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Ataraxia/Taraxis (EP)

by Pelican
Ataraxia/Taraxis by Pelican
Released: Apr 2012
Label: Southern Lord
A year and a decade after Chicago's mum-mouthed metalgazers debuted with a four-song EP, they make another one -- the main differences being that (1) there are no super long compositions this time out and (2) in 2001, new age post-rock metal seemed a potentially fresh take on the old loudness, whereas by 2012, let's just say it had been done a few times. Ataraxia/Taraxis starts chimey, spacey, fuguey and foghorny, then gets marginally heavier as it goes. Titles address freedom from worry, living life inconspicuously, eye inflammation and one "Parasite Colony" -- and perhaps the sounds do, too.
CHUCK EDDY

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