PELICAN

Atmospheric Sludge Metal / Metal Related • United States
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Pelican is an atmospheric sludge metal / post-metal band from Evanston in Illinois, formed in 2001.

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Rising from the ashes of the band Tusk, the instrumental post-metal outfit Pelican formed in Chicago, 2001, by guitarists Trevor de Brauw and Laurent Lebec with sibling rhythm section Larry Herweg and Bryan Herweg (drums and bass, respectively).

Owing a great debt to pioneering forefathers Neurosis, and often compared to Boston's Isis, and Sweden's Cult of Luna, Pelican were initially signed to Hydra Head Records (whose head, Aaron Turner, is a member of Isis).

After making their debut with an eponymous self-titled four-song EP "Pelican" in 2003, Pelican expanded their sound with 2004's critically acclaimed "Australasia". In 2005 Pelican released the "March Into the Sea" EP (featuring the original 20 minutes version), followed by, arguably, their most accomplished record to date, "The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw". "City Of Echoes" was released
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PELICAN Discography

PELICAN albums / top albums

PELICAN Australasia album cover 3.60 | 12 ratings
Australasia
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2003
PELICAN The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw album cover 3.62 | 20 ratings
The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2005
PELICAN City Of Echoes album cover 3.93 | 15 ratings
City Of Echoes
Metal Related 2007
PELICAN What We All Come To Need album cover 3.58 | 12 ratings
What We All Come To Need
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2009
PELICAN Forever Becoming album cover 3.86 | 3 ratings
Forever Becoming
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2013
PELICAN Nighttime Stories album cover 4.17 | 2 ratings
Nighttime Stories
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2019

PELICAN EPs & splits

PELICAN Pelican album cover 3.69 | 4 ratings
Pelican
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2001
PELICAN The Champions Of Sound 2003 album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
The Champions Of Sound 2003
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2003
PELICAN March Into The Sea album cover 3.65 | 6 ratings
March Into The Sea
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2005
PELICAN Pelican / Playing Enemy album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Pelican / Playing Enemy
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2005
PELICAN Pelican / Mono album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Pelican / Mono
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2005
PELICAN Recorded Live At Churchill's album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Recorded Live At Churchill's
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2006
PELICAN Pink Mammoth album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Pink Mammoth
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2007
PELICAN Pelican / These Arms Are Snakes album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Pelican / These Arms Are Snakes
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2008
PELICAN Split Series Part 3 album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Split Series Part 3
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2009
PELICAN Champions Of Sound 2008 album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Champions Of Sound 2008
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2009
PELICAN Ephemeral album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
Ephemeral
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2009
PELICAN Ataraxia / Taraxis album cover 3.25 | 4 ratings
Ataraxia / Taraxis
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2012
PELICAN The Cliff album cover 3.08 | 2 ratings
The Cliff
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2015
PELICAN Midnight And Mescaline album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Midnight And Mescaline
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2019

PELICAN live albums

PELICAN Arktika (Live From Russia) album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Arktika (Live From Russia)
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2014
PELICAN Live At Empty Bottle December 15, 2015 album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Live At Empty Bottle December 15, 2015
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2016
PELICAN Live In Wroclaw, November 11 2007 album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Live In Wroclaw, November 11 2007
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2016
PELICAN Live At Dunk​!​Fest 2016 album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Live At Dunk​!​Fest 2016
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2016
PELICAN Live At The Grog Shop album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At The Grog Shop
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2020

PELICAN demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

PELICAN re-issues & compilations

PELICAN The Wooden Box album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Wooden Box
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2010
PELICAN Arktika + The Cliff album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Arktika + The Cliff
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2015
PELICAN B​-​Sides And Other Rarities album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
B​-​Sides And Other Rarities
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2020

PELICAN singles (1)

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2.00 | 1 ratings
Deny The Absolute / The Truce
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2013

PELICAN movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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Live In Chicago 06/11/03
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2005
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After The Ceiling Cracked
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2007

PELICAN Reviews

PELICAN Nighttime Stories

Album · 2019 · Atmospheric Sludge Metal
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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.

FOUR STARS

PELICAN The Cliff

EP · 2015 · Atmospheric Sludge Metal
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The Angry Scotsman
Another Pelican EP, just enough to keep us satisfied, but leave us hungry enough to want more!

