Pallbearer are heavy as hell on “Dropout”

The not-quite-doom, not-quite-prog metal band expand their palette with stoner rock influences.

Pallbearer are regarded as one of the more exciting metal bands in recent years. The American quartet has found a niche in mixing doom and progressive metal, but with their new single “Dropout,” they throw stoner, alt-rock sounds to the dense mix.

Released last Friday for the Adult Swim Singles Program, the one-off track has all the murkiness and massive riffs of the band’s breakout album Sorrow and Extinction. But in “Dropout,” you’ll hear strains of Kyuss, Smashing Pumpkins and even Dinosaur Jr. Long story short: It’s a killer track that proves there’s plenty of uncharted territory within doom metal.

“We have almost always written music intended to exist as part of an album, with common musical and lyrical threads that tie many elements together into one release,” Pallbearer said. “Being freed from those confines in recording this song allowed us to explore themes and immediacy that might not have been uncovered in our more typical ‘large-format’ composition process.”

Check out “Dropout” here:

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