Pelican
What We All Come To Need


4.0
excellent

Review

by Flyboy USER (9 Reviews)
October 24th, 2009 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This is a record that must be listened with the volume knob high up and one that demands 100% attention.

Pelican’s fourth studio LP, What We All Come to Need is a strong, fiercely artistic record, from the very start. The albums opener, Glimmer, begins with some ominous, almost inaudible keys, and then explodes in some of the greatest riffs and patterns the group has written in their career thus far. The songs heard on What We All Come to Need change mood from happier, mellower passages to more livid and metallic passages almost naturally. It’s truly amazing when a band can give off so much emotion and energy without having the help of a vocalist. This is a record that must be listened with the volume knob high up and one that demands 100% attention. Doing so will provide such a rewarding listen and quite possibly earn a spot as one of Pelican’s defining moments in their career.

When the sessions for What We All Come to Need kicked off in the summer of 2009, the band decided to give the drums a much needed boost in the mix. As a result the record sounds absolutely beautiful and crisp throughout its 50 minute voyage. When compared to Pelican’s other works, What We All Come to Need deviates its self as a strictly guitar-laden album. The drums make a strong impact and connection with the listener on this album than on any other Pelican record. Songs like, Specks of Light and Ephemeral show off just what a talented and well rounded drummer Larry Herweg is. But Herweg isn’t the only one that deserves praise from this release. All members that make up the sundry sounds of Pelican are all in premium form here. The guitar duo composed of Trevor Brauw and Laurent Schroeder are arguably the most important members of Pelican and their contributions on this album are immense. Their deep and ethereal riffs on this record work really well with each other, much better than in past releases and serve a reputable force in heavy metal today. The album’s epic title track is perhaps the best representation of the two working flawlessly with one another. Aaron Turner from famed post-metal group, Isis makes a noteworthy donation to the album’s title track as well and makes the song an instant Pelican classic.

What We All Come to Need, serves as one of, if not, Pelican’s most accessible releases. In fact some singing is even heard on the albums ambitious closer, Final Breath. The song is just littered with genius ideas throughout the song’s progression and at the end it fades out into a drone eerily ending. An Inch Above the Sand gives off that classic, Pelican sound that their fans have grown to love. The endless numbers of riffs and hazy bass work in the aforementioned Specks of Light works so incredibly well that most people at the end will be left in admiration and wonder of just how beautiful the song works. Even if the album does sound catchy in comparison to other Pelican works, it does show off how unique this band is to instrumental metal today. In fact with the release of What We All Come to Need, some may even deem Pelican instrumental metal’s flagship band and serves as an impressive follow up to 2007’s, City of Echoes. In short, the songs found on What We All Come to Need are highly progressive, have a sludgy, murky tone and a perfect balance between light and dark. They leave a perfect snapshot of an instrumental band with virtuosity, diversity and soul, and one that shines bright on this release.

Recommended songs:
Sparks of Light
What We All Come To Need
Final Breath



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Athom
Staff Reviewer
October 24th 2009


17213 Comments


Good review. But did you just say that their drummer deserved praise? ummmm.....no

Digging: Inigo Kennedy - Vaudeville

Prophet178
October 24th 2009


6397 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I can't believe you have half a paragraph about how good the drummer is. He's the worst part of the band!!!

Listen to Russian Circle's Geneva to see how this is supposed to be done, then try and listen to this again.

Beauville88
October 24th 2009


222 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Decent review. Your paragraphs lack a little focus, though.



Flyboy
October 24th 2009


395 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hes good not great, but I think in this release he really stepped up in comparison to some earlier stuff. Post-metal has never really been about amazing drop jaw drumming anyways. Well at least what i've heard so far. Sorry if it seems like i am giving him intense praise in the review.

Prophet178
October 24th 2009


6397 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think he is still pretty bad on this one. He's better on Ephemeral. Listen to Ephemeral on the EP, his drumming there blows everything away on this record.

Photon
October 24th 2009


1292 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

drumming is average..but suits the record well...with iguess this is how they sound now

Mordecai.
October 24th 2009


8279 Comments


"Post-metal has never really been about amazing drop jaw drumming anyways."

Isis, Neurosis, Irepress, Cult of Luna all have amazing drummers. Compared to these, the drumming for Pelican is sub-par.

Prophet178
October 24th 2009


6397 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

And Russian fucking Circles.

Mordecai.
October 24th 2009


8279 Comments


and Russian fucking Circles

YouAreMySilence
October 24th 2009


3727 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Yah Pelican really needs a better drummer.

Photon
October 25th 2009


1292 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Rosetta has a good drummer as well

Relinquished
October 25th 2009


25054 Comments


Yah they do

UpperDecker
October 25th 2009


255 Comments


Did this leak yet?


Prophet178
October 25th 2009


6397 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, but its also streaming on their Myspace.

Wirertragen7
October 26th 2009


55 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I agree with this review 100%. I think Pelican is so misunderstood by so many people. People dont invest enough time in their music. Larry's simple drumming adds to the droney effect of the band and I would hate to see him get all technical like some of you suggest he should!!

Prophet178
October 26th 2009


6397 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's not that he isn't technical enough, he just plays the same patterns over and over and over again. His drumming is never locked in with the band, and when it is, it's overly repetitive.

Wirertragen7
October 28th 2009


55 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Well I like the repetition. That's intentional I believe. Haven't you ever listened to Earth? if you want something with more variation go listen to Russian Circles or something.

Wirertragen7
October 28th 2009


55 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I like both bands by the way....just for different reasons.

BrandNewBoognish
October 28th 2009


1021 Comments


It's obvious that they need a better drummer

natey
October 28th 2009


4170 Comments


why don't you go play drums for them



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