This EP consists of three remakes of their song, "The Cliff" released on their last album, as well as one original song, "The Wait".

The first remake, "The Cliff (Vocal Version" is just that, the original song but with vocals. This is of course shocking for the instrumental band, and unlike their only previous song with vocals which featured the singing in an airy, light style, this song features distinct, clear singing with lyrics such as "I'm gunna wait. I'm gunna wait here for you. You're running late. I'm gunna stay here for you. You're gunna love me someday." Honestly, I was a bit shocked...but it works. The vocals fit superbly and the lyrics, well they work! Also note the lyrics about waiting and the final song, "The Wait". Refreshing song.

"The Cliff (Justin Broadrick Remix)" is just that. Broadrick of Godflesh amd Jesu fame adds a noisy, industrial touch to the lengthened song, leaving it recognizable but clearly unique. The Palms Remix is done by Aaron Harris and Bryant Clifford Meyer from Palms, as well as the legendary Isis, and features the first song, (complete with vocals) but with some extra touches to it, such as Harris' classic drumming, some electronic touches, and a recognizable though clearly redone section of "The Cliff" with a nice ending.

"The Wait" is a Pelican song with all that we've come to love and expect. Beauty, power, subtle textured songwriting building to a powerful climax and of course the clean/heavy dynamic and powerful drumming.

So what to make of this little EP? Any Pelican fan will like it, and while it doesn't add much at all to their discography, take it for what it is: a fun, simple snack. The star power on this small EP is an intriguing touch, and while small there is a bit of a story to all of it: the first song, simply vocals added to an older song, is redone itself later. The lyrics in that first song, add a bit to the last, knowing what exactly "The Wait" is referring to, and perhaps adds to it's power and movement.

If you like Pelican, give it a listen. If you've never heard the band, give it a listen. The former should find it a simple, nice and fun EP, the latter will hopefully be encouraged to try the band's other material!

Good but non essential

THREE STARS

PELICAN Forever Becoming

Album · 2013 · Atmospheric Sludge Metal
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The Angry Scotsman
After a four year gap, with a small, solid yet unspectacular EP thrown in there, Pelican is finally back...sans original member Laurent Schroeder-Lebec. The split seems to have been amiable, with new guitarist Dallas Thomas being described by the band as "meticulous" compared to their more "freewheeling" style, resulting in a good balance.

So what does this all mean for the album? Right off the bat, it's a darker feel than usual Pelican, which took some getting used to as I always appreciated their more upbeat, even warm feeling.

It is a very solid output, which underwhelmed me a bit at first, but grew after a few listens. It lacks Pelican's old style of lengthy, meandering epics but also lacks their newer style of more concise, powerful songwriting. This isn't entirely new, I found the balance of progression and power just right on "City of Echoes" and fell a bit off with "What We All Come to Need". This is not to say it's a bad album, not at all, just not the strongest effort put out by the band.

It still has all the Pelican staples, such as great riffing and melodies, guitar interplay and at times displays greater energy than I've ever heard from them. Especially in the drumming of Larry Herweg. Usually known for his metronome style, he displays his greatest diversity yet, and really hammers away with some major power.

At times it feels a bit lost, but after a few listens it all works together. The balance mentioned by the band really comes into play as passages vary from super drifty to tightly composed.

"Deny the Absolute" starts the album off in grand fasion, filled with energy out of the gate and is perfectly composed, moving steadily from start to finish, never hanging around to long but not moving forward to quickly. Packed with great riffs, melodies, guitar interplay and power. In my opinion the best song off the album.

Other standouts include "Immutable Dusk" with it's lighter section, "Threnody" another superbly written song that does it all, "Vestiges" has one of the best passages in the whole album, and “Perpetual Dawn” moves between loud and powerful, and soft and moving.

Overall, a very good album that does nothing wrong, punctuated with some standouts. While it may not “wow” especially at first, this is a fine album that any fan of Pelican should enjoy, as well as those into post rock/metal. Here's to more great music with the new lineup.

Four Stars

PELICAN Ataraxia / Taraxis

EP · 2012 · Atmospheric Sludge Metal
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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

PELICAN The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw

Album · 2005 · Atmospheric Sludge Metal
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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.

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