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Giant Squid


Experimental/Post Metal

3.60 | 27 ratings

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3 stars Giant squid, the prog rock band, with post metal tendancies. This album is actually really fun, it's hard for me to give it three stars, but their still trying to find their sound on this one, which leads me to beleive that their next album will be around the status of a maasterpiece. My favirote part about this bad is how accesible it is, and at the same time highly experimental, and unpredictable. One song can be an upbeat song with a horn solo, the next can be a very soft song, on the virge of a climax, but never hits it.

Like I said, the album is unpredictable, there is no flow or attitude to the album. Every song stands out, therefore making it very hard to take in one sitting, and even harder comprehend upon first listens. Now, if you want to know how the album is on a musicians level, the electric guitar harmonies are very post metalish, the drumming is very simple rock, not a lot of double bass, but also maintain a kind of metal edge to them. Then theres the multiple keyboard players, and horn players, which make themselves very hearable, but usually stay in the backround. There are a couple of solo's by both instruments, some even with ensembles. If you are looking for these instruments, versus the siren, and metridium feild are the ones in which they are most prevelant. The vocals are probably my favirote part of this band. The lead singers voice kinda reminds me of the twenty first century Peter Hammil, his voice go's where ever it wants, and it's always a lot of fun to listen to. There are at least five other singers, the females is especially good, while the other male ones are very very low. Now, the song kind of follows the trend of not following a trend until the last song, metridium fields, IMO one of the most disapointing epics I've evr heard. Actually the first ten minuetes are actually quite good, typical prog rock jam sessions and lyrics until they get into this kid of post metal riff... and thats it, for ten minuetes, the same riff OVER AND OVER! I mean, I can take four, hell, maybe six minuetes, but not for ten. Some keyboard and horn solo's try to fill up the blandness, but they can only do so much. I think this was a case of a young band dreaming big, but not knowing how to fulfill it... yet.

So, Although the last song was absolute disapointment, there is no reason to blow this band off. I gurentee you this group has a future on this site, they just didnt get off on a masterpiece album, which is completely understandable. One last note, if your looking for 100% pure post metal, this is not it. The genre this band is labled under is very misleading, it's the only one thats fits their sound close enough. So dont be disapointed when you dont hear a lot of post, metal, or post metal. 3 stars.

Dim | 3/5 |


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