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Untitled EP
Hydra Head Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Hmmm, an album of instrumental music from a Chicago bandů could it be post-rock? Is it possible that this CD will be full of intricate time changes and jazz-inflected instrumentation? Will there be soft moments and loud moments, and are any of the members affiliated with Tortoise? The answers regarding Pelican's new EP are no, no, no andů no. These Hessians have more in common with Helmet than Don Cab. They have probably listened to more Black Sabbath than Bitches Brew and methinks they prefer Bud in a can to import bottles.

The EP itself consists of four relatively indistinguishable tunes in which the low E string is tuned way down to a D. Chunky metal riffs are purposely forced upon you, engaging the listener in some serious aural sex. "Pulse" kicks things off with a distortion moment that could be called spacey before the drums kick in. And when they do, well, the anticipation is slightly better than the reality. The last track, "The Woods," is virtually the only moment of downtime on the record, with simultaneous bass and guitar mufflings keeping time before the smashing begins once again to rock you to the ten-minute mark. Everything in between these songs exists in a muddy, sludgy swamp of overpowering ampage.

Pelican aren't creating anything particularly great or innovative here, but they aren't bad at what they are doing. It's sort of interesting to listen to a band who probably worships Godflesh and the occasional dark moments of Kinksi and wants to rock like it's 1994. Hydra Head has certainly released some gems, like the recent Botch swan song. This EP won't elevate to that category, but it might piss off your granny.

Reviewed by Jonah Flicker
Jonah Flicker writes, lives, drinks, eats, and consumes music in New York, via Los Angeles. He once received a fortune in a fortune cookie that stated the following: "Soon, a visitor shall delight you." He's still waiting.

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