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Pelican The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw

1. Last Day of Winter 2. Autumn Into Summer 3. March Into the Sea 4. [untitled] 5. Red Ran Amber 6. Aurora Borealis 7. Sirius
2005 Hydra Head Records
Our score 9


Only a handful of bands are capable of writing full, cohesive albums. More times than not, a typical offering by any band in the heavy music scenes is nothing more than a collection of songs (if even that), that are loosely held together by pathetic instrumental or noisy passages that shouldn't be in the recording in the first place. The end result is similar to a child's school art project; a ridiculous mess of macaroni haphazardly held together by too much Elmer's glue. On the other hand, when a band truly does create an album that is one solid entity, not only is it immediately noticeably better than other albums, but it has the power to last much longer that its peers and ultimately be remembered as a classic recording that is listened to continuously through instead of for a killer track or two. With their newest full-length, The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw, Pelican just may have accomplished this rare feat. It's a shame that Pelican are usually lumped into the same vein as bands like Isis and Neurosis just because they are similar stylistically (slowness, heaviness, etc.); Pelican are a different breed than the previously mentioned bands, and definitely offer something different musically on this newest release. While their first self-titled EP had the same crushingly heavy feel of Isis or Neurosis, their last full-length Australasia, though still similar, started to change somewhat. Things weren't as constantly heavy, and a distinctive sound was beginning to emerge. The March to the Sea EP, especially thanks to the Justin Broadrick remix, certainly began to show the creative direction in which Pelican was headed, and further separated the group from lazy comparisons of other like-minded groups. The newest offering is even one (or a dozen) steps further than previous releases. The Fire in Our Throats will now allow people to say, "That band sounds like Pelican," instead of the other way around. Containing seven tracks (four longer tracks and three shorter ones) The Fire in Our Throats is absolutely epic from beginning to end. Even though much of the overt heaviness is gone when compared to their previous releases, Pelican still makes the quiet moments seem powerful and intense much the way Red Sparowes or newer Neurosis does. The longer tracks (including a version of March to the Sea that is somewhat shorter than the EP version) tend to retain much of the characteristic instrumental heaviness that Pelican has become known for, though it is now more interspersed by acoustic parts and slightly faster tempos. The shorter songs are generally lighter in feel being more acoustic than distorted electric, though again, nothing is lost in terms of intensity or sheer power. Many different musical influences can now also be heard in the lengthy passages of Pelican's songs. For instance, certain parts of the song "Autumn Into Summer" sound uncannily like HUM. Bottom Line: Pelican have indeed created something special with The Fire in Our Throats. They have reached new levels of creativity and musicianship. If the pinnacle of their career is yet to come, then we will see something in the future that has never been seen before. For anyone who says that Pelican, and instrumental groups like them, are boring, too long, too slow, or not exciting enough, then you are certainly dead. This album holds your attention as if it has a spell on you.


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battles_ 8/4/2005 11:25:21 AM


anonymous 8/4/2005 11:27:08 AM

plirst smost

anonymous 8/4/2005 11:27:45 AM

moh pluck hy midnt het plirst dost

ChemicallyImbalancedSloth_ 8/4/2005 12:32:41 PM

Very appropriate rating

yeast infection_ 8/4/2005 12:38:39 PM

thank god there's no flute on this album

Cory_ 8/4/2005 12:56:37 PM

I kinda saw this coming. Haven't heard the album yet. Don't know how much I really want to.

zyklonbeaarthur_ 8/4/2005 1:04:08 PM

Yes, I am 'certainly dead' because I find this sort of pretentious scarf-and-sweater 'metal' boring and overlong? nah brah, I just like my metal brought with hairwhips and circle pits. This shit is for napping.

jack mama_ 8/4/2005 1:22:32 PM

great review... great HUM reference

Mattapooh_ 8/4/2005 1:25:54 PM

Really good record, but this reviewer loves the hyperbole

ChorisAxia_ 8/4/2005 1:48:33 PM

I think zyklonbeaarthur is mistaking Pelican for The #12...

