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We don’t get to talk about Pelican very much, because they’re not hugely active or prolific, but personally I hold them in very high regard, so the news that they are to release a new EP in April is very welcome.

Entitled Ataraxia/Taraxis, the four-track release will no doubt evince the ambient yet crushing atmospheres they are wont to create. Each track was also recorded in a different place, with engineer duties handled by two different people – Sanford Parker, a legendary Chicago producer and member of Buried at Sea and Minsk, who has worked with the likes of Twilight and Nachtmystium, and Aaron Harris (ex-ISIS) – which are as follows:

01. Ataraxia
02. Lathe Biosas
03. Parasite Colony
04. Taraxis

Ataraxia/Taraxis will be with us on April 10th through Southern Lord. In support, Pelican will be heading out on a two-week run of dates in Europe and the UK:

4/06/2012 Dunk! Festival – Zottegem, BE

4/07/2012 The Garage – London, UK w/ Chelsea Wolfe

4/08/2012 Vudu Club – Birmingham, UK w/ Chelsea Wolfe

4/09/2012 Brudenell Social Club – Leeds, UK

4/10/2012 Stereo – Glasgow, UK

4/11/2012 The Ruby Lounge – Manchester, UK

4/12/2012 The Haunt – Brighton, UK

4/13/2012 The Cooler – Bristol, UK

4/14/2012 Roadburn Festival – Tilburg, Netherlands

4/15/2012 La Maronquinerie – Paris, France

4/16/2012 Jubez – Karlsruhe, Germany w/ Tombs

4/17/2012 Bad Bonn – Dudingen, Switzerland

4/18/2012 Magnolia – Milan, Italy

4/19/2012 Feierwerk – Munich, Germany w/ Tombs

4/20/2012 Cassiopeia – Berlin, Germany w/ Tombs

4/21/2012 Nosturi – Helsinki, Finland

As one of the few post-metal bands that truly prick up my ears, and particularly in the absence of contemporaries ISIS, I’m pretty stoked for this one. Keep an eye out for my review closer to the time.

– CG

Although not technically label-mates, Chicago-based post-metal outfit Pelican share their Hydra Head Records home with Godflesh main-man Justin K, Broadrick for his solo work and side-projects, and indeed have collaborated with him a number of times, including on this remix for Pelican’s March Into The Sea EP:

The point of this little history lesson is to inform you that, as The PRP reports, both outfits are somewhere along the road towards putting out new releases.

Speaking with Decibel, Brit Broadrick (that has a nice ring to it doesn’t it?) confirmed that, whilst busy, writing is occuring – slowly – and we could see something from the godfathers of industrial and post-metal within the next twelve months.

“I guess because I’ve had my son, it’s slowed things down a bit for us. I mean, Ben Green got married last year and he still holds a very good job, so he’s very busy, we’re both very busy but we have a lot of ideas.

Also, there’s no way we’d approach a new record just to milk the new-found popularity of Godflesh. I mean, it could take another year before we release something, and even the intitial impact of the reformation could have subsided by then, but that’s kind of meaningless, really, it’s just making another really good, cold and bleak record.”

Pelican, meanwhile, are already in the studio with former ISIS drummer Aaron Harris, tracking the beats for an as-yet untitled release, who was speaking via his blog. No other news on that, but colour me excited.

Good times, yo!

- CG

Well, when they broke one year ago they said Wavering Radiant wasn’t going to be their last release, and they weren’t lying. The band today announced a quick succession of live albums to be released at two week intervals, starting as soon as May 31st!

This is excellent news, coming the day after news of ex-members Aaron Harris, Jeff Caxide and Bryant Clifford Meyer released news that they were demoing tracks together for an as-yet unnamed project.

The digital releases begin with ISIS Live I 9.23.03, a four-song, forty-minute recording from a performance at The Fillmore in San Francisco. Other performances include ones in Stockholm, Alberquerque, Boston, L.A., New York, Philidelphia, and one that is very close to me – London – because I was fucking there. Details are as follows, but this last album is of Oceanic in its entirety. It was one of the first metal shows I went to (seven long years ago, in July 2006), and I can safely say it solidified my love of heavy music. They were amazing.

Details are as follows:

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