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Is this atmospheric metal band any good?

-Vest, Tuesday, 2 August 2005 18:06 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

yes. epic, riffy, and moody. the drummer is not your typical metal drummer.

cutty (mcutt), Tuesday, 2 August 2005 18:10 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I have one album (Australasia) and have heard one other (long-ass) tune on the radio. I think they're boring. The drummer is also boring.

However, one of my guitarist friends whose taste I respect really loves them.

Jordan (Jordan), Tuesday, 2 August 2005 18:13 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I've heard great things about Pelican, I think I'm gonna buy their new album.

M@tt He1geson (Matt Helgeson), Tuesday, 2 August 2005 18:13 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Yes. The 1st ep is the best thing they've done. New album is brilliant though. Much better than Australasia (which is still pretty good).

Last Of The Famous International Pfunkboys (Kerr), Tuesday, 2 August 2005 18:16 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

australasia rocks like a rock on a rocking chair. in a rockery. made out of sticks of a certain type of confectionery popular in northern english seaside towns and scottish capitals. "drought" in particular is just fucking awesome: eight minutes of riffular goodness.

i need to get hold of the new one, although i'm slightly concerned by reports of gypsy-style folk guitar and stuff.

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Tuesday, 2 August 2005 18:23 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

also: they are magnificent live. the guitarist playing all the muscular riffs is a tiny wee weedy bloke, which is very amusing. also: seeing them live i was surprised by how much of the riffage is actually bass guitar: the bassist takes centre stage, and seems to be the de facto leader.

i don't know very much about them, though, so perhaps someone could add something more enlightening here.

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Tuesday, 2 August 2005 18:25 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

also: i must stop saying "also", and maybe proof-read my posts before posting.

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Tuesday, 2 August 2005 18:26 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I love the description of Laurent as a "tiny wee weddy bloke." Spot on. Pelican are GREAT live, or they have been the two times I've seen 'em. I think the new record is certainly an attempt to translate that sound. For me, it's still: Australasia > EP > new record.

ng, Tuesday, 2 August 2005 18:42 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Grimly the new album is great. But surely you think the S/T EP is better than Australasia?

Last Of The Famous International Pfunkboys (Kerr), Tuesday, 2 August 2005 18:43 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw is a super title. But, is that why they don't sing?

mcd (mcd), Tuesday, 2 August 2005 18:46 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

if you want singing, listen to gospel.

cutty (mcutt), Tuesday, 2 August 2005 18:49 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

thumbs down.

sovietpanda (sovietpanda), Tuesday, 2 August 2005 19:05 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Nah, I don't really want singing, thx. But I wish it was called The Fire in Our Pants Will Beckon the Thaw.

mcd (mcd), Tuesday, 2 August 2005 19:09 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

still digesting the new one, but "Autumn Into Summer" is kicking all kinds of ass in my world right now. Laurent's DJ set at Intonation was great fun.

jonviachicago, Tuesday, 2 August 2005 19:53 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

But surely you think the S/T EP is better than Australasia?

cough cough embarrassed mumble hvn't actlly hrd it kthxbye.

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Tuesday, 2 August 2005 21:07 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I can send you a cdr of it if you like.

Last Of The Famous International Pfunkboys (Kerr), Tuesday, 2 August 2005 21:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

that's a very kind offer, thank you. however: if it's that good, i feel i should actually buy it. so i shall!

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Tuesday, 2 August 2005 21:26 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I recommend it thoroughly!
If you prefer vinyl a 2nd pressing has just been released.
CD copies should be easily found .... well you know what shops.

Last Of The Famous International Pfunkboys (Kerr), Tuesday, 2 August 2005 21:30 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

What really appealed to me about the album was how rough and natural it sounded. It sounds like a good band just rocking out together in the studio. No overdubs, no studio/Pro-Tools trickery. It was really refreshing. That said, I haven't listened to the album in a few weeks. I got tired of it fast. Certain hooks would stick in my head in an almost irritating way. I'll buy the album on principle next time I'm at the store, but I doubt I'll ever unwrap it.

ugly and mean, Tuesday, 2 August 2005 22:06 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I really really really like the new album.

Matos-Webster Dictionary (M Matos), Tuesday, 2 August 2005 22:58 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I don't see why The Fire in Our Throats is classified as metal. To me, it has none of the huge production or thick guitar sounds that I associate with the genre. The record instead sounds like it could have easily come out of the mid-90s indie scene.

57 7th (calstars), Tuesday, 2 August 2005 23:36 (thirteen years ago) Permalink


latebloomer: i hate myself and want to fly (latebloomer), Wednesday, 3 August 2005 00:06 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I wrote the only negative review of this album that I've seen so far, for whatever that's worth. I can honestly say that I'm glad that I'll never have to listen to it again.

