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Launchpad [Issue #16]
Pelican:
By Mandana Beigi
The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw (CD Hydra Head)


Although many have attempted to label and/or categorize this Chicago quartet in various genres, Pelican’s music is a sound that doesn’t really fit into any existing genre.

Pelican has restored instrumental composition to its former glory with a crisp sound that doesn’t come off sounding dated or just plain boring. They’ve created this amazing space somewhere between electronica, acoustic, rock, and even metal; but, it’s really a sound that eschews tradition and brings out the unconventional side of instrumental music in the most enjoyable form.

In 2003, their four song demo (independently recorded and mixed for a mere $300) took over the Windy City’s underground scene and they went on to ride high in various national and international music charts with their debut album Australasia (Hydra Head, 2004). The band mesmerized the audiences at the SXSW Music Festival in both 2004 and 2005 and in All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival (UK) with their unstoppable power in live performance. They soon began working on what is now their first wide release full length album, The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw.

On their new album, Pelican introduces yet another instrument to the mix: acoustic guitar - not in the sense of a Gypsy King-ish flamenco acoustic guitars, but more on the subtle side. “Last Days of Winter,” “Aurora Borealis,” and “March to the Sea” are some of the most striking tunes on the album. There are enough crushing riffs to satisfy your primal metal needs, abstract experimental sound to keep it all so unpredictable, and just the right type of melodies to spice things up.

Who would have believed that one day a new style of metal will arise; one that fades away the strong vocals and go heavy on the instrumentals!?


The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw
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Pelican The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw


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