Pelican CD review by Howard Wuelfing

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Pelican CD review by Howard Wuelfing
Jan 28, 2008, 05:43

Pelican - City of Echoes

PELICAN City of Echoes CD

I've wished there was a way to erase the vocals from a metal album on more than one occasion. As galvanizing as heavy music played with massive wallop, hypnotic repetition and astute riffery can be, the lead singers are almost always the weak link. They whine or grunt or swagger, and always mouth lyrics that would comprise exhibit “A” in an argument in favor of mandatory sterilization of large segments of the world's population.

This is an ace solution: Pelican are an instrumental metal band and an excellent one at that. Most songs are cannily arranged mélanges of chunky riffing alternating with more lyrical passages and a pointedly melodic lead line often blazing o'er top the more assembly-line clunkety-clank segments creating space and depth and sense of forward motion. Further, there's welcome variation amidst this formula as well; some tunes are more melodic and delicate still while others are yet more brutal and simplified. The end result is thoroughly charming AND crushing. [Hydra Head]

-Howard Wuelfing

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