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Experimental/Post Metal

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars This is PELICAN's first full length album, and it was much anticipated after the release of their critically acclaimed EP. Well they didn't disappoint.

"Nightendday" opens with barely audible sounds for a minute until the riffs of doom arrive. The dark and heavy soundscape is like a dark and stormy night with thunder. The song does break off on a tangent 6 minutes in but comes back with more heavy riffs. 8 minutes in we get another change as bass and drums dominate. Nice. Post-Rock style guitars arrive before 11 minutes. "Drought" is probably my favourite along with the title track. It's slow moving with doom laden riffs. The song does accellerate as tempos continue to change. This is a good head banging tune. "Angel Tears" offers up more sludge.The song seems to get better until 6 1/2 minutes in when it really kicks ! The last few minutes could have been removed to make the song better.

"GW" is a tribute to Gary Weber. It features BLACK SABBATH-like riffs, although it's not as dark as earlier songs, in fact it's almost hopeful. "Untitled" opens like the first song very quietly. We then get some strummed guitars and electronics. "Australasia" opens with craggy riffs that slowly pound the listener into submission. The song accellerates before 2 minutes as the tempo continues to change. Out of nowhere we get a one minute calm, an acoustic passage 4 minutes in. This is like the eye of the hurricane, so you know the tail end of the storm is about to hit hard. And it does as we are absolutely crushed.

You can't go wrong with either of their first two studio releases,although I prefer the next one slightly over this one.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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