The Chicago instru-metal crew regularly rewards patience with its well-crafted epics

Pelican's instru-metal compositions often have a spacious, airy quality, but the long-running Chicago quartet opens its most recent live album, Live at Dunk!Fest 2016, by mining earth on “Dead Between the Walls,” a menacing blast of rumbling percussion and bruising-but-precise guitar riffage that sounds engineered to level entire city blocks.

Over the course of five studio albums and a half dozen EPs, Pelican has exhibited both brains and brawn, crafting long, multi-part metal suites (“Perpetual Dawn,” off the 2013 album Forever Becoming) and acoustic asides like the delicate “Winds With Hands,” off of City of Echoes, from 2007, which comes on like a lost cut from the “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time” score. The band isn't much for brevity — songs regularly clock in at 10-plus minutes and sub-five-minute songs are roughly as rare as Cleveland Browns victories — but patience pays off on epics like “Red Ran Amber,” which feels tightly composed even as it stretches beyond 11 minutes.