Pelican
Pink Mammoth


3.5
great

Review

by Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration USER (56 Reviews)
December 20th, 2010 | 14 replies | 6,303 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Joyful oppression

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Whether you enjoy them or not, there is no denying that Pelican is one of metal's least consistent bands. Whether it be the oppressive sludge of Australasia, the bleak post-rock/metal of The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw, or the bombastic riffage of City of Echoes, Pelican seems to constantly shift styles and influences. However, all of their music has a tendency to invoke a blanket of bleak oppression upon the listener.

Their little-known 2006 EP Pink Mammoth does little to alter their music’s density and its suffocating feel, but what it does change is the band’s tendency towards bleakness or darkness. Here, Pelican has taken Mammoth (from their debut EP), one of their darkest and most suffocating tracks, and crafted it into a track that retains the original’s density but throws away all notions of darkness and replaces them with light and happiness. Pink Mammoth is instantly recognizable as a remake of the original, but its conversion into major key means that instead of crushing the listener’s ears with darkness it crushes his mind with light and joy, and its guitar tone and production brings to mind the post-rock influenced The Fire In Our Throats… more than it does the heavier Australasia. It’s the yin to the original’s yang. It’s dense with happiness instead of darkness, and it crushes with hope rather than with hopelessness.

The EP’s B-side, End of Seasons (Prefuse 73 remix), is an 8-minute ambient piece that is a mashup and remix of Aurora Borealis and Untitled, both from The Fire In Our Throats…. It’s not as memorable a track as the EP’s title track but it does what it’s intended to do well and more than deserves a listen. In the end, this EP isn’t an essential piece of Pelican’s discography, and is more for diehard fans and completionists than it is for casual listeners. However, while it’s not essential, it remains a fine piece of music, and the EP, especially the title track, is a must-have for anyone seeking a change of pace from Pelican’s usual bleakness.



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wyankeif1337
December 20th 2010



6739 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

short review for a short EP. this might even be too long.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
December 20th 2010



10585 Comments


You're a good writer, and show a lot of promise....that's why I wish you'd change your name :/

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wyankeif1337
December 20th 2010



6739 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

bro, I try. the sync between this and my forum profile is jacked, I can't get an avatar or a name change here. it's kind of annoying.

eternium
December 20th 2010



16304 Comments


Interesting concept to turn a minor key song into major.

wyankeif1337
December 20th 2010



6739 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it works.

Relinquished
December 20th 2010



24444 Comments


the bleak post-metal of The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw

get the fuck out of here, how many times do I got to say that's it's not completely post-metal. It's just like Russian Circles, the post-rock parts completely outweight the metal.
However, all of their music has a tendency to invoke a blanket of bleak oppression upon the listener.

idk man This Fire..., most of City of Echoes, and What We All Come to Need are pretty happy sounding records, but if that's how you feel.

wyankeif1337
December 20th 2010



6739 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

up-tempo, yes. i wouldn't describe them as explicitly happy, though.

Relinquished
December 20th 2010



24444 Comments


some of the songs on those records aren't up-tempo

eternium
December 20th 2010



16304 Comments


General consensus is that playing in major key is what makes Pelican different from other bands that they are similar to. They have plenty of uplifting songs.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
December 21st 2010



10585 Comments


I may pick this up, sounds neat.

Powerban
December 21st 2010



2380 Comments


Pelican and myself have a very big love/hate relationship.

I'd enjoy them more these days if i magically forgot about some of the best sludge tones on songs like Drought and the euphoric build up in Last Day Of Winter, i'm sure... but i'm not fucking magic and i don't want to.

Their crisper, "refined" sound needs to gtfo.

Wizard
December 21st 2010



19231 Comments


Excellent review and I will be getting this.

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JAV
December 21st 2010



1921 Comments


I'm still not sure what i think of this EP.
Totally not helpful at all.

Photon
January 7th 2011



1292 Comments


good review man



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