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Pelican - Australasia

Hydra Head, 2003, CD, CD Digipack, Loads of coloured vinyl versions

This could attract some indie kids who want to listen to hardcore/metal but don't like the vocals. Why? Because there are no vocals here. It's 6 long tracks of instrumental epic sounding metal.

Each track, apart from the title track, drives along building up these layers of heavy distorted guitars and thick sludgy rhythms, ebbing and flowing, creating these expansive landscapes of sound.

They do it well and it creates an ambience that follows each track - real swathes of heavy sound and some deep melodies that are mainly dark and despondent, although at times uplifting. They have an ability to touch universal themes that affect us all.

By the time we are onto the title track which is a sad sounding instrumental, I am in the depths of winter, alone and soul-withered, only listening to this, feeling like some giant cosmic death is going to happen and that failure has occurred on all levels, and now its just a sad end to everything and to anyone I ever cared about.

Reviewed by indigo on 07-01-2012

Keywords : instrumental post-metal experimental metal noisecore sludge metal

This record rated by users : 2.236 ( out of 5 ) from 19 votes.