Sound — 6
The second release from Chicago based instumental quartet Pelican, "The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw" is an exercise in slow build tension and release, with more then half of the songs eclipsing the 10 minute mark. Pelican takes their time in developing these epics, tediously building and plugging away until all their energy is released upon the listener. Pelican has a sound of their own, heavy slabs of distorted guitar, broken only by the twin guitar lines that run parallel and slice through the sonic chaos with lead harmonies, all supported by a solid rhythym secion in drums and bass. It is unusual that this style of music goes without vocals entirely, but for the most part, it works. man is it heavy though. Rivaled only by acts such as isis and meshuggah, the down tempos and crushing guitar riffs cause filling up all the air with deep, dark tones. The drum and bass work are standard, nothing really out of the ordinary, but nothing that seems to fall behind the cues of the music. The rhythym section keeps up and does it's part, but it isn't really anything special. Be warned however, this music is not for the impatient. Upon the first couple of listens it is a difficult album, due to the nature of the music and the lack of vocals that usually compliment it. It can become tiresome after a while, with most of the songs reaching over 10 minutes, and vaguely redundant, it just takes some patience to get though. overall, the sound is good, but the songs to tend to drag on far too long and repeat themselves too many times.
Lyrics — 7
There are no lyrics, and hence no vocals, in this band due to their instrumental nature. The lack of a vocalist sometimes hurts this record however, because the songs are quite long and having no vocalist to break the tension, or for that case help create it, cause most of the songs to drag on and feel bloated. A vocalist would help, but isn't really neccasary.
Overall Impression — 6
I can't reccomend or discourage you from buying this record completely, as it is a good album, just one that requires the listener having a great deal of time and patience to spend on it. Once you do get through it, it's a rewarding listen, with the heavy, slow burn style songwriting and chaotic climaxes in which the songs just cave in on themselves, unable to maintain their boundaries. It is a good album from a good band, and I have a feeling that once the small things are fixed and the songs are condensed into tighter ideas instead of bloated ones, they have the potential to achieve greater things.