PELICAN — The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw

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3.60 | 18 ratings | 2 reviews
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Album · 2005

Tracklist


1. Last Day Of Winter (09:36)
2. Autumn Into Summer (10:44)
3. March To The Sea (11:37)
4. • (04:43)
5. Red Ran Amber (11:20)
6. Aurora Borealis (04:55)
7. Sirius (05:47)

Total Time 58:44


2005 Japan bonus disc:

1. March Into the Sea (20:28)
2. Angel Tears (Justin Broadrick remix) (12:24)
3. Angel Tears (James Plotkin remix) (06:35)
4. Sirius (demo) (05:06)

Total Time 44:33

Line-up/Musicians


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

About this release

CD released 26th June 2005 on Hydra Head Records (HH666-091).

2CD released 15th June 2005 in Japan on Daymare Recordings (PTCD-1027~8), repressed 7th September 2007.

12" clear blue, white or blue vinyl 2LP released 2006 on Hydra Head Records (HH666-091).

12" vinyl 2LP released 2008 on Viva Hate Records (VHR-45-011), limited to:

- 100 picture disc vinyl
- 100 blue marbled vinyl
- x black vinyl

Digital album self-released 11th November 2011.

12" vinyl 2LP reissued 7th April 2012 on Viva Hate Records, limited to 80 copies.

12" 180 gram vinyl 2LP reissued 29th October 2013 on Hydra Head Records (HH666-91):

- white with cyan haze vinyl
- black with blue splatter vinyl
- orange crush vinyl
- black vinyl

Recorded and mixed in February 2005 at Electrical Audio (Chicago, Illinois).
Mastered in March 2005 at Golden Mastering (Ventura, California).

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

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Warthur
Pelican's brand of post-metal reminds me a lot of Mogwai - there's the same mixture of sparse sterility and threadbare raggedness, like an abandoned hospital. With The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw, they've greated an album that aspires to be just as haunting and fragile as Mogwai's excellent Ten Rapid (and in its best moments manages it), with just enough metallic roar to it to keep it on the metal side of the post-rock/post-metal divide (which as the 2000s went on got thinner and thinner). It got a lot of comparisons to Isis's Panopticon when it came out, and I don't think it's quite as good as that album, but in its better moments it comes pretty close to it. The main deficiency is that Pelican don't quite assert enough personality to distinguish them from the crowd, particularly in the context of the mid-2000s post-metal boom.

Members reviews

avestin
Pelican gives us gloomy, slightly depressing, ponderous and heavy music in this album. This time much more inclined towards the post-rock camp, the guitars are overall less heavy than in previous Australasia and resemble a bit the sound of guitars of Explosions In The Sky. As a result of this new lighter sound, the music seems more open, a bit more relaxed and sadder then past efforts. Mind you, the heavy guitars still maintain their presence although in a more refined way, allowing more space for the newer and other sounds to be expressed. Here you also have a much more dominant lead guitar, as a result of the change. It either leads or accompanies the music, making it a bit more interesting than simple soundtrack riffs being played. It begins with a fade in that finally explodes in and reintroduces us to the current sound, giving us the crunchy rhythm guitar, the lead soaring guitar and the typical post rock drum work, beating in all directions making some spectacular rhythms. It goes on to create a somewhat Explosion's like sounding track, but make no mistake; it is Pelican all the way. The overall atmosphere is quite sad, as if they depict the world rotting away into oblivion. To me their music on this album is not optimistic in nature, but rather a music that tells the tale of lost hopes and extinguished sparkles of faith. I can relate to that, since gloomy music, is my favourite type. The second track begins softly, acoustically (a feature that appears several times in this album), and slowly and only after a few minutes does the bass intervene and persuades the rest of the instruments to speed things up a bit. It even gets a bit more optimistic sounding there for some time. Then we get the crunchy guitar with somewhat dissonant riffs (which I love) and an excellent Pelican style riffing passage that delivers us the guitars playing between themselves for a bit. This all part is one spot of light in an otherwise obscure album. No point in telling you the rest. Only that the rest of this album is, as their previous one, original, unique sounding, and with every song aspire to discover new musical routes to express their feelings. The songs are always dynamic and develop the musical ideas as the song goes on. This is truly progressive music in that aspect.

They succeed again with this album to create their unique sound and a fitting soundtrack for our life. Beautiful music filled with emotions. To me this album shows a progression from their previous one, Australasia. This again shows this band's ability to renovate, reinvent and progress. 4 stars, meaning an excellent addition to a prog collection.

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  • Lynx33
  • VargTheViking
  • Anster
  • cannon
  • Zargus
  • harmonium.ro
  • The Angry Scotsman
  • spitf1r3
  • snowman1980
  • Any Colour You Like
  • sauromat
  • Jake Kobrin
  • Sleeper
  • JRuined
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