ZyklonBeaArthur_ 8/4/2005 1:53:53 PM

No, #12 is third-rate "look at how many time changes and wacky shit I can put in one song that really can't be called a cohesive song!" shit. Pelican is the type of slow overblown and overrated tripe that pseudo-intellectual scenesters listen to and say its 'smart metal'...booo on "The Dicks In Our Asses Will Beckon The Lube" and its like. They come here with other tripe in the STL (creepy crawl) soon, I want no part of that...

ChorisAxia_ 8/4/2005 1:56:32 PM

Fair enough dude. I'll hand it to you that Pelican is jocked by way to many people who really don't know what they're saying other than repeating the thoughts of everyone else around them. But on the same note, I enjoy Pelican for what it is, nothing more.

Mike_ 8/4/2005 2:21:05 PM

This is boring and there are only so many spots in the world for this kind of music. Honestly, what is its reach?

retch_ 8/4/2005 2:24:49 PM

wah wah wah. great musicians, great cd

Michael_ 8/4/2005 2:28:14 PM

I agree with the score, pretty good review too. Though the final comment about "not getting it" is a bit high-n-mighty.

evil gyro_ 8/4/2005 3:01:37 PM

yup. good shit

mitsivurg_ 8/4/2005 3:17:09 PM

oh my god. this gets a 9 and the new BDM gets a 7? lambgoat has the WORST reviewers. first off, pelican's drummer doesn't know what a f*cking time signature is. and secondly, they lost the dark sound they've had on their past records. once there became a buzz about them, they ruined it.

WeedySpecies_ 8/4/2005 3:28:01 PM

9/10? i dont think so....its a good album, but thats a little high.

Fenton_ 8/4/2005 4:15:31 PM

Wow. 9/10 is way overkill and the reviewer sounds like a d-bag.

anonymous 8/4/2005 4:27:37 PM

did you guys really expect anything less from this review? of course its almost a perfect album, cause its art gay bullshit...meanwhile everything with a breakdown is crap and doesnt deserve your time...FACT: if a band has breakdowns, then they are given shit ratings on this site.

panzer_ 8/4/2005 4:33:02 PM

"For anyone who says that Pelican, and instrumental groups like them, are boring, too long, too slow, or not exciting enough, then you are certainly dead. This album holds your attention as if it has a spell on you." - HAHAHAHA!. NO.

wearyourwounds_ 8/4/2005 5:22:40 PM

album of the year.

atticus_ 8/4/2005 5:32:21 PM

this one is weak compared to everything else they've done. i still like it, and certain parts are really awesome, but it's a bit of a letdown overall. after numerous runs through the album there are still only a couple tracks that stick in my mind, and the rest is just sort of a blur. it also bugs me when a band puts out a really awesome song on a stop-gap EP and then recycles it for the full-length where it turns out to be far and away the best track. i still love these guys, but this is ab

dimmak_ 8/4/2005 5:51:17 PM

this is a great album. if you find this music boring or annoying, oh well. like the music for yourself and not for what other people think of it. if you find your opinions growing disjoint from the reviewers at, then simply pursue other resources, because you definitely will not sway a reviewers taste in music. even if you deem it bad taste... and that shirt you are wearing is totally retarded you f*cking gaylord.

matt_ 8/4/2005 6:04:03 PM

Pelican doesnt need breakdowns, or silly tempo changes or any other trendy crap to make it good. Pelican can inspire many different emotions in one song if you listen to with an open mind and great imagination. People who give this album shit only are intersted in ripoffs of bands like Pig Destroyer and Nasum...

Mudhoney_ 8/4/2005 6:53:22 PM

I'd say 8/10, it comes out with 3 songs in a row of the best stuff they have ever made, then lets you down towards the end just a little. Their best cd yet as far as consistancy though.

xdxmx_ 8/4/2005 7:09:57 PM

not a suprising score... but they deserve it!

rob_mcfeters_ 8/4/2005 7:11:26 PM

this is a very good album. anyone that says Pelican's drummer sucks, needs to see them play live, or listen to Lair of the Minotaur.

