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Experimental/Post Metal

3.43 | 58 ratings

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2 stars Rather disappointing from a band claiming to be "a f*cking triumphant band".

The Neurisician mold of bands have always inspired me, with their disregard for conventions and love of incredible riff structures. From Oceanic, to Australasia to everywhere else these bands have traveled, there has always been a quality to them that makes them more than the mere onslaught of their riff abilities and transcends them to an artistic force.

Here I see confusion, and most importantly, wimpiness, a term neither of these bands have ever been associated with. The tracks do not have the feeling of raw, brutal energy that made songs like Angel Tears beautiful and poetic, but rather instead seem sophomoric and underdeveloped. This is something I'd expect from Explosions in the Sky, not from Pelican.

This is not to say that none of the tracks are without merit, however, if one was looking for an interesting experience in the field of progressive metal besides the big name bands, this album I would not suggest, as it leads itself more towards regression than progression in the band's sound.

OpethGuitarist | 2/5 |


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