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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Harsh, 7 Oct. 2006
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Tom Chase (London) - See all my reviews
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Really, this album isn't much else than raw and harsh instrumental metal. Yet I find myself so compelled to it. As other reviewers have repeatedly stated, it's heavy. Lord is it heavy. Not heavy in the sense of crazy blastbeat drumming and super speedy guitar licks, its just loud, droning `walls of sound', created by the monumental guitars.

In relation to other more recent Pelican releases, this album is a lot heavier and far less ambitious. You wont find the gorgeous acoustic passages found on the latest (and might I add superb) `The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw'.

The album's pinnacle point, the 13-minute climax of `The Woods', is outstanding. It leaves me feeling like a wobbly sack of human inertia when it has finished. The sound is huge, the buildups are tense and executed perfectly, the changes in riff and mood come in perfect timing...this song is stunning.

The rest of the album is solid, can't really complain, but `The Woods' is worth the money alone.

I read a reviewer claiming the band sound like they're `stuck in one major chord'; I'm not sure what this person is trying to say. For one thing the band certainly don't seem `stuck' to me, and as for major chord? This is an absurd criticism as the band clearly doesn't play one repeated chord, maybe this person meant...major scale...or major key...but then once again they would be wrong, as no song on this album is in a major key.

This album is simply harsh, full of towering guitar riffs and chord progressions that never tire. If you're a fan of post rock, check this one out.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If it was physically possible for mammoths to make music..., 22 Sept. 2003
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As a fan of virtually everything released on HydraHead over the last few years i was very much looking forward to hearing this EP..i was not disappointed in the slightest! from the moment the feedback squeal that opens 'Pulse" subsides to make way for some big slow strums it becomes abundantly clear that this record is gunna sound BIG!! the pure size of the record doesnt let up until the moment it ends! this is probably the biggest sounding record i have ever heard, the whole thing is one constantly heaving groove that effortlessly pulls off constantly uplifting melodies while never sacrificing any of its groove or suffocating heaviness! if i had to compare this band to anyone it would have to be Isis but, there are still enough twists, turns and musical subtelties to keep Pelican holding their own ground in the stoner/noise/groove playground. The songs on this Ep would probably kill you if you saw the band live!! Buying the cd would probably be a safer move!
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...and on the eighth day, God chilled to Pelican..., 22 Mar. 2005
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Paul Wright "Leicsbred" (Leicester, England.) - See all my reviews
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...he looked at all he had created, had a chuckle at the funny animals like Horse with their long stupid faces and voles etc and wondered what to do now. He has created over 7 incredibly busy days a world for people to live and breathe, to destroy and maim etc and now God needed some "God-time". After grabbing a beer out of the fridge he sat down in his favourite chair and generated a band to entertain him. this band he called "Pelican" after the loose chinned bird he took such great delight in creating for his amusement.
so God created Pelican, Pelican created this EP and now we can all listen to music by a band created by God, for God and the result.....
Godly.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If it's good enough for God..., 15 July 2007
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D. Lane (Paignton, Devon United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Hi this is the Devil, met with God on the 7th day to call him names but he seemed distracted listening to his Godly made sennheisers. He glanced over and got me to have a listen - expecting angels and heavenly boredom God turned out to be surprisingly, interestingly dark! I dish this EP out to all hell newcomers, I've even had an angel sneak in for his copy - bloody cheek! I'm not all that bad I just love the heavy riffing - go get it!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Groovy., 13 Sept. 2004
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This is GOD. If you havent already got this you need it. Its a big great vocal-less doom sludge type thing. That grows on you with every listen. I cant explain just how huge this is. The guitars sound so huge the riffs are the size of entire universes. The thing is as well is that there is subtlety in there its beautiful. With out a doubt get your hands on this. If its true that this is a limited release make sure you are among those few and blow big raspberries at every one else.
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