Pelican
Nighttime Stories


4.0
excellent

Review

by Confessed2005 USER (97 Reviews)
July 2nd, 2019 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A fine return to form, featuring a darker vibe than previous outings.

Many people, including myself, would say that post metal veterans Pelican haven't matched the quality of their first two albums with their past few releases. However, with this album, it is safe to say that a return to form is apparent, as Nighttime Stories proves to be quite possibly the best they've done in over a decade. Retaining all the qualities and quirks that made the band so likeable in the first place, Nighttime Stories delves into darker, heavier territory (exemplified in the title track) as well as balancing these heavier moments with ambiance and well crafted melody. Abyssal Plane even features some forms of blastbeat, further emphasising the fact that Pelican were more willing to experiment with their sound on this more than ever before.

From an atmospheric perspective, the band have got that covered as well. Opener WST sets the tone for the record nicely - a dark, brooding track that begins with acoustic guitar and swells of distortion in the background. Album highlight Full Moon, Black Water begins with gentle acoustics before throwing the listener into a barrage of sludgy guitar riffs. That is another thing that is notable about the album - this is a much more sludgy affair in comparison to previous works. Whilst the guitars are never pushing the boundaries in terms of technicality, the riffs are well written and sonically powerful. The quintessential features of post metal are evident throughout the album - masterful layering of sound, density and a dichotomy of heavy and soft. It can be said that the majority of the tracks are on the heavier end of the spectrum, which will delight many I'm sure.

Pelican can be proud to have released an album such as this. By combining everything that was present in their repertoire to begin with, as well the addition of new ideas and a dash of experimentation, the band have succeeded in producing a more than solid piece of sludgy post metal goodness. Easily their best in a very long time, I'd recommend this to anyone with a penchant for not just instrumental or post metal music but music in general.

Recommended Tracks

Midnight and Mescaline
[b]Nighttime Stories]/b]
Full Moon, Black Water



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WatchItExplode
July 2nd 2019


6896 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

About damn time. I think this is actually the best Pelican album.



* fix your brackets in the recs

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
July 2nd 2019


4810 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Great album

Digging: Elder (USA-MA) - The Gold & Silver Sessions

dustandnations
July 3rd 2019


115 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great riffs but most of all great songwriting, feels like more than the sum of its parts

zaruyache
July 4th 2019


21122 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

if i made a burger from all these riffs it would be six feet tall of burgers

Relinquished
July 4th 2019


40444 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yea it rules

budgie
July 4th 2019


11423 Comments


first

Sniff
July 11th 2019


5635 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Where did Pelican come from releasing an aoty contender?

Flugmorph
July 11th 2019


21173 Comments


i dont get this bands appeal

Pikazilla
July 11th 2019


1350 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

You probably haven't heard Fire.

jmh886
July 16th 2019


2375 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

yea i still don't get the lack of love for Forever Becoming. That's their best album in my opinion. But this is just as good, may surpass it for me. Riffs are strong and sludgy. Saw em play a couple new tracks live a while back and I knew the new album would be heavy. Awesome band.

withateethuh
July 17th 2019


264 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

*raises hand* I like forever becoming. I need to check out the remaster.

jmh886
July 18th 2019


2375 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

sweet. i honestly like the original better than the remaster, but it does sound more Pelican I guess. the original was really polished but I guess they weren't going for that sound.

Confessed2005
July 18th 2019


4847 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Forever becoming is like their third best album after this and Fire.

Digging: Shinda Saibo No Katamari - Saibogu

Relinquished
July 18th 2019


40444 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

austalasia >>>>>

Itwasthatwas
July 18th 2019


1619 Comments


I’ve got to find time to check this out

Kaiwaz
July 20th 2019


1856 Comments


holy shit I wasn't aware of this, listening now

Digging: Shinda Saibo No Katamari - Saibogu

DopeFiend
July 20th 2019


37 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

damn I thought sput would be giving this album way more love.

Kaiwaz
July 20th 2019


1856 Comments


this is sick omg

Confessed2005
July 20th 2019


4847 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah it is awesome.

Kaiwaz
July 20th 2019


1856 Comments


pos'd btw, almost done with this and it kicks ass



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