Pelican
Ataraxia/Taraxis


3.5
great

Review

by David Driver USER (80 Reviews)
May 6th, 2012 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: When It comes time to fight or flight, Pelican does…a little of both.

Silence is a killer. Usually when a band releases an album to lukewarm praise and proceeds to hide under a rock for the next couple of years, it often spells outright doom. Needless to say, it was a pleasant surprise to see Pelican release an EP virtually out of nowhere, after touring lightly and not making the slightest peep after releasing their comme ci comme ça What We All Come To Need in 2009. Does the band’s latest effort, Ataraxia/Taraxis regain some of their composure, or does it continue down the road of mediocrity?

According to the band, Ataraxia/Taraxis was recorded over multiple sessions in several different recording studios, which initially worried me about the offering’s cohesiveness, something that What We All Come To Need sorely lacked. Thankfully, the songs don’t suffer from this type of collaboration, and the EP kicks off beautifully from the first song, “Ataraxia”, which sets a nice, dark tone for the rest of the EP. Featuring deep acoustic guitar pickings and a gurgling, sinister background, “Ataraxia” harkens back to the old Pelican days of setting up an atmosphere to envelope the listener in.

But the real show starts with the next track, “Lathe Biosas”, which is easily the standout track of the bunch. Very much in tune with their straight-forward City of Echoes style, “Lathe Biosas” progresses beautifully and houses a bunch of slick riffs, including the groovy, off-kilter riff near the end. Up next is “Parasite Colony”, which has the signature Pelican crawl to it, chugging along slow and steady with a tremendously powerful feel. Finally, the closer, “Taraxis”, starts off will a chill, groovy 9/4 acoustic guitar line before tastefully fading into a sombre center, complete with background acoustic scrapes, keyboards and sleigh bells. But from there, sadly, What We All Come To Need tendencies creep in, and the song morphs into some sloppy mess, and limps across the finish line.

Feeling the need to tell fans that, yes, they’re still alive, Ataraxia/Taraxis seems more like a reassurance than an actual full-on effort. While the songs here, for the most part, call upon the styles that have made them successful in the past, there’s really nothing here to signify that any thought was put in to evolve their sound, to build on some new influences to make an improved effort. While Ataraxia/Taraxis is a successful release through and through, I have just a sneaking suspicious that this was the band’s swan song. Not really a full-on effort, but not really wanting to lie down and die, it just feels like when Pelican had to decide to fight or flight, they ended up doing a little of both with Ataraxia/Taraxis.



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Beauville88
May 5th 2012


224 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I hope no one minds a little fourth grade français.

EDIT: Eeeehhhh screwed up some song titles. I'll change it when sputnik allows me to. What a rookie mistake!

StagnantWords
May 5th 2012


318 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Good review, I was gonna do this as my second review but found it difficult since I neither liked it, nor hated it.

CaptainDooRight
May 5th 2012


29891 Comments


Sounds like this be a waste of time checking out

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kingsoby1
Emeritus
May 5th 2012


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

no actually this is really good. cant wait for the LP

DoubtGin
May 6th 2012


6752 Comments


cover screams techno

don't really expect this to be good, they have been pretty poor for quite a time

AsoTamaki
May 6th 2012


2525 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

the first song, “Taraxis”

“Altaraxis”

Lol, yeah. You sure did screw up the song titles. Good to see this review though. Awesome EP.

AsoTamaki
May 6th 2012


2525 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

1. goth core 16 up, 76 down

cross between goth and hard-core music...
A.F.I ( afireinside)
by fast eddy Feb 16, 2004

I've no idea what you're talking about and that's the best I could find on google.

Wizard
May 6th 2012


19508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review. And I guess I'm in the minority when I say I love What We All Come To Need.

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MichaelSnoxall
May 6th 2012


12163 Comments


And I guess I'm in the minority when I say I love What We All Come To Need. [2]

Relinquished
May 6th 2012


25199 Comments


I love WWACtN, it has some of their best songs on it. There's been nothing lukewarm of the praise I've seen for it since it's better than City of Echoes.

"I have just a sneaking suspicious that this was the band’s swan song"

they're gonna continue after this for sure.

coneren
May 6th 2012


11111 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

wolfe is great

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
May 6th 2012


6487 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's a pretty good ep, I enjoyed it.

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Photon
May 6th 2012


1292 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I gues i am in the minority when i say i love EVERYTHING by this band

Relinquished
May 6th 2012


25199 Comments


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Maniac!
May 6th 2012


26250 Comments


Very skeptical about this, but I'll check it out eventually.

eternium
May 6th 2012


16338 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

What We All Come to Need is an awesome album. I don't understand why some people don't like it. Pelican may not be the band they used to be but they're still solid.

Graveyard
May 6th 2012


5747 Comments


digging Taraxis atm

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Graveyard
May 6th 2012


5747 Comments


that acoustic guitar on that track is orgasmic

kingsoby1
Emeritus
May 6th 2012


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is their best work since the fire in our throats

kingsoby1
Emeritus
May 7th 2012


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

On a boring scale of 1-5, where 5 is the most boring and 1 is the least boring, I would give it a 2.



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