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Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Last Day of Winter
  2. Autumn Into Summer
  3. March to the Sea
  4. Red Ran Amber
  5. Aurora Borealis
  6. Sirius


Product Details

  • Vinyl (September 17, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Hydra Head Records
  • ASIN: B00EAZYLJM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,416 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This. Is. Amazing.

Anyone even the least bit into music can appreciate this simply amazing album. There are no vocals, only instruments that carry the listener across waves and waves of beautiful sound. This is my first Pelican CD, before this i never took much notice of them or their name..but after hearing the hype for this album and reading how great it was and that it's (and the band is) similar to bands like Neurosis, Isis, Cult of Luna..i thought i just had to get it to really understand what people were talking about.

The tracks on this album are nothing short of awesome. All of them, at least to me, conjur up a sort of emotion..be that sadness, a sense of determination and even reflection on anything. It's a CD you could listen to while overlooking the ocean from a great view, for example. It's that beautiful and melodic. The song "March to the Sea", was originally 20 minutes long on their "March to the Sea" E.P that came out just before this album..unfortunately, (And it's probably the ONLY downside to this album) it's cut down to around 10 minutes here.

I think for most people hearing this, it'll take a couple of listens to fully grasp what's going on. It did for me, at least. This album should not be missed by any fan of Pelican, or by anyone who is into instrumentalism. Pelican are extremely talented, and deserve alot of respect. This album is absolutely 5/5.
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I recently discovered post-metal, and having listened to quite a bit of it I can say that this is a classic of the genre. THE FIRE IN OUR THROATS WILL BECKON THE THAW, released in 2005, sounds like Godspeed You! Black Emperor with metal riffing. It's 58'46 of cinematic, mainly tragic-sounding, instrumental rock. Overwhelmngly electric, there are some effective acoustic guitar passages that add texture.

Pelican's particular blend on this album clearly reflects GY!BE in the length and serious tone of the "songs," but without the Steve Reich/minimalist repetition. Another important influence is psychedelia -- Track 6, "Aurora Borealis," sounds like it could be from Amon Duul II's Wolf City, which is an excellent thing, by the way. TFIOTWBTD made excellent listening on an hour-plus commute before dawn in the Fall of 2011.

At this point Pelican, based in Chicago, was still on Hydra Head, the L.A.-based label run by Aaron Turner of Isis. Turner designed the album art, which depicts a world in the process of melting, even including little molecules of CO2. Global warming/climate change seems to be the apocalyptic setting for Pelican's music, and that sense of impending doom is stronger here than on any of their other albums. The title seems to cryptically reference this as well, "fire" bringing a "thaw," though exactly what "throats" have to do with it is not clear.

THE FIRE IN OUR THROATS is an essential post-metal recording.
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More like four-and-a-half stars

This album is blissful metal from second one to second last. There are two things that hold this back from a five, both of much-less-than-catastrophic import: 1) The drummer and bass serve as back-up to the brilliant guitar interplay of Laurent Lebec and Trevor de Brauw, serving to make them something of an afterthought (still, certainly not the only excellent band to operate on such a template); 2) Nothing quite manages to approach the invigorating breath of Odin to the synapses that is "March to the Sea," which is a career-defining opus by any honest critic's account.

And really, I adore the rest of this album. The album starts out bristling with "Last Day of Winter," a refreshing blend of doom chords, serious guitar harmonizing, and melodic (!!!) feedback. Every song on this album is quite strong. Little can prepare a listener for "March to the Sea," even after the cajillionth listen. It starts out dirgey, perhaps the best instrumental approximation of Nordic hordes marching to battle where the fjord meets the ocean I can envision in my ear. And then it continually morphs into something else and something else and something else. Really, in the end it might be a good thing that the drums and bass lay back a little. It's not as if drummer Larry Herweg comes close to resembling any sort of slouch. Around the seven minute mark of "March" he does some very evocative cymbal work, making them sound as if they are being played backwards, though they are not. This isn't the kind of rock where everyone shows off at once. Indeed, nobody really ever shows off at all (the album has no true solos). It is all an ambient adventure. Done with the instrumentation of a traditional metal band. Sounding not in the least traditional.
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From thundering avalanches of sound to soft, glistening melodies, Pelican's 'The fire in our throats will beckon the thaw' is a perfect, and very dynamic album.

Sure this is not as 'heavy' as previous releases.. but heavy is definately not what Pelican is all about. Pelican is about soundscapes.. and the soundscape painted with this release is a of grandoise scale. It seems to capture the ocean-like swelling sounds of newer Isis, but is less repetative and more entertaining.. even without vocals. Yes the repetition is still there, (as always will be with 'soundscapes') but there is more 'variety' to the repetition if you will. I know that doesnt make a whole lot of sense, but you have to listen to this masterpeice in order to understand. This is not only a very atmospheric piece, but it is also very cleverly crafted in the sense that nothing sounds out of place, overdone or overly accented.

An entrancing journey to say the least.
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