Pelican
Pelican


4.0
excellent

Review

by Harry B. Price USER (23 Reviews)
December 5th, 2007 | 26 replies | 7,266 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The undying flame had to start somewhere.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Heav•y
1. of great weight; hard to lift or carry
2. of great amount, quantity, or size; extremely large; massive
3. of great force, intensity, turbulence, etc.
4. of more than the usual or average weight
5. having much weight in proportion to bulk; being of high specific gravity
6. of major import; grave; serious

7. deep or intense; profound

Give me a better statement to what Pelican is than definition 7. The Untitled EP from the Chicago instrumental quartet contains a mere four songs, for most artists a small offering or sample of what they are capable of. The Untitled EP is thicker than many full lengths. Clocking in at just under half an hour, four crushing suites deliver what is to flourish into a renowned signature of the “post-metal” genre.

If I were asked to deliver one small snippet of dense, heavy music, this would be my clear cut choice. Positive artistic aggression that is fully composed. Murky tones and dismal chords make for an atmosphere of pure muck, pure muck in the sense of dark, draining music. The Woods carries throughout its 13 minute path a delicate smog that is as enticing as it is compressing. Simple ideas can be flourished into behemoths, as shown by this release. Fairly standard drum lines accompanied by creative fills aren’t groundbreaking. They aren’t the most technical beats, but ask yourself this: does it need to be?

Had I been asked to take one thing away from this record, it would without a doubt be Mammoth. The epitome of all that is heavy, and the single factor that I believe defines Pelican’s strive. The simple body riff doesn’t give Muhammed Suiçmez an erection, but does it prove more effective than 80% of the mindless doodling that goes into his songwriting? Absolutely. Tasteful, impactful, and deeply impressing, Mammoth gives us all a small piece of musical bliss, if only for a short 5 minutes. I would be infinitely grateful had the track been extended to over 10 minutes. Sense-filled chugging and an overall air of weight make each listen a “fix” so-to-speak, once you get one, periodically they must be dispensed.

I see this EP is somewhat of the same light as I see The Dillinger Escape Plan’s Irony Is A Dead Scene, had it been a full length, I might have just found a new sexual attraction. Though plagued by time, or a lack thereof, the Untitled EP still holds up as one of the early defining moments in the now fraudulent “post-metal” genre. An extra 30 minutes of music could only have helped the cause, making a somewhat awkward stopping point only the halfway point in a trend that could possibly have taken the album to near perfect status. By now, this kink has been smoothed, seeing as (in my eyes) the next three albums (Australasia, The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw, City Of Echoes) have all been masterpieces, lacking a single definite flaw.

Everyone and everything have to start somewhere. This starting point is farther along in development than some artists have even touched upon dozens of releases into their seemingly endless careers. By all means, lay your hands on a spot of artistic greatness, the root of Pelicans ever-solid limbs, the Untitled EP

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Mammoth
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LifeInABox
December 5th 2007



3707 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Short, sweet, and to the point.
Much like the EP

rasputin
December 5th 2007



14504 Comments


Good review, I've been meaning to get into these guys. Are they anything like Isis?

LifeInABox
December 5th 2007



3707 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ehh, I was just having this conversation with a buddy of mine the other day. Although they are constantly grouped with Isis, they really aren't much like them at all. Isis is sludgy-er, and overall, heavier.

rasputin
December 5th 2007



14504 Comments


Ok, I think I might like this guys more than Isis then. I'll definitely check the band out. What album would you recommend?

cometuesday
December 5th 2007



959 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like Pelican a lot more than Isis, in truth. Everything these guys do is pretty impressive.

LifeInABox
December 5th 2007



3707 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw is my favorite, it's a good balance of melody and total heavyness. Ausralasia is probably their heaviest album, it's super crushing while their newest, City Of Echoes, is probably their most melodic, but I still love it to bits. This is pretty heavy as well, but as I mentioned, it's kind of short for Pelican.

rasputin
December 5th 2007



14504 Comments


ok, I'll see which one I can find first.

eggsvonsatan
December 6th 2007



1087 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

glad to see someone reviewed this!
good job!

rattlehead42147
December 8th 2007



1345 Comments


Thanks for the Jaco!

excellent review!

LifeInABox
December 8th 2007



3707 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You're Welcome!
And
Thank You!

rattlehead42147
December 8th 2007



1345 Comments


hey! we! should! put! these! at! the! end! of! every! word! from! now! on!

LifeInABox
December 8th 2007



3707 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Why

Vokills
April 16th 2008



109 Comments


i feel super gay asking this and i dont think this is the right place but how do i get a picture underneath my name when i post also, i cant post in the forums yet either (im new)

JAV
April 7th 2009



1883 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's not quite as breathtaking as the two following albums but this definitely has it's moments.

Jebull
August 7th 2009



1340 Comments


Mammoth is the PERFECT name for that song. Its HUGE!

Asiatic667
August 7th 2009



4647 Comments


wanting to check these guys out, but damn they're albums are expensive where I am

coneren
August 12th 2009



11110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The Woods is fucking awesome, I need more from this band

evilford
May 30th 2012



19994 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is awesome. The Woods might be the coolest thing I've heard them do

evilford
August 7th 2012



19994 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

bump

so good

CrimsonLies
December 31st 2012



1674 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Still haven't listened to these guys. I think I'll start here. Any other recs from them?

Digging: Echoes (UK) - The Pursuit



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