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METRIDIUM FIELD

Giant Squid

Experimental/Post Metal


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chamberry
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4 stars Giant Squid is an interesting band that's alone at what they're doing. A unique band that manages to sound fresh and innovative within the realms of the prog metal genre. Take the crunchy guitars from the post-metal genre, but milder; the vocals from System of a Down, but less crazy; the pomposity of prog bands (psychedelic Hammond organ included) and add some couple more things to the mix and you'll get Giant Squid.

Metridium Fields is a pseudo-eclectic album that has different themes and styles mixed in the album. Of course, the main theme here is sea creatures and all things related and they manage to emulate the ocean's atmosphere quite nicely (like Jackie's vocals sounding like a siren or guitar riffs giving impressions of the waves). To help create this they used instruments like the theremin, banjo, trumpet, cello and a variety of keyboards that also help make the album a diverse and more colorful experience. The vocals here are a major role in the emotional department, they're very eloquent and melodramatic. The duos of Aaron and Jackie are just as good as the ones heard in Grayceon (it isn't much of a surprise since she's a member of Grayceon as well). Just like the vocals, the music here is emotional first and complex second (or third...) so it makes for an accessible listen that many people will greatly enjoy.

By the end of the album every song seem to be just perfect with little or no flaws at all, pompous and just plain good, but sadly the album looses some steam in the 20 minute "Metridium Fields". It isn't a by any means a bad song, but it overstays its welcome. I don't mind repetition at all, but the song doesn't really fits the tempo or mood of the album. Personally, I wish it would've been a bit shorter, the album would've been a real winner.

Don't let the previous remark discourage you, this is still one heck of an album worth listening. Fresh and innovative prog metal that's easy to appreciate and hard to put down. It's quite hard to describe their music in words so I left out many of the things that makes this album so good, but if interested feel free to give Giant Squid a listen, you won't be disappointed.

3.8 - 4 out of 5

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Posted Saturday, August 04, 2007 | Review Permalink
Prog-jester
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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!

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Send comments to Prog-jester (BETA) | Report this review (#138833)
Posted Monday, September 17, 2007 | Review Permalink
Finnforest
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3 stars Rough waters and what lurks below the surface (insert evil laugh...)

Metridium Field is a dark and heavy slab of music featuring sounds meant to convey the murkiness of the subjects of deep waters: heavy guitars and drums, a teaming of harsh male and lighter female vocals, unique fringe instrumentations. The sounds of the core rhythm backing throughout brings to mind the slow rocking of "Kivitetty Saatana" from Alamaailman Vasarat. Different instruments and approach of course, but the mood of that song is the mood running through this album, and here it reminds me of the swaying of our ship on the rough sea.

"Neonate" begins with a crunching wall of sound as heavy as Sabbath but just as quickly pulls back into quieter sections with nice bass parts. The male vocals are pretty harsh although not growling, and accented by light female vocals. "Versus the Siren" starts with a wavy mellow lilt courtesy of some clean guitar, keys and soft drumming. Here the male and female vocals are both mellow. There is some interesting trumpet (I think) playing here as well. Halfway through they punch it hard and make the trumpet fight through some violent guitars before it settles again into a quieter section that ends the song with calm. "Ampullae of Lorenzini" features some nice vocals harmonies amidst alternating sparse sections (just bass and drums) and heavy sections (full throttle guitars.) As Ruben said the playing is not all that complex, especially the guitars and drums, but aimed more at achieving emotional atmospherics. The first half of "Summit" is just drop dead gorgeous with more lovely harmonies and sparse guitar, the second half is a mid-gear rock out. "Eating Machine" is an annoying one minute spoken dry-humor bit they dropped in, cute the first time but they should have realized that by the 20th play it gets awfully old. "Revolution in the Water" is very loud with some blood curdling screams and power chord assaults but is not all that interesting frankly. Then comes the big 20+ minute title track to make or break things. It starts slow and brooding with clean guitar over eerie human voices in the background. The guitar is picking slowly at some lovely notes as keys and a second guitar build in more density behind, but very gradually. At about 4 minutes the huge heavy main riff finally descends and we're now loud but moving at a slow, deliberate pace. This reminds me of Agalloch's sound. Various strange instrumentals and vocal styles will emerge from the fog for a brief appearance and then disappear back into it. But from that point at around 4 minutes until the end, you have nearly a continuous repetitive drone riff that will drive some people crazy, despite the embellishments going on in front of it and the slight fluctuations towards the end. Speaking for myself, it's not compelling enough to interest me for 17 straight minutes. By about halfway through this I'm ready to start painting the windows. Had this track stopped at about the 10-12 minute mark it would be a winner. It's not bad but just too damn long for what they have. The last minute concludes with a calm section.