Mr Deeds (Mr Deeds), Wednesday, 3 August 2005 00:24 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I have a feeling the reason so many people like the EP best is because a whole album of these guys is a bit much.

original bgm, Wednesday, 3 August 2005 02:27 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I like them. I haven't heard the new one yet, but everything else they've released I've enjoyed, so I can't complain about them.

I'm not going to say much about the "are they metal?" argument other than I think they are. Metal is a lot more than Slayer, Sabbath, or Priest, and if Earth is fucking metal, so are Pelican, and that's that.

Alan Conceicao (Alan Conceicao), Wednesday, 3 August 2005 02:49 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I need to check out their other band "Tusk".

Last Of The Famous International Pfunkboys (Kerr), Wednesday, 3 August 2005 06:33 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I have agree with Alan, they are metal - just not within the narrow, stereotypical definition of it. Funny, there was a story on them last week in the Chicago weekly where they were talking about how when they've played metal festivals they're frequently derided for looking like "emo nerds" rather than "metal dudes."

conch, Wednesday, 3 August 2005 13:05 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

wrote the only negative review of this album that I've seen so far, for whatever that's worth. I can honestly say that I'm glad that I'll never have to listen to it again.

-- Mr Deeds (ilxmember196...), August 3rd, 2005.


ugly and mean, Wednesday, 3 August 2005 16:06 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Enjoyable and epic as hell. They can be a bit much to see live (particularly if you're prone to getting tired/bored while high) or life changing. While I wouldn't say they turned me on to drugs, I will say that their brand of heaviness helped usher it in.

Tusk is crazy, heavy grind (or crazy-heavy, if you prefer) for those of you who've never heard them.

Steev (Steev), Thursday, 4 August 2005 06:56 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Australasia was one long epic snore of a record for me, I'm afraid. Not sure I can be bothered with the new one.

NickB (NickB), Thursday, 4 August 2005 07:21 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

It's better than Australasia and possibly as good as the EP.

There's about 30 seconds of guitar, maybe a third of the way through, that sounds like Enter Sandman!

DJ Mencap (DJ Mencap), Thursday, 4 August 2005 08:28 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
So I'm listening to the new album and...uh?

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 22 February 2007 21:17 (twelve years ago) Permalink

It's great!

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Thursday, 22 February 2007 21:30 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Mmm. There was some criticism of them somewhere (maybe here) that said they were just bad post-rock ten years on and I think that might have been justified. Certainly compared to the earlier stuff I'd heard through my sis this is kinda flat.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 22 February 2007 21:33 (twelve years ago) Permalink

the guitarist playing all the muscular riffs is a tiny wee weedy bloke, which is very amusing.

He is well and truly small, and I spent a couple months of 1997 envying his ability to wear drainpipe highwater pants so well and wondering if Canadians were secretly turning into elves. (I wish I could remember more about his pre-Pelican band, apart from the fact that they looked like Refused and appeared in a great Hal Hartleyish short film this guy at school made.) The muscular riffs were inevitable, though: when I was working at our local record store, he was keeping the world's biggest On Hold shelf of metal and prog, and getting ongoing recommendations on it from Dylan from Cheer Accident.

nabisco, Thursday, 22 February 2007 21:38 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I very much wanted to like them. Following a casual interest in the Tribes of Neurot and an abiding love of "stoner rock" in general, I was digging around in epic, gloomy dirge metal for most of the early 00s. Amidst this, I got snared by the hype surrounding "post-metal" (or whateve we're supposed to call this stuff). Pelican, Isis, Old Man Gloom etc. The Pelican records never lived up to the hubbub, though I like Isis' Oceanic & Celstial, love OMG's Seminar III: Zozobra.

At this point, I've decided that the whole approach just isn't for me. We're a bad fit, the post-metal and me. I get bored too easily. When I want smeary, drifty, psychedelic shoegaze metal (and I often do), third-wave black metal bands are giving me a lot more bang for the buck.

Pye Poudre, Thursday, 22 February 2007 22:02 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Amazingly enough, I bought the March Into The Sea EP only a couple of days ago! It's pretty damn good; I'm rather getting on a post-shoegaze trip at the moment, and the 20-minute title track is adequate for most of my needs.

unfished business, Friday, 23 February 2007 00:32 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I'm with Ned on this new album. I am entirely unfamiliar with them, but based on what I've heard I don't see any reason to look further. Did I just start at the wrong place? Is there something transcendent they've done before that excuses the snoozy, post-prog nothingness of their latest work?

I've been told by people I trust that I would probably like them, so I'm willing to give it another go.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 23 February 2007 01:25 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i loooooove the first EP. the rest i really haven't given a close listens to yet

latebloomer, Friday, 23 February 2007 01:47 (twelve years ago) Permalink

(Wait, Pye Poudre, who are you again? Still getting used to the new IDs here.)

