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Two polarized sides of Pelican emerge on its Ataraxia/Taraxis EP. One side is on the two title tracks, which bookend the expertly paced effort with experimental flourishes and candlelit chords (well, candlelit until they burst into phoenix-like flames in the climatic final moments of "Taraxis"). The other side features the more familiar scorched-earth scores that claw their way through the record's chaotic core. The band doesn't seem to be battling an identity crisis a decade into its career, though; the marked contrasts that drive this well-balanced disc simply sound like four longtime friends who are still willing to toy with everyone's ideas. Which makes sense when you consider their geographic differences (guitarists Trevor de Brauw and Laurent Schroeder-Lebec have remained in Chicago, while the brothers Herweg—drummer Larry and bassist Bryan—now live in L.A.). Their various side projects are equally divergent, from the focal drone points of Chord to the Tool box that ÆGES pulls its proggy cues from.

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Beautiful concepts

Once again, Pelican shows that thinking man's metal need not be made by pretentious prog bands or virtuoso shredders, providing fascinating concepts, such as Ataraxia, which is a sublime state defined in Greek philosophy, doing it justice with a sublime track, and then lathe biosas, a concept by Epicurus meaning "Live unnoticed", particularly ironic since that track stands out most on the album. It's strange, lately I've been detecting the sludgier, more ambient, more creative, riff-wise, Pelican on their EPs, but then the LPs have been inconsistent. Hopefully the next full length is a cross between TFIOTWBTT and WWACTN. The riffs and general feel of Lathe Biosas is extremely positive and bouncy, something great to longboard to, ataraxia is the spacey track you can get lost in, Parasite Colony hearkens back to the heaviness of Drought, just without the harder, extremely minor key metal of Dead Between the Walls, and Taraxis is hard to explain, yet easy to appreciate. An EP which instills optimism in me for the future of this band, once more seeming their triumphant and focused selves, even split between four cities.


Frickin' love Pelican!!! They are the only instrumental band that I really like. "Lathe Biosas" is a killer track. "Parasite Colony" is pretty killer too. "Taraxis" is pretty good as well. If you don't own the Pelican CD-"What We All Come To Need", I highly suggest getting it. It's a great CD. Pelican please keep cranking them out and I'll keep buying them.

Great stuff..

I love the fact that all these instrumental bands are out now. I always wanted to have an instrumental metal band but for years I heard from everyone that it wouldn't work. I know now that I should have went on and did it anyway cause these guys, Animals as Leaders, Blotted Science, Bongripper etc. have all proved you don't need a vocalist to write killer metal..


Formed: 1998 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The secretive instrumental art metal outfit Pelican was formed in Chicago by guitarists Trevor de Brauw and Laurent Lebec, as well as bassist Larry Herweg and his sibling drummer, Bryan. Owing a great debt to pioneering forefathers Neurosis and often compared to Boston's Isis, Pelican coincidentally also found a home at Isis mastermind Aaron Turner's Hydra Head Records. After making their debut with an eponymous four-song EP in 2003, Pelican expanded their epic, otherworldly trance-metal with 2003's...
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  • $3.96
  • Genres: Metal, Music, Rock
  • Released: Apr 10, 2012

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