Weak effort for the most part. Lathe biosas is the highlight by far, mirroring efforts of their past, however the remainder is very weak, depending on atmospheric overtones with little else going its way.
This is quite a short EP, but is this is an indication of the direction pelican is going, I'm excited. This feels like a true evolution of the bands core sound. The songs may not long but they don't suffer from lack of length. Taraxis is the standout and took me by surprise. Its unlike anything the band has done before.
Despite a few dead spots including the lethargic ambiance of opener "Ataraxia", and to a lesser extent, the gratingly dissonant acoustic guitar melodies meddling with "Taraxia", Pelican is in top form on this EP. The majority of the 17 minutes, bolstered by powerful doom riffing, a heavy atmosphere and overall tight musicianship ranks among the band's best work since The Fire in Our Throats. It's a concise and penetrating listening experience that shows why Pelican is still one of post-metal's elite.