Forgotten Days is the fourth studio album by American doom metal band Pallbearer. It was released on October 23, 2020 through Nuclear Blast, making it the band’s first full-length for the label. Production was handled by Randall Dunn.
Forgotten Days was met with universal acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 84 based on seven reviews. The aggregator AnyDecentMusic? has the critical consensus of the album at a 7.3 out of 10, based on seven reviews.
Jon Hadusek of Consequence of Sound praised the album, stating that it “is arguably the best doom metal album of 2020 and an impressive label debut. Thanks to Dunn’s minimalist production, the album is a sonic pleasure, and it’s instantly more listenable and accessible than Heartless.
AllMusic’s Thom Jurek wrote, “Forgotten Days is the album that will likely unite all Pallbearer fans. Its return-to-roots aesthetic is planted in a physical base that carries the band’s dark, progressive doom into a new era”.
Hannah May Kilroy of Kerrang! wrote, “There’s nothing too out there on Forgotten Days – the ’80s synth of the closing “Caledonia” probably the biggest surprise, but a welcome one: a playful take on the pain of the past – and all the tracks are solid, with any experimentation woven tightly around Pallbearer’s doom roots. This is the sound of a genre being refreshed, and of a band making it entirely their own”.
Dave Everley of Classic Rock magazine wrote, “Their fourth album takes yet more detours, but without ever losing sight of the path. Devotees of lead-heavy riffs will be spoilt by the title track and “Rites Of Passage”, and the pace never exceeds sluggish”.
Grayson Haver Currin of Pitchfork wrote, “These eight songs grapple candidly with [family loss], but, like the music itself, the words don’t wallow. Instead, Pallbearer use these tragedies to revel in being alive, or to answer the ‘gnawing doubts that I ever learned to live’.”
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