Vectortone / Production Simple Presents


Inter Arma, Gatecreeper

Tue · June 6, 2017

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


Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Pallbearer’s third album, Heartless, is an inspired collection of monumental rock music. The

band offers a complex sonic architecture that weaves together the spacious exploratory

elements of classic prog, the raw anthemics of 90’s alt-rock, and stretches of black-lit proto-

metal. Lyrics about mortality, life, and love are set to sharp melodies and pristine three-part

harmonies. Vocalist and guitarist Brett Campbell has always been a strong, assured singer, and

on Heartless, his work’s especially stunning. This may in part be due to the immediacy of the

lyrics. Written by Campbell and bassist/secondary vocalist Joseph D Rowland, the words have

moved from the metaphysical to something more grounded. As the group explains: “Instead of

staring into to the void—both above and within—Heartless concentrates its power on a grim

reality. Our lives, our homes and our world are all plumbing the depths of utter darkness, as we

seek to find any shred of hope we can."

Pallbearer emerged from Little Rock, Arkansas in 2012 with a stunning debut full-length, Sorrow

and Extinction. The record, which played like a seamless 49-minute doom movement, melded

pitch-perfect vintage sounds with a triumphant modern sensibility that made songs about death

and loss feel joyfully ecstatic. Pallbearer possessed what many other newer metal groups didn't:

perfect guitar tone, classic hooks, and a singer who could actually sing.

For their 2014 followup, Foundations of Burden, the band worked with legendary Bay Area

producer Billy Anderson (Sleep, Swans, Neurosis) for an expansive album that was musically

tighter and especially adventurous. Armed with a more technical drummer, Mark Lierly,

Foundations feels like it was built for larger shared spaces—you could imagine these songs

ringing off the walls of a stadium. It was a hint of things to come. While the debut earned the

band a Best New Music nod from Pitchfork and rightly landed the band on year-end lists at

places like SPIN and NPR, along with the usual metal publications, Foundations of Burden

charted on the Billboard Top 100 and earned the band album of the year from Decibel and spots

on year-end lists for NPR and Rolling Stone.

Returning to where it all began, the quartet recorded their third full-length, Heartless on their

own in Arkansas, and it’s grander in scope, showcasing a natural progression that melds higher

technicality and more ambitious structures with their most immediate hooks to date. The

collection, which follows the 3-song Fear & Fury EP from earlier this year, was captured entirely

on analog tape at Fellowship Hall Sound in Little Rock this past summer and then mixed by Joe

Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Tool, Melvins, Soundgarden).

From the gloriously complex, sky-lit opener “I Saw the End” to the earth-shaking (and

heartbreaking) 13-minute closer “A Plea for Understanding,” the entire group puts forth the full

realization of their vision: More than a doom band, Pallbearer is a rock group with a singular

songwriting talent and emotional capacity. Heartless finds the group putting forth their strongest

individual efforts to date: Campbell and Rowland, along with guitarist/vocalist Devin Holt and

drummer Mark Lierly, turn in peak marathon performances. Both Campbell and Rowland also

handle synthesizers alongside their normal duties, and there are plenty of gently strummed

acoustic guitars amid the crunchy electric ones, adding a moody, ethereal spareness to the

towering metal. The almost 12-minute “Dancing in Madness” opens with dark post-rock

ambience and moves toward emotional blues before exploding into a sludgy psychedelic

anthem. A number of the seven songs feature a humid rock swagger.

By fusing their widest musical palette to date, Pallbearer make the kind of heavy rock (the heavy

moments are *heavy*) that will appeal to diehards, but could also find the group crossing over

into newer territories and fanbases. After having helped revitalize doom metal, it almost feels

like they’ve gone and set their sights on rock and roll itself. Which doesn’t seem at all impossible

on the back of a record like Heartless.
Inter Arma
Inter Arma
Formed in 2006, Inter Arma is one of the most talked about heavy bands to come out of Richmond, VA. The group (consisting of T.J. Childers - Drums, Steven Russell - Guitars, Trey Dalton - Guitars, Mike Paparo - Vocals, Joe Kerkes - Bass) formed in 2006 and released their crushing debut full-length Sundown via Forcefield Records in 2010 to much critical acclaim. Combining a punk rock ethos with an esoteric blend of psychedelia, black metal, and doom/sludge, the quintet quickly developed a name for themselves in the underground through relentless touring and mesmerizing live performances. After Sundown's release, Inter Arma began a rigorous DIY touring schedule, playing shows with bands like Cough, Krallice, Mutant Supremacy, Castevet, Royal Thunder, Ken Mode, The Body, Hull, Batillus, Black Breath and many more.
In 2012, the band released a 12" EP entitled Destroyer via Toxic Assets Records. Based on the strength of this EP they immediately signed to Relapse Records and embarked on a self-booked month long tour. The band excitedly commented, "It's pretty crazy to think that we'll be tacitly associated with bands like Neurosis, Amorphis, Human Remains, diSEMBOWELMENT, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Incantation, Mastodon, et al. That's a pretty high standard to hold yourself to, but we'll give it our damndest." Expect Inter Arma to deliver on their promise.
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Venue Information:
2100 South Preston Street
Louisville, KY, 40217