Pelican – March Into The Sea (Hydra Head)
When it seems like most albums coming out today are packing in thirty or so minutes of music across ten to twelve tracks, Pelican comes in with a single, March Into The Sea, that has thirty-four minutes of music across only two tracks. Two earth shattering tracks of non-stop glorious metal.
The title track takes us on an odyssey that builds furiously across the first twelve minutes and then subsides for the remaining eight. The dichotomy between hard and soft evokes emotions once fueled with fury eventually settling into a quiet resolution, with the tension of anger always remaining just beneath the surface. “Angel Tears” is remixed by JK Broadrick (Godflesh, Jesu), bringing together the worlds of ambient and metal into one magnificent unyielding composition.