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Giant Squid


Experimental/Post Metal

3.60 | 27 ratings

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4 stars My 400th review!!!

I’ve decided to find this album after getting GRAYCEON (whose cello player is a part of GIANT SQUID line-up). Ruben’s euphoric review made me even more interested, and here I am – writing my own one.

GIANT SQUID sounds very massive, just like PELICAN or RED SPAROWES, but closer to Post-Rock bands in terms of sophisticated music and its moods. I was trembling in fear hoping that vocals won’t be TOO harsh, because that’s the main problem I have with Post-Metal bands – I tolerate Black-Metal screaming and Death/Doom-Metal growling, but that moans and cries, that ISIS and CULT OF LUNA fans tend to regard as vocals, simply annoy me. Thanks Prog, Aaron sings very good, very emotional, somewhat really in Serg Tankyan (SYSTEM OF A DOWN) vein, but this comparison is valid only for two tracks (“Neonate” and “Summit”, both are among my favouritest ones on the record), other songs have quite another shades of vocal work (including Jackie’s beautiful vocals). Longer tracks have mellower atmosphere (like namesake epic, slowly building for 16 minutes to logical climax), some are even KAYO DOT-related (dreamy trumpet solo in “Versus the Siren” coda). GIANT SQUID is less chaotic and extreme than most Post-Metal bands and can be seriously recommended not only for Post-Rock lovers, but for anyone who’s interested in contemporary Prog’s progression :) Besides these guys are nice and communicative, rejecting any kind of snobbery towards themselves and their music. If Prog has future, is lies where GIANT SQUID, GRAYCEON, OCEANSIZE and some other modern bands dwell. Take this train and you won’t regret for sure. Highly recommended!

Prog-jester | 4/5 |


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