Campbell and Devin Holt dropped emotional bombs with weight comparable to receiving bereaving news. Campbell used an effect to make his voice appear distant like a ghost whispering in the ear of its lost lover. This was the third time in the last year I caught these Arkansas melancholic musicians, which is special since they only have one album of material to display: Profound Lore released their debut full-length recording, “Sorrow and Extinction,” in February.

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