Pallbearer

First Fleet Concerts Presents:

Pallbearer

Inter Arma, Gatecreeper, Green Death

Sat, May 27, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Vaudeville Mews

Des Moines, IA

$15.00 - $18.00

This event is 21 and over

Pallbearer
Pallbearer
It is 2014, and on August 19th, two years on from the release of their seminal debut LP Sorrow and Extinction, Pallbearer will unleash the most powerful and engaging chapter in their story thus far; Foundations of Burden – a triumph for the Arkansas natives in that each song sees the band shaping their own musical paradigm unfettered by the confines of heavy metal and indisputably setting an unparalleled standard for those that follow in its wake. Produced and mixed by Billy Anderson (Sleep, etc) in Portland, OR in the late winter of this year, the album evokes a sonic consciousness of melodic complexity with each song carrying a weight of melancholic devastation that sees Pallbearer forging it's own brilliantly desolate path that, while firmly rooted in heavy metal, reaches far beyond any genre dynamic by crafting music that seeks to balance itself at the very threshold of an unforgiving void.

Initially formed in 2008, by Joseph D. Rowland (bass) and Brett Campbell (vocals/guitars), Pallbearer grew from the fertile underground metal scene of Little Rock, Arkansas. A year later, joined by guitarist Devin Holt and (since departed) drummer Zach Stine, the four members quickly recorded the band's first demo. These three tracks garnered well-deserved attention, with critics and fans taking notice of what could only be described as a wholly singular sound from the promising band.

Pallbearer's debut full-length Sorrow and Extinction was released in early 2012. At just under fifty minutes, the album's five tracks capitalized on the primal clout of the band's demo, but here the songs were freed from reliance on volume as the music wavered beautifully between subdued introspection and towering aural force. Released by the well-respected Canadian indie metal label, Profound Lore, Sorrow and Extinction instantly made waves among listeners and critics who found Pallbearer's compositional paradox of vulnerability and might unparalleled in a metal world replete with imitators.

Hailed by Rolling Stone as the #1 metal album of 2012, the album also received the coveted "Best New Music" stamp of approval from Pitchfork as well as being cited as one of the year's best albums by outlets such as Spin and NPR, in addition to Decibel Magazine's inclusion of the album as #5 on its year-end list. Sorrow and Extinction proved to be an unequivocal masterpiece in any genre of music and, most importantly, compelled Pallbearer to reach even further creatively for what would come next. 2012 would also see the addition of drummer Mark Lierly, adding further depth to the already immense and mercurial sound the band had pioneered.

Rather than settle themselves in the convenient safety of listener expectation, Pallbearer delve even deeper into melodic contexts for Foundations of Burden, with Rowland now adding his own impressive vocalizations to the sonic texture. This new vocal dynamic brings an authentically visceral component to Pallbearer's music that, while giving credence to their metal foundations, adds a new and compelling dimension to music which has long since proved itself to be inexorably captivating.
Inter Arma
Inter Arma
INTER ARMA's music resists generalization and categorization, but if there's one thing that's consistently true, it's that the "A quintet possesses an unparalleled sense of scope. Few artists today accurately con"ey the complexity that INTER ARMA (Latin for "in times of war") does the band creates terrible and often hauntingly beautiful portraits of humanity through music that is deeply organic yet still mystical and modern. INTER ARMA are just as committed to the li"e circuit as they are to their records: the band has performed extensi"ely throughout Europe and the US, sharing the stage with the likes of Kylesa, Baroness, Cough, Royal Thunder, Black Tusk, Ulcerate, Russian Circles, Windhand, and dozens of others. INTER ARMA's raw, uninhibited approach merges doom metal, psychedelic sludge, black metal, prog and more, and o"er the course of the last ten years, has established the band as a uniquely inno"ati"e force in contemporary extreme metal.
Founded in Richmond in 2006, the "ersatile and genre-defying fi"e-piece released their debut full-length Sundown "ia Forcefield Records in 2010, and like all great artists, had a well-defined sound right from the start. Sundown found INTER ARMA widespread critical acclaim, and, combined with the band's relentless touring schedule and DIY grit, quickly helped INTER ARMA make a name for themsel"es in the underground. Following Sundown, the band released the 12" EP Destroyer "ia Toxic Assets Records. That record was strong enough to catch the attention of Relapse Records, who signed INTER ARMA later in 2012, and in 2013, the band unleashed the monolithic Sky Burial, a doomy, hour-long excursion through unpredictable textures and timbres. Just two years later, the band followed Sky Burial with The Ca"ern, a 45+ minute, single-song EP. Originally written during the summer of 2009, then slowly reworked and perfected, The Ca"ern was recorded in 2013 during breaks from the band's non-stop tours. Both The Ca"ern and Sky Burial were widely hailed as some of the best records of their respecti"e years and garnered INTER ARMA accolades from the likes of Pitchfork, NPR, Rolling Stone, and many other publications worldwide.
Two years after The Ca"ern, INTER ARMA are poised to return with their hea"iest and most multifaceted work to date. Paradise Gallows is more than an hour of lush, colorful melodies and textures blended with the hea"iness of the earth's impending death. Like the band's pre"ious works, the new album Paradise Gallows is direct and foreboding while maintaining a nuanced, artful perspecti"e. INTER ARMA's signature palette of dissonant high-end and abyssal low-end has been augmented with swathes of thick, impressionistic melody that lend Paradise Gallows a truly biblical sense of scale, both lyrically and in terms of the album's sonic content. Harsh and acoustic passages (including the band's first-e"er foray into clean "ocals) spar with complex rhythmic structures across nine sweeping tracks of expansi"e, progressi"e hea"iness. The album was again recorded with Mikey Allred (Yautja, Hi"elords) at Dark Art Audio in Nash"ille, and features gorgeous co"er art by Orion Landau. Dense, funereal, and richly e"ocati"e, Paradise Gallows is a rich blend of doom, post-metal, sludge, and black and death metal, and is a singular and powerful new addition to the band's already monumental discography.
Gatecreeper
Gatecreeper
Death Metal from Phoenix/Tucson, Arizona
Green Death
Green Death
"This Des Moines outfit plays a classy brand of classic thrash a la Testament, Heathen and Pantera with a little Type O Negative in there as well as singer who can sing and everything" - DECIBEL Magazine
Venue Information:
Vaudeville Mews
212 4th Street
Des Moines, IA, 50309
http://www.vaudevillemews.com/