City Of Echoes
‘City Of Echoes’, originally released in 2007 by Hydra Head Records, marked a paradigm shift for Pelican. Coming off the heels of the glacial ‘Australasia’ and their even more expansive and acclaimed follow-up, ‘The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw’, their third album is a study in precision.
Inspired by their non-stop tour schedule following ‘The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw’’s release, the quartet composed ‘City Of Echoes’ to be a lean powerhouse of non-stop melodic hooks and lurching rhythms that reflected the energy of live performance.
Guitarists Trevor Shelley de Brauw and Laurent Schroeder-Lebec trade crisp riffs that twirl in opposition before thundering together in monoliths. The sheer amount of potent interplay between the two, often borrowing from disparate edges of rock and metal at a whim before completely transforming, is mind-boggling. Bassist Bryan Herweg and rhythm section compatriot / drummer / brother Larry Herweg lock into a wider array of grooves than ever before. Their considered bedrock guides the band’s dynamics into some of the ensemble’s most tender moments as well as their most ferocious.
Recorded by Andrew Schneider at Electrical Audio Cover. Art designed by ISIS and SUMAC founder Aaron Turner, with photography by Robin Laananen.
STAFF COMMENTSBarry says: One of my favourite post-metal bands of all time, Pelican so seeing this beautiful LP again a full FIFTEEN years after its original release is a big treat. Churning grooves, walls of sound and cathartic, doom-laiden noise. Unlike 'The Fire In Our Throats...' and 'Australasia', we see a lot more melody and melodic-leanings on this LP, and though they were both classics, the lightening of the instrumental palette works wonders for them. Ace.
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