Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Pelican Crank It Up

Pelican's new EP Ataraxia/Taraxis is of such colossal metallic and rifftastic proportions that how they kept the whole thing under a half hour and on one CD is beyond me. Pelican have churned out so many seminal post rock metal influenced records, like this one, I lost count somewhere around 2003. They just seem to have this innate ability to turn on, crank it all up to 11 and just go. And go they do at a disappointingly short four songs Pelican waste no time in slaughtering everything in their path with downtuned guitars, sludgy riffs, pounding drums and a sense of impending doom.

Ataraxia/Taraxis is a ridiculous statement of power riffs gone mad. Pelican are so good at what they do and create such intricate massive tunes that it's really kind of hard to believe they can reign in their guitar workouts to under five or six minutes. This is post rock for post-metal fans and contains so many chords, tempos, and melodies often at one time that it's amazing these guys don't have carpel tunnel syndrome. Ataraxia/Taraxis is awesome stuff and the kind of thing no self-respecting fan should be without.

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