"We are a fucking triumphant band," declares the official Web site of instrumental metal enforcers Pelican
. And with fucking triumphant song titles such as "Bliss in Concrete" and "Spaceship Broken Parts Needed," who can argue? The Chicago quartet alternates doom-and-grind metal blasts with melodic roundabouts on its upcoming Hydrahead LP, City of Echoes
(due in May). The band's all-ears approach appeases hardcore, emo and indie kids in equal measure, laying down eardrum-endangering headphone adventures undisturbed by pesky vocalists.