ChemicallyImbalancedSloth_ 8/4/2005 7:28:51 PM

"oh my god. this gets a 9 and the new BDM gets a 7?" New BDM got a 7 because it deserves a 7.

anonymous 8/4/2005 8:31:18 PM

Yup, this band is boring.

thereapersson_ 8/4/2005 8:32:00 PM

It's alright. For most people, chugging breakdowns and growling vocals are all they need in life. The rating might be a little high, but it's still a little refreshing to hear something different every now and then. *waits for lambgoat trolls to strike him down*

mitsivurg_ 8/4/2005 10:22:53 PM

"this is a very good album. anyone that says Pelican's drummer sucks, needs to see them play live, or listen to Lair of the Minotaur." Pelican's drummer sucks.

xtroyx_ 8/4/2005 11:43:51 PM

great review. i haven't heard this release yet, but i've been listening to the march into the sea EP so much. my anticipation grew immensely reading this review. can't wait.

din_ 8/5/2005 12:04:43 AM

good album. drummer does suck tho

dukes_ 8/5/2005 1:10:12 AM

of course this gets a 9... lambgoat sponsers a tour including bands that would regularly get a 3/10, 4/10, 5/10 rating... but then they'll jock einsteincore like pelican, isis, and whatever the f*ck else there is.

dukes_ 8/5/2005 1:10:36 AM

this is one of the most biased websites for heavy music. Lambgoat might want to consider dropping the hardcore/metal thing up on top since they constantly hate on it.

thereapersson_ 8/5/2005 2:11:51 AM

The only f*cking reason they "dog" on most of the hardcore/metal out there is because everything f*cking sounds like everything else out there. About 80 percent of the time, your album of the week is probably generic garbage and deserves the rating it gets.

Coley Thrash_ 8/5/2005 4:49:11 AM

f*cking amen, zyklonbeaarthur.

shoebag_ 8/5/2005 7:00:54 PM

Is this record for tattoed jocks to shoot up steroids and lift weights so they can Kung Fu fight at shows too? NO. Is this a well produced, well written atmospherical metal album? f*ck yeah. Potheads will love this, I know I do. For fans of Isis, Godflesh and Godspeed! You Black Emperor.

anonymous 8/7/2005 10:43:48 AM

Very appropriate rating posted by ChemicallyImbalancedSloth ( on 8/4/2005 12:32:41 PM agreed

grudgecityhxc_ 8/7/2005 8:30:44 PM

not as good as australasia. that is a 9/10, this is a 7/10.

mike_ 8/8/2005 1:49:04 AM

i love this album, but i'll take Australasia over it any day. see Pelican live, because they're amazingly loud and heavy.

Last_one_in_the_Noose_ 8/9/2005 1:23:14 AM

Don't listen to the asshats above me. Best pelican album ever. 9/10 is the correct score for this one.

Josh_ 8/10/2005 12:12:52 PM

Good CD. What I find funny is that she spends 3 paragraphs pretty big on this review, but on the In Pieces she can't be bothered to write much at all. Sorry but you need to quit reviewing.

Lukecubed_ 8/13/2005 9:08:10 PM

I hope everything with a breakdown gets a bad review on this site. That's because breakdowns are overdone and easy and have been since the early 90's. Rehashed chug-a-chug bullshit is great if you like that sort of thing but stop bitching on Lambgoat from seperating out the clones from the bands that are actually trying. Thank God for Pelican.

hxc0148_ 10/12/2005 9:08:37 AM

oh no...where are the chugs and blastbeats? what? there are none...well shit, thius shit sucks. f*ck, what happenes to music fans that they get so locked into their one genre of music until their complete elitists and come across as worst than hot topic kids. We can only hope and pray that all these f*cks obtain bad cases of fecal impaction and asphyxiate on their own fecal matter. album of the year...hands f*cking down 10/10

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War Drum_ 12/8/2005 2:09:00 AM

Fantastic f*cking album. I'd give it a 8/10. Not their best work, but still great. Biggest flaw: shitty f*cking drummer.