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Experimental/Post Metal

4.20 | 29 ratings

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4 stars So, after four or however many years I've been on the PA, I've finally decided to start doing reviews. I'll start with what I'm currently blowing into my face through my speakers.

I really despise a lot of "post-" things because of the minimalistic dreariness, but I've always been semi-partial to Pelican, because I've always been partial to heavier, sludgier types of music, which is exactly what Pelican is giving us here: heavy, sludgy... but wait, there's more.

"March Into the Sea" starts of with awesome heaviness, and actually one of the best heavy riffs I've heard in quite some time. The initial riff really trudges along, leading my imagination to create a scene of men with heavy, tired feet marching on into a stormy sea. Soon, the rest of the band will join in on the fun, and I especially love the sharp guitar in the mix that pulls against the previously stated heavy riffing. And from there it continues in its heaviness for several minutes, and then ventures into the post-metallic. Beautiful guitar interplay coupled with powerful drumming and driving bass. This goes on for a few minutes, until double-bass drums start pounding your face back into your cerebellum, seemingly from out of nowhere. After said beating, the drums go solo except for a few ambient guitar notes. Guitar comes in more, and gets more post-rock-ish, but it isn't boring at all. No, it's really quite beautiful while still retaining previous energies. Then, more heaviness, but this time it is suffocating. They're suffocating me with a metaphorical rope of musical heaviness with the density of an elephant's trunk, but then they stop. They forgive me for whatever wrongdoing I've done to them, leading them to beat me so harshly; they present me with soothing ambiance and a few strummed acoustic guitar chords. This ethereal music goes on for some time, and at some point a flautist pops out of nowhere and starts blowing it into my ear, but it's kind of nice. I'm a fan of Jethro Tull, so, whatever. Then it just kind of... slows down and ends. I always hope for a better ending, maybe one last punch in the face, but no matter how many times I listen to it the end never satisfies me. But that is okay, because this epic as a whole is very satisfying all together.

The remix of "Angel Tears" I find to be very annoying. I skip past it every time, even though that's it. There's nothing after the remix. It's too abrasively electronic for me. But, I guess, if remixes are "your thing" then you'll probably enjoy it. It sounds like a dreamier, electronic, more annoying version of the original "Angel Tears" (which is the song that got me into Pelican).

I'll give it 4 out of 5 stars, because why not? It's not just good, it's good enough.

colorofmoney91 | 4/5 |


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