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PELICAN
THE FIRE IN OUR THROATS WILL BECKON THE THAW
HYDRAHEAD

The instrumental quartet Pelican return with another stunning display of earth shaking music. This seven- track sojourn finds the Chicago outfit taking musical strides in the vein of bands like Isis and Godflesh, playing the lumbering build-up and crushingly heavy game to perfection on “Last Day of Winter”. Where those bands seem to keep the mood heavy, Pelican opts to shift gears. There’s a great deal of expansiveness to songs like the epic “March to the Sea” that encompasses Iron Maiden just as much as it does Mastodon, enchanting the listener and engaging the attention span unlike other vocal-less endeavors. There’s also a plethora of acoustic guitars present that at times give off touches of a desert rock vibe as well as an overall feeling of serenity before the inevitable sonic attack hits. Staggeringly composed, artfully performed, and richly recorded, the new album from Pelican is a masterpiece that even those who fear they may not get it will be engrossed with.
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- Mike SOS