Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw
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Vinyl, September 17, 2013
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don't know why it's taken me so long to get around to reviewing The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw. Read morePublished 16 months ago by MinustheGirl
Good album. Great music, production value wasn't great and didn't transfer well to vinyl. Was overall as described tho so I'm happyPublished 16 months ago by Rich
Red Ran Amber on repeat will get you through anything.
Get a cold day, a hot drink, some time to think, and let Pelican beckon the thaw of your heart. Read more
Pelican is an instrumental group, and so much like Isis that you’d think they were the same group. Seems like they’re not, although I’m not quite convinced.Published on October 5, 2013 by Surferofromantica
I expected a lot from these guys. I've bought a few from them and this just didn't have the memorable melodies and hooks I am used to. Very mediocre cd from a very good band. Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by Tom D. Clarkson
I remembered listening to a couple of songs from this album some years ago, but never purchased it. I really just bought this album for the heck of it. Read morePublished on September 21, 2012 by Nathan D. Burnham
I love this record. If you're a Pelican fan (which you probably are if you're even reading this) and you don't have this record; just buy it. Read morePublished on October 19, 2010 by Trenton
I like to dream. Many people do. Dreaming, asleep or awake, is an opportunity to explore the imagination. Read morePublished on October 17, 2008 by ceffalo