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Pelican - Ataraxia / Taraxis

Kyle Ellison
Kyle Ellison 26 March 2012 at 15.14

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It's been a damn long while since we've heard from Pelican. Good to see they haven't lost their charm, then...

While Pelican haven’t been particularly prolific of late, the Illinois quartet still pack a post-metal punch more than capable of knocking out the competition. This brief addition to their canon might consist of just four songs, but it’s a potent reminder of why we love them. Heavy, expansive guitar patterns form the two songs at the core of the EP, bookended by the ominous acoustic-led title-tracks ‘Ataraxia’ and ‘Taraxis’. It’s the crunching doom of ‘Parasite Colony’ which is most impressive though, swaggering as it does with the vigour of a band still at the peak of their powers. Welcome back, gents.

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