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Australasia

PelicanAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 4, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hydrahead Records
  • ASIN: B0000CFY9H
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,891 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Nightendday
2. Drought
3. Angel Tears
4. GW
5. Australasia

Editorial Reviews

First official full-length by Chicago art-metal instrumentalists features 6 tracks. Hydra Head Records. 2003.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Post-Metal. [4.5 stars] October 6, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Pelican is a very talented new band from Chicago. The more I listen to this the more it sounds like a metal version of Explosions in the Sky, the instrumental post-rock band. They have many similarities including long, ever-changing songs and shifting, intertwining melodies. The few soft parts on this album are even more similar to post-rock. But the metal side also reminds me, and most other people of Isis, minus the vocals, which is a fair comparison I think. This is a very raw and authentic sounding album, being their first full-length. If I had to say which Isis it was most similar to I'd say Celestial. So fans of Explosions of the Sky AND Isis, like me, will have a good time with this CD, even though it's not really better than either of those bands. Maybe they will live up to them someday. There are six songs on this album and four are around the 10-minute mark, the other two being a lot shorter.

Many songs sound threatening or scary but some softer parts sound relaxing and delightful. "Drought" might be my favorite track; it's a heavy, sludgy mess (in a good way) that continually progresses through different movements and ideas. The first part of it is menacing and brilliant and will probably lure you in. "GW" is in memory of Gary Weber, I don't know who that is, but this is the shortest song on the album and probably the most melodic heavy song. The song entitled "-" is totally un-distorted, it's a relaxing and soothing break from the chaos. It's very nostalgic sounding, with an ever-so-slight tinge of country, and sounds like it could be on a Godspeed you Black Emperor album. It also contains a "singing saw," I didn't know saws could sing but it's very good.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pelican's Most Complete Album February 12, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Pelican's career is an interesting one for me. Being both a fan of post-rock and sludge/stoner metal (call it what you will), they often hit the spot perfectly. Their debut EP quenched my unabashed desires for monumental heaviness, sounding reminiscent of the most thunderous Isis or Neurosis climax, and the two latest releases ("The Fire In Our Throat..." and "City Of Echoes") are more geared towards the post-rock fan in me. Ultimately, I like these albums for different reasons. "Australasia", on the other hand, manages to combine these aforementioned qualities rather splendidly. It can whisk me up into ethereal places with its progressive post-rock styling, but equally, it can take my face off with outrageously powerful grooves.

Opener "Nightendday" is a perfect example of this. The song showcases airy, gentle, almost ambient moments - then there are typically Pelican melodic chord progressions - and then it is all shattered down with huge monolithic doom riffs. Perfect. And the rest of the album tends to follow suit. There is the utter groove-based sludge metal throughout "Drought" (quite possibly Pelican's most brutal and endearing piece to date) contrasting to the beautiful melodic strumming of "Angel Tears" and the serene acoustic untitled piece. The band really balances the album, giving just enough moments of splendid tranquillity to combat the monolithic heaviness. It is for this reason that I feel "Australasia" is Pelican's finest album to date. It manages to combine all the other standout elements of other releases, making it their most interesting and varied release. Fans of bands such as Isis, Neurosis, Mogwai, Red Sparrowes, Old Man Gloom etc will enjoy this.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent example of where metal should go March 8, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I have grown tired of metal. I admit, I don't look as hard as I could for good metal, but that's because I like so many other genres as well. Here's the story:
A couple friends convinced me to come see Appleseed Cast at the UW Union. I say convinced because I despise almost all emo, and I won't say all given the small chance of something I've never heard being good. So after the opening emo-ish band I was expecting something less than great from the next band. Their image- I'll admit- was a little confusing, with tight t-shirts, tight jeans, and short hair, they looked a little, dare I say...emo.
During the soundcheck they confused me even more by playing totally clean guitars; then I noticed their amps: one had a Sunn and one had Mesa/Boogie. Any guitar player knows these are not amps made to be played clean, so where was the distortion.
I believe they opened with "Drought" (the best track on the album)and my head immediately started to bang. I have never experienced such intensity, and after the show I frantically tried to locate their selling stand. I bought Australasia, and listened to it. All of it.
I won't try to come up with adjectives to describe it; I'll just say two things: 1, the album captures their live show perfectly, and 2, buy it.
By the way, I left about 10 minutes into Appleseed Cast's set.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real headbanger June 5, 2007
By V.D.M.
Format:Audio CD
Pelican's Australasia is an experience worth going through. Fans of atmospheric metal and sludge will absolutely die for this album. Fans of ISIS will also like this band, though the presence of vocals might throw them off. There are rocking riffs, evil melodies, and a sense of impending doom that will swallow you up and not let you get out. Definitely one of the best instrumental albums I have ever heard.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous
- Why I Listened to This Album

I had previously purchased their Untitled and City of Echoes albums, and enjoyed both. Read more
Published 1 month ago by C#
5.0 out of 5 stars Pelican's heaviest album
This was Pelican's first full-length, and it has a fully realized sound -- basically slow, Sabbath-style riffing blended with progressive complexity -- that deserves the title... Read more
Published on May 17, 2012 by Autonomeus
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Pelican Record
My favorite Pelican album is Australasia. It may not even necessarily be their "best" (might have to go with What We All Come To Need on that one), but it certainly is my favorite... Read more
Published on April 8, 2012 by Francis
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album at it's best
Being 180 gram, 2 LP, alternative album art, and gatefold sleeve, this record is one of my most prized vinyls. Read more
Published on January 27, 2012 by Naota101
3.0 out of 5 stars Taking flight
Debut LP wasn't quite up to the polished personality they would evolve into but was certainly enough to warrant further investigation. Read more
Published on February 25, 2010 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars excelent
Excellent Album. I'm a tough critic who only listens to good albums/cds and this one qualifies. i listen to tool, APC, radiohead, pantera, metallica, and german heavy metal. Read more
Published on November 1, 2006 by Mike Termaaten
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully heavy
If Chris Cornell sang over these tracks, you'd swear it was Soundgarden.

Heavy, melodic, and definitely hypnotic.
Published on August 10, 2006 by Clark Slomin
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money
There is a reason why you cannot listen to any tracks on Amazon- you wouldn't buy if you could. I read a number of reviews and figured that it was worth a try given that Metallica... Read more
Published on June 30, 2006 by C. Beck
4.0 out of 5 stars Modernmoshgazing (4/5)
This year appears to be the time my body will make the sudden transformation from young to old. It's an event I was hoping would hold off for at least another few years, but I'm... Read more
Published on March 16, 2006 by M. Starr
3.0 out of 5 stars Unimpressive instrumental "metal"
This is the first CD I've purchased from Pelican and because it sounds like an instrumental amalgam of Slayer, Isis and Kyuss without the guitar or drum chops, it will be the last. Read more
Published on March 14, 2006 by Chet Fakir
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