Pelican returned from a four-year hiatus last year with the release of Forever Becoming. The band’s members had taken time out to focus on other projects and jobs after a punishing touring schedule took its toll. Founding member Laurent SchroederLebec didn’t return, however, but Dallas Thomas from alt-rock outfit The Swan King has taken up the reins. Pelican has long been associated with the post-rock scene, and has been compared to acts such as Mogwai, Explosions In The Sky and even Godspeed You! Black Emperor. But while the band is instrumental and exploits the building song structures associated with the genre, Pelican is a heavier prospect that more often veers into metal territory.