First Listen: Pelican, 'Nighttime Stories'

On its first album in six years, the instrumental metal band has produced its most vulnerable yet overwhelming work to date.
Pelican's Nighttime Stories comes out June 7. Source: Courtesy of the artist

"Emotional" isn't usually the first word that pops up when discussing . For almost twenty years, the Chicago-based foursome has hosted excursions into the beautiful, bone-rattling boundaries of instrumental post-metal. The band's music is often as visceral as it is cerebral, but it's still largely abstract and, its latest full-length, Pelican has produced its most vulnerable yet overwhelming work to date.

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