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Paper Champion
2 stars Coldness and massiveness of generating post-metal.

Pelican with this release was to show the world what they were going to do next, and they managed, though overacting a little. I cannot recommend taking this EP as an introduction to the world of Pelican due to its moist, dry, cold and hesitating sound.

This EP lacks beauty, gracefulness and melancholy (the main future Pelican’s traits and qualities) and any whatsoever sense. The overdistorted guitars may cause a headache inside your head, indifference of the music can leave you indifferent to this EP as well. Nevertheless, I did manage to find in this music a few sketches for a future development of Pelican. Introductory riff of Pulse is very similar to the main riff of Angel Tears; Mammoth, which attacks our ears with its slow, doomy, extra-heavy, almost unbearable riffs, is a gear shaping or even a kind of torment for a listener – some traces of which can be noticed in the Australasia album. Forecast For Today slightly distinguishes from the previous tracks – it is more energetic, but also very heavy, doomy, though contains some coherent and even interesting seconds which are worth listening to. The Woods are slow again, but only at the beginning; the middle section is quite diverse and the solo against a background of a cold riff at 9:00 is great – there you can find and enjoy a real Pelican, but, unfortunately, only for some minutes. Yes, there is a kind of climax at 11:00, but it is nothing if to compare it with the glorious climaxes and song developments Pelican would show us henceforth, with their next releases.

It’s a debut, so I have to be reasonable in rating this one. I cannot give it more than 2 stars just because it’s not a Pelican I love; it’s just an embryo of it. These indifferent riffs left me cold; moreover, the atmosphere here is not melancholic or sad, but depressive, bulky, though not angry at all! Playing the guitar with no emotions is unbearable.

Buy March Into The Sea EP or The Fire In Our Throats to find out what these guys really deserve.

If the album leaves me absolutely cold, I cannot call it a good one. 2 stars.

Paper Champion | 2/5 |


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