Posts Tagged ‘southern lord’
Posted on Sunday, November 24th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from ThisIsNotAScene: One always has expectations when listening to a new album by an established band for the first time. Chicago’s Pelican have a reputation for expansive oceans of sound that quite literally are the sound track to some gargantuan military like operation.
On first hearing Forever Becoming those distinctive swathes of sound are still pummelling the ears, but now they have an edge to them. Where once they may have been ethereal in their majesty, Pelican are now showing their teeth. The departure of founding guitarist Laurent Schroeder-Lebec, replaced by Dallas Thomas, may possibly have been the catalyst to spark this metamorphosis.
It has been argued elsewhere that by 2009’s What We All Come To Need, the band had hit a creative brick wall, too comfortable with their niche sound and content to meander. Whatever one’s feelings about this, the arrangement here seem cohesive and feed off many of the elements of their previous releases. Whereas other bands that are known primarily for instrumental sheets of guitar are possibly becoming more melodic in their approach, Pelican have gone back in to the garage.
‘Terminal’ is a lugubrious opener, which draws on an industrial like template to gain its’ atmospherics. It is not until you hear the demented progressions on ‘Deny the Absolute’ that you realise what the band have achieved here. It has tight momentum, an ominous riff and could be argued to be one of the most ferocious pieces the band has ever committed to release.
Posted on Sunday, November 17th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from Toxicbreed’s Funhouse: Here we have a split of absolutely epic proportions: the first new material from sludge powerhouse Noothgrush in over a decade, as well as two crushing contributions from Japanese death metal band Coffins, coming together to make up one of the most ludicrously heavy split […]
Posted on Wednesday, September 18th, 2013
Anticipation heightens as the release of Pelican‘s new full-length Forever Becoming (Southern Lord) draws closer and today we are thrilled to reveal another track from it. Hear the boldly beautiful song, ‘The Cliff’, using the Soundcloud widget below. The Chicago-based quartet, whose instrumental excursions to the confluence of caustic heaviness […]
Posted on Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
A Storm of Light will be making a welcome return, having graced the stage at a previous Roadburn Festival, and Josh Graham – STORM‘s main man – has also graced the Roadburn stages with Red Sparowes and Neurosis. A Storm of Light explores a similar sonic territory to that of […]
Posted on Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from About.com: Heavy Metal: Perhaps A Storm of Light mastermind Josh Graham is best known as the former visual artist for Neurosis, but the multi-talented Graham has now turned his focus exclusively to ASOL. Graham has taken everything he’s learned from previous experience and joined forces once again with […]
Posted on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
Southern Lord have announced the exciting news of their European expansion, starting with a European distribution office based in Amsterdam. Bringing faster and cheaper shipping and service (and the crushing noise that comes with it) to all its European customers and distributors (specifically, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, […]
Posted on Thursday, August 22nd, 2013
In celebration of its forthcoming studio release next month, Pitchfork hurls forth ‘Lifeless’, the eighth track off A Storm of Light‘s Nations to Flames, at THIS LOCATION. Nations To Flames will be released in the UK / EU via Southern Lord Recordings on September 30.
Posted on Wednesday, August 14th, 2013
‘Deny The Absolute’, a new track from instru-metal pioneers Pelican, can be streamed using the SoundCloud player below. “On this alternate version of “Deny The Absolute”, a song that appears on their new album the band’s latest, Forever Becoming (out October 15 via Southern Lord), they hit one of the most fevered […]
Posted on Monday, July 22nd, 2013
‘Fall’, a brand new song from A Storm of Light , can be streamed below. The track is taken from their forthcoming album Nations To Flames out 17 September via Southern Lord.
Posted on Tuesday, March 19th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Nails. Not often has a band been better named, this full-bore sludgy grindcore three-piece monstrosity is simply HARD AS NAILS. You may have come across them in 2010 as their Kurt Ballou-produced blunt force trauma of a debut album, Unsilent Death, got some pretty […]