Pelican
March Into the Sea


3.5
great

Review

by Dancin' Man USER (40 Reviews)
May 6th, 2005 | 10 replies | 5,852 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


3 of 3 thought this review was well written

This EP is excellent. As a predecessor to the yet to be released full length (June '05), it gives us a sample of one of the tracks and a remix of Angel Tears off of Australasia. Let me simply say that this is worth hearing. The emotion that pours out of your speakers is amazing, especially when it can be heard without a vocalist. After Australasia I expected either more superb instrumental metal or a big disappointment. I am not disappointed. This is so listenable it blows me away. The layering, the writing, the textures, the blending the everything is perfect. The atmosphere set is mindblowing. Ranging from post-rock to a thundering spilling of thoughts and feelings.

The title track is apparently supposed to be a double length version of the same track to be released on the next full length. I wish they wouldn't cut it short there because every moment of March into the Sea is worth hearing. The way they were able to incorporate differnt instruments from piano to flute to acoustic guitars to what sounds like it could be almost mandolins blows me away. Yes they maintain their heavy pounding ultra melodic assaults but then they add more. The dynamic here is great because they have learned how to present a softer side since Australasia, that being the biggest disappointment off of that album. The songwriting has clearly developed and though they may be beign a bit self indulgent releasing a 20 minute song, I think they know it.

Angel Tears is good once again but different, most certainly not as good as the original. Justin Broadrick (Jesu, Godflesh) certainly adds somethign to it though. I dislike the addition of many new electronics as they seem to get a bit more repetitive than Pelican is. Jesu works very well with it's repetition but Pelican does well playing off of a theme and constantly changing pieces and that is not shone well here. I will therefore not really consider this track any fault of the band's, but more Justin Broadrick doing his thing. Unfortunatly, it is the weak side of the album. It isn't bad, just not as good as what it was. If this album were just March into the Sea, I would have to give it a 4.5/5 but I simply cannot do that with the addition of this decent, but outshone remix. Thus, a 3.7 is what I want this to get as 3.5 feels just a tad too low and 4 just a tad too high.

Listen to this, but also listen to Australasia. Both are great. If Australasia had the songwriting on it that is demonstrated in March into the Sea, I would consider it one of the best albums ever made. Instead, I sit eagerly waiting the release of their next full length album as I now have no doubt it will be their finiest work to date.



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Dancin' Man
May 6th 2005



719 Comments


Listening to Pelican is cool.


br3ad_man
Emeritus
May 6th 2005



2125 Comments


Pelican are good, nice review. I look foward to the next album.

Happymeal
May 13th 2005



330 Comments


Good review, I will look into this soon.

Arrakakaka
July 29th 2005



685 Comments


Nice review.

I got the new one! : . Should I review it?This Message Edited On 07.29.05

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
September 14th 2005



4927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I just bought this, march into the sea is amazing. I love it sooo much. Oh and it cost me 6$ so it was totally worth it. I don't even bother with the remix. Sort of like the Isis remix's which I do not care for as much as their actual songs. It's really like listening to the Meshuggah song "I" and pretending there's only one track on the CD

4/5

Serapheus
April 13th 2006



251 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

March Into The Sea is amazing. OMFG amazing!!!

JAV
April 12th 2009



1934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

One of the few songs that are 20+ minutes that I listen to the whole way through.

Jebull
August 7th 2009



1340 Comments


This is seriously immense! My favorite Pelican song.

evilford
June 8th 2012



22378 Comments


is this worth getting if I already have The Fire?

Digging: Afflicted - Prodigal Sun

bassasaurus
October 21st 2012



8 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes. Get this album. It will melt your face.



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