Pelican
The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon...


4.5
superb

Review

by Karl V.H. USER (85 Reviews)
September 27th, 2009 | 51 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Instrumental post-metal that reaches for breathtaking heights and ends up reaching for the stars.

Lets just get this out of the way; vocals are 90% of the reason why music fails. For the most part, generic song structures and half assed attempts at mimicking tunes couldn’t save your band if your vocalist was an atrocity to the human voice and you were the last band on earth. Vocals in music are a very primitive, fundamental tool but I feel that great vocalists in any genre are about as rare as the chances of Led Zeppelin ever getting back together. A harsh view indeed of practically the only human quality left in modern music today. However, with that statement in place, Pelican showed us through Austrailasia that they can bring a raw, human quality to their music with only the use of a guitar, bass, and drum set-up without the glossy, over produced style that most bands flourish in. The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw is a step up from that without sacrificing those primitive tools that truly know how to move us. Pelican’s explorations into textual and layered effects, draped over charging song structures, hit the right spots and will have you begging to take the journey again after one listen.

When viewing the entire sub-genre, post-metal usually relies on atmospheric touches to sturdy the backbone of its songs. While Pelican utilizes this approach to great effect, they also rely on a more “jam session” feel that really carry the songs forward, melding the two together into a succinct attack. This concise amalgamation of the two styles leaves not one standout position, but rather allows the band to work as a complete unit for the entire duration of the album. Breaking this point down further, Pelican are extremely meticulous in mapping out these passages of atmosphere and raw “jam session” musicianship. The listener will notice that when the band wants to open up into more spacey territory, beautiful clean guitars lend a helping a hand with moving the listener into blissful terrain. When the band wants to pound you over the head, precise riffing takes the forefront and completes the peak/ valley effect that is scattered throughout the album. This is particularly noticeable when the band moves in and out of these loud/ soft dynamics with ease in such cases as the appropriately titled “Last Day of Winter” blossoming right from the get-go, taking a step back and then crescendos its way into the first light of spring. In the case of this song and the rest of the album, the band doesn’t particularly enjoy jarring the listener with the ‘drop-of-a-hat’, loud to soft dynamic that other post-metal acts use to death. In fact, the band creates transitions so smooth that the listener be knocked to their feet and inevitably, will miss half of the album. It’s only when the album is spun again that the songs begin to open up and branch out into vast soundscapes of raw musicianship that move the listener into multiple emotional settings throughout the duration of a single song.

And it’s that very reason that makes Pelican stand head and shoulders above most of their contemporary instrumental musicians. Meandering and doodling around with pretentious soundscapes is not what the band represents; they represent what it takes to write a memorable song that is simply like riding a roller coaster for the first time. Instrumental music can be a tough pill to swallow, especially when you’re new to the entire genre. We were all raised on vocal driven music with its simplistic song structures and it’s no surprise that instrumental music will never dominate the mass majority. Leaving this comfort zone can be tough but can also be a rewarding adventure. Pelican’s dynamic song structures on The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw are all that needs to be said here.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Wizard
September 27th 2009


19524 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I would like to dedicate this review to a girl who really opened up my eyes to what this band was trying to do. Thank you if you read this.

I know this review has been done before but Dancin’ Mans review was horrible and Altmer wasn’t up to par with his rating (sorry dude hahaha).

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Chewie
September 27th 2009


4532 Comments


great review, been wanting to get into some black metal, perhaps this is the place to start.

YouAreMySilence
September 27th 2009


3727 Comments


I think its about time I give this a listen.
I bought City Of Echoes on a whim, and I lost it like the day after but I really don't care haha.

Prophet178
September 27th 2009


6397 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I found this release pretty boring. I really like the direction they are heading with Ephemeral. The songs they have released off their upcoming record seem like they are heading more in that direction, so I'm really pumped for when it's released.

Did you check out Russian Circles' Geneva yet?

Prophet178
September 27th 2009


6397 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

been wanting to get into some black metal, perhaps this is the place to start.


Is that a joke lol?

Relinquished
September 27th 2009


25219 Comments


A girl got you into this? For me, it's usually the other way around. "I didn't know music without a singer can sound so beautiful", one said so happily. I love this band, got me into the genre.

Poet
September 27th 2009


5935 Comments


Oh shiznit, Karl is bagging on other users lol.

Good review though. This is another band I need to look into.


Crysis
Staff Reviewer
September 27th 2009


16440 Comments


Haven't heard this. Pelican is hit-or-miss with me but I'll give it a shot. Good review.

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Prophet178
September 27th 2009


6397 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A girl got you into this?


Yeah man, post-rock is such a dude-fest.

EasternLight
September 27th 2009


2700 Comments


i love what im reading here. girls lol.

Relinquished
September 27th 2009


25219 Comments


I get girls to listen to this, so soon post-rock won't be such a sausagefest

Prophet178
September 27th 2009


6397 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Relinquished: Helping the post-rock community one girl at a time.

Relinquished
September 27th 2009


25219 Comments


And they're not that bad looking, some hot ladies. Girls loving the ethereal sound while watching the sunrise with yours truly in any Florida beach

Wizard
September 27th 2009


19524 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great review, been wanting to get into some black metal, perhaps this is the place to start.

Ummmmmm I don't remember mentioning black metal in this review hahaha.

I leave for 20 minutes and you guys are already spamming up the review. Jk, thanks for the compliments guys!

A girl got you into this?

Ain't no ordinary girl.

Oh shiznit, Karl is bagging on other users lol.

She isn't a user here hahaha.

Relinquished
September 27th 2009


25219 Comments


I don't know but something on this is keeping me from giving this a 5. Probably because it's not good enough to be a 5.

Wizard
September 27th 2009


19524 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hahahah state the obvious much? The thing that holds me back from giving this a 5 is that the album isn't long enough. I WANT MORE!

Relinquished
September 27th 2009


25219 Comments


Hell Yeah!

Mordecai.
September 27th 2009


8279 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is such great review, and i agree with every point.

and lol black metal

Photon
September 27th 2009


1292 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review .album is great ..

Poet
September 27th 2009


5935 Comments



She isn't a user here hahaha.


lol I'm talking about this.

I know this review has been done before but Dancin’ Mans review was horrible and Altmer wasn’t up to par with his rating (sorry dude hahaha)




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