PELICAN — Ataraxia / Taraxis

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3.25 | 4 ratings | 1 review
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EP · 2012

Tracklist


1. Ataraxia (03:20)
2. Lathe Biosas (04:43)
3. Parasite Colony (04:39)
4. Taraxis (05:13)

Total Time 17:55


Japan CD version:

5. An Inch Above Sand (Live) (03:58)
6. The Creeper (Live) (06:10)
7. What We All Come To Need (Demo) (05:22)

Total Time 33:25

Line-up/Musicians


- Trevor de Brauw / guitar
- Laurent Schroeder-Lebec / guitar
- Bryan Herweg / bass
- Larry Herweg / drums

Guest musician:
- Sanford Parker / drum programming

About this release

CD and 12" 45 RPM vinyl EP released 10th April 2012 on Southern Lord Recordings (LORD 155), vinyl limited to 6500 copies:

- 4500 black vinyl
- 1000 cyan blue vinyl
- 500 clear vinyl
- 500 cream vinyl

CD released 11th April 2012 in Japan on Daymare Recordings (DYMC-159).

Thanks to The Angry Scotsman for the addition and Lynx33, Bosh66 for the updates

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The Angry Scotsman
This is a difficult rating for me, because while the music is perfectly fine, it's not much of a departure for Pelican and it's a short EP. Clocking in at just under 18 minutes, this is a short but fine EP.

Musically there's not much to say if you're familiar Pelican. Their classic riffy and warm sound hasn't changed. Still heavy and atmospheric. Only thing that really stands out is how short the songs are. On their last 2 albums Pelican has gone for shorter songs opposed to their earlier epic ramblers, but these are even shorter...the longest just cracking 5 minutes. I did see one review comment they detected a bit of a stoner rock sound at times, and I'd say I notice it as well but it's just for a brief time.

"Ataraxia" is a very mellow, droning song. Minimalist and airy, very chill.

"Lathe Biosas" throws you right into it, almost sounds like mid riff, and is a classic Pelican song. Heavy, but not suffocating, valleys then peaks.

"Parasite Colony" is another straightforward Pelican song, though maybe a bit less riffy and more drifty. Both are cool songs.

"Taraxis" concludes the EP with acoustic guitar and light drumming, while electric guitar noises flutter around the background. It goes out with a bang though, with the heaviest stuff heard on the album.

So I'm not really sure what to make of this one. Is this just a snack to tide us over for a bit? Is it a sample of something we should expect to see in the future? (Shorter, lighter songs). Only time will tell, but as for "Ataraxia/Taraxis" there's really not much new here. Which is fine, a standard Pelican release is always a good thing! Any fan of Pelican, or lighter/progressive metal should enjoy. Note: a light snack always leaves you hungry, and with the break up of Isis...us post metal fans are still left starved. Hopefully the upcoming Cult of Luna album will finally fill the void.

A good, though unspectacular, and short EP...worth some listens but not essential.

THREE STARS

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