PELICAN – Sometimes a four song EP does a Metal mind some good, especially when it’s as good as Ataraxia/Taraxis from the heavy Post-Instrumental band known as Pelican. All four songs I’ve listened to on this EP are rich with tonal vibrancy that weaves Stoner, Doom and Hard Rock, with spacey smooth, synthetic ambience added into the creative mix as well.
Pelican entertains so eloquently and craftily with their instruments, that vocals could never be applied to their songs without ruining the experience. There are moments I’ve encountered where Pelican can take me on that trip where the vibes are early Black Sabbath and Uriah Heep cassettes being blared at maximum level, on a hazy Summer’s day, from an old school boom box. In other words, within the swirls of their impressive musical fluency, Pelican plays it with some crunchy retrospective flare.
The Doom isn’t Pentagram, it’s more like Peligram. The Stoner isn’t The Sword, instead it’s Pelican flirting with the feel and rhythm of that genre and unveiling it within their songs as a shadow that doesn’t go unnoticed. Heavy (not like molasses) and diverse in sound, Ataraxia/Taraxis comes with solid production while not being anywhere near over-polished.
The Heavy Metal riffs are all here, the thick wall of Metal sound reigns supreme on Lathe Biosas and Parasite Colony. All four songs just come across to me as strongly written and so well executed. The end result of Ataraxia/Taraxis, for me, is a damn cool listening experience from the instrumental genius of Pelican.
* Ataraxia/Taraxis releases on April 10th, 2012, via Southern Lord.
Trevor de Brauw
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LONG LIVE PELICAN.