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Review: Pelican, What We All Come to Need

Heavy.  I mean really, really heavy. Heavy guitars, heavy bass, heavy drums.  Heavy.  You get the idea.

Pelican is a four man (guitarists Trevor de Brauw and Laurent Lebec, bass player Larry Herweg and drummer Bryan Herweg) out of Chicago.  On What We All Come to Need they are joined by a number of guest musicians for a mostly instrumental rock set with an extreme emphasis on immense heavy timbres.  This is some variant of metal music although I have no idea what kind as I listen to very little of this kind of thing.

For all the thunder this band produces the music on What We All Come to Need is surprisingly melodic.  There are times when guitar chords come crashing down and it seems like this is what it must feel like when Godzilla steps on your house (in a good way) but threaded in the mix is a melodic guitar riff that draws the listener into the song.  It’s not all about bombastic demonstrations of technique with these guys and the touches of melody, simple as they often are, serve to enhance by contrast the tumult that surrounds them.  Pelican makes music that is both bludgeoning and enjoyable to listen to for the non-metalhead.

All of the sturm und drang results in music with most of it’s content in the lower frequency range.  I would imagine this kind of stuff is a bitch to mix if you hope to keep all of the instruments from disappearing into a murky sludge.  What We All Come to Need is fairly well mixed with a good amount of discernible separation among the instruments.  The soundstage is somewhat narrow however and more individuality could be given to each of the instruments if they were given more room.

The songs on What We All Come to Need share similar arrangements, timbres, rhythms and chord progressions so that for someone with my limited exposure to this kind of music they all begin to sound the same relatively quickly.  However, until you lose interest What We All Come to Need is a highly entertaining album.

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03/30/2010 - Posted by | CD reviews, music, music reviews | , , , ,

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