Ned Raggett, Friday, 23 February 2007 02:37 (twelve years ago) Permalink

yah, like i said on the metal thread, new album way too boring for me. it's indie-rock! there is something to be said for sparing us the indie-rock vocals i suppose. i had never heard them before though. i'm guessing their earlier stuff was more "epic".

scott seward, Friday, 23 February 2007 05:01 (twelve years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

So I am being dragged (not unwillingly) along to see these guys live on Friday night. Am I likely to get into this? Esp with the above posts now expressing disdain at their recent work! (which really, whats wrong with it sounding like indie/postrock?)

Trayce, Wednesday, 3 October 2007 02:22 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I saw them about a year ago (might have been Dec 05 now I think about it) and enjoyed them an awful lot. Despite this, I've never got round to listening to 'City Of Echoes', which is where most of the criticism ^^^ is aimed so maybe that says more.

They were also VVVVLOUD when I saw them, probably the loudest band I've seen in that venue (and that includes Sunn0))) ). The bass drum was like being kicked in the chest.

aldo, Wednesday, 3 October 2007 08:42 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I'm pissed off at Hydrahead, they delayed posting the vinyls that we all pre-ordered saying there was delays, yet they still managed to get them to distros and shops? cunts. I guess they had our money so they were in no rush to send it as they wanted distro/shops money.

Herman G. Neuname, Wednesday, 3 October 2007 12:06 (eleven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Looks like these guys have a new label, not too surprised:

Pelican sign to Southern Lord

It is with immense reverence that Southern Lord Recordings announces the signing of Chicago heavy-rock instrumental icons Pelican. Their genre-defying sound and eagerness to explore new musical directions will fit right at home alongside similar bands on the label like Earth, Boris and sunn 0))). Pelican is currently at Red Room studios in Seattle, WA recording an EP that will be their first release on Southern Lord. The new material promises to be heavier, darker and very “riff-oriented” comments guitarist Trevor De Brauw. A very special guest guitarist who has been heavily influential to the band will be making a guest appearance more details to be revealed shortly!

In March Pelican will be touring alongside new label mates Wolves In The Throne Room, including a triumphant return to the South By South West music fest in Austin, TX at the Southern Lord showcase. Upon returning home Pelican will focus their sights on their 4th full-length album.

Pelican March/April 2009 tour:
*w/Tombs, Dredg
**w/Tombs, Wolves In The Throne Room

3/15/2009 The Picador - Iowa City IA *
3/16/2009 Riot Room - Kansas City, KS *
3/17/2009 The Marquee - Tulsa, OK *
3/18/2009 Scout Bar - San Antonio, TX * plus Tricky
3/19/2009 Vino’s - Little Rock, AR **
3/20/2009 Elmo’s - Austin, TX @ SXSW Southern Lord Showcase w/Eagle Twin, Black Cobra, Wolves In The Throne Room, Wino, etc.
3/22/2009 Red 7 - Austin, TX **
3/25/2009 The Sets - Tempe, AZ **
3/26/2009 The Casbah - San Diego, CA **
3/27/2009 The Troubadour - West Hollywood, CA **
3/28/2009 Slim’s - San Francisco, CA **
3/29/2009 Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR **
3/30/2009 Nightlight - Bellingham, WA **
3/31/2009 Neumo’s - Seattle , WA **
4/02/2009 Club Vegas - Salt Lake City, UT **
4/03/2009 The Marquis Theatre - Denver , CO **
4/05/2009 Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL **


ilxor, Thursday, 19 February 2009 17:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

lol @ "it is with immense reverence" i love how they're all southern lord about everything

guest gwitarist =?

contenderizer, Thursday, 19 February 2009 17:39 (ten years ago) Permalink


System Jr. (Mackro Mackro), Thursday, 19 February 2009 17:42 (ten years ago) Permalink

i'm glad to see Dredg is still around

Whiney G. Weingarten, Thursday, 19 February 2009 17:47 (ten years ago) Permalink


ilxor, Thursday, 19 February 2009 17:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

Dear Lord, why???

ilxor, Thursday, 19 February 2009 17:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

saw 'em last night and was surprised they did so much stuff from
'the fire in our throat will beckon the thaw'
tho they totally ruled

Anton Levain (jdchurchill), Saturday, 13 March 2010 19:31 (nine years ago) Permalink

my nex still sore from head bangin

Anton Levain (jdchurchill), Monday, 15 March 2010 22:05 (nine years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

New album streaming on the Pitched Fork:


Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Wednesday, 9 October 2013 09:46 (five years ago) Permalink

five years pass...


StanM, Friday, 12 April 2019 14:57 (two months ago) Permalink

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