March to the Sea is the second EP released by the band Pelican. Released in 2005, this EP features only two songs, both of which are instrumentals. The first is “March to the Sea” and clocks in at 20 minutes. The second is “Angel Tears” which is just over 12 minutes long.
When I first heard, “March to the Sea” I was totally blown away. It had a sludgy feel to it, but yet, it also had a Prog feel to it. It was something that I never heard before. It was different, hard, fast with lots of changing tempos, leads that reminded me of a musical journey, that had no ending.
The production on this EP is exceptional. The musicianship is amazing. The level of music here, surpasses what I’ve heard before. It was something that the music world had been missing for years. The guitar work of Trevor de Brauw and Laurent Schroeder-Lebec is a work of genius. The bass lines by Bryan Herweg are exceptionally great. The drum work of Larry Herweg on the album is beyond great.
“March to the Sea” begins with the guitar followed by the drums. Feedback enters the picture and the pounding of bass is clearly heard. Then at the 2:00 minute mark, there is a tempo change where the music begins to settle down and then all of a sudden the double bass drums come at you from nowhere. Then the tempo speeds up a tad. By the 3:30 mark, the song again begins to wind down. Then comes the leads, which are are amazing. By the 6:30 mark, there is another tempo change, and the music becomes more aggressive, then slows down with the drums and a light and soft lead enters. By the 10:00 minute mark, the music is like steroids and then spirals out of control. By the 12:00 minute mark, feedback followed by the sounds of the acoustic guitar slow the music down as if it crash landed. From there, the song continues in that fashion. It truly is an amazing piece of art.
“Angel Tears” is a remix version from Pelican’s 2003 debut, Australasia. This song has a lot of Sludge influence and isn’t as aggressive as “March to the Sea.” It’s a more relaxed song with lots of atmosphere. It’s a good song, but, it’s not as good as “March to the Sea.”The only reason I gave this EP a 100% is because of the song “March to the Sea.”