PELICAN — Nighttime Stories

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4.17 | 2 ratings | 1 review
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Album · 2019

Tracklist


1. WST (03:11)
2. Midnight and Mescaline (04:56)
3. Abyssal Plain (04:48)
4. Cold Hope (06:57)
5. It Stared at Me (03:22)
6. Nighttime Stories (06:35)
7. Arteries of Blacktop (06:33)
8. Full Moon, Black Water (08:01)

Total Time 44:23


Japanese edition:

9. Darkness On The Stairs (04:48)
10. It Stared At Me (Sanford Parker Remix) (05:32)

Total Time 54:43

Line-up/Musicians


- Bryan Herweg / bass
- Larry Herweg / drums
- Trevor De Brauw / guitars
- Dallas Thomas / guitars

About this release

CD, digital and 12" 45 RPM vinyl 2LP released 7th June 2019 on Southern Lord Recordings (LORD 270). 2LP released on:

- black vinyl
- gold vinyl (500 copies)
- opaque orange vinyl (500 copies)
- red vinyl (500 copies - Indie exclusive)

CD released 5th June 2019 in Japan on Daymare Recordings (DYMC-325) / Southern Lord (DYMC-325).

Cassette released 16th August 2019 on Brutal Panda Records (BPR-45), limited to 200 copies.

Thanks to Lynx33 for the addition and Bosh66 for the updates

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The Angry Scotsman
6 years since their last release, Pelican shows they are still a force to be reckoned with.

This album continues their drift from post metal to, well not quite sure what to call it. Instrumental progressive sludge metal? Perhaps atmospheric metal is the most fitting genre to lump it under. What I call it is: awesome.

"Nighttime Stories" is in some ways classic Pelican, (super heavy, killer riffs, grooves, and melodies, quiet peaceful movements) but in some ways quite different. For one, I was quite shocked to here blast beats. In general, "Nighttime Stories" is less "post" and more riff oriented metal. Don't get me wrong, Pelican has always been based on the almighty riff, but here their songs continue their shorter trajectory, all except one clocking in at under 7 minutes, and there's less collective wall of sound, long building sound and more traditional riffy driven metal songs.

This is not unwelcome. It keeps the band fresh, and given the countless number of post metal bands that have faded away with the tide of that genre, I'm glad to see some of the founders of it managing to fight past and stay relevant. This is not to say there isn't still wonderful atmospheres created, because their are, as well as some of the classic slowly progressing old school sound.

The music on "Nighttime Stories" is not as compelling or thought provoking as older Pelican, it's not quite as energetic as some newer, and I found the drumming a bit lackluster, but the music is still interesting enough to hold up without any vocals. The major driver of this album is its biggest difference from previous output: emotion. This is a very emotional work. Not surprising giving the band's various difficulties and changes, and it really comes out. It can't be put into words, but you feel it.

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