Boomkat Product Review:
The deluxe edition of Pelican's 2005 album The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw.
"Newly remixed and remastered, featuring special bonus rarities including an early version of “Red Ran Amber,” (previously only available on a split with MONO) and demos of “Autumn Into Summer,” “Last Day of Winter” and “Sirius”.
The album arrives with a fresh mix by its original engineer Greg Norman and mastering by Josh Bonati, imbibing the songs with a new ferocity while also granting increased clarity, highlighting the developing interplay between each member. The refreshed mix brings an additional punch to the rhythm section, bolstering the brightened melodicism and interlocking riffing between guitarists. The more articulate presentation of the album showcases the power of each individual player while buttressing Pelican’s distinct sound as a unified force.
Following the heavy riffing bombardment of Australasia, The Fire In Our Throats showcased the group’s compositional deftness via the addition of increasingly complex melodic layers. “Autumn Into Summer” showcases Pelican’s unique sense of rhythm and cadence, with subtlety and gentle gestures one moment and thunderous full-stomp ferocity the next. The simplicity and romance of “Aurora Borealis” demonstrates how completely the band had harnessed their potential to make affecting music without defaulting to mountains of distortion or booming percussion. “Sirius” bursts with a hopefulness and sense of joy rarely exhibited in heavy music, whereas “March to the Sea” embraces the darker tropes of metal and twists them into knottier, more nuanced webs.
Across the album’s hour of runtime, not a single moment is wasted. Each passage exudes an emotional depth, a sense of wonder and awe that few artists tap into in their oeuvre."