"Metridium Field" is a pretty decent album that I could certainly recommend to fans of this genre although not much wider than that. The rhythm guitar sound seems pretty low-rent like the guy is playing through a really cheap distortion pedal/amp without many changes in dynamics. He's not a bad guitarist, I just don't like the sound. Big difference. The album is good for sure but it is not as accomplished as Pax Cecilia, not as polished as Agalloch, nor as deliciously melodic as Morningside. A respectable effort. 3 stars.

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Posted Wednesday, October 24, 2007 | Review Permalink
Dim
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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.

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Posted Thursday, November 22, 2007 | Review Permalink
sean
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4 stars Certainly not a masterpiece, but this album shows Giant Squid is certainly capable of making one in the future. The name Giant Squid is perfect for this band. Their sound is a massive, heavy, brutal one that maintains an air of mystery and darkness, juxtaposed with delicate sections that showcase the band's more melodic side. The music tends to be slow, though it does speed up at times, which provides nice contrast, unlike many bands who stay slow throughout the whole record or on the other hand, those that never slow down. The slowness of the music tends to make the riffs sound that much more brutal, a good thing considering that the bands lyrical topics for the most part deal with the deep sea, and much of the vocal delivery is of a tormented, despondent nature. The band does show a sense of humour though, such as the short track Eating Machine. This album could deter those looking for traditional prog rock/metal, who seek complex times and loads of solos. The progressiveness of this album lies in it's experimentation with sounds/textures and the atmospheres it creates. It certainly is a unique sounding album, and they use quite a few instruments not exactly common in the metal world. My favourite particular instance of this is probably the trumpet parts in Versus the Siren. None of the playing is overly complex or virtuostic, but the players are competent and certainly make things more interesting than most metal bands nowadays. The vocal delivery is interesting as well. Giant Squid features two lead vocalists, a male and a female, but they manage to avoid the generic pitfalls that most metal bands with that setup fall into. The male vocals for the most part are of a more anguished/harsh nature whereas the female vocals tend to be soft and delicate. However, there are moments where the male voice is soft and the female screams, so they do change it up a bit. Like I said, certainly not a masterpiece, but a promising beginning for one of the more unique bands I've heard. I'm certainly looking forward to what the future holds for Giant Squid.

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Posted Thursday, June 12, 2008 | Review Permalink
4 stars Love at first listen.

I sampled Giant Squid because of this site, and bought both of their albums immediately. Just a hunch, really, for my gut rarely lets me down. I've never been too keen on sludge/doom/black/death metal, mainly for the lack of instrument variation and the dreaded growling. Thank almighty for Giant Squid. They throw driving doomy riffs at you that are wrapped in beautiful acoustics and actually make the growling seem interesting, perhaps by limiting it.

Metridium Field is a fantastic listen throughout: heavy and light blended well. What tugs at me the most is the singing, which is usually the least important aspect on my good music checklist. The music here is good, but the singing enhances every aspect of its mood. The lead singer sounds a bit like Serj from System Of A Down, which, accompanied by the soft and pretty female vocals, is a perfect fit. I can't get enough of this album right now. I can't do a song by song review, for they all have they same quality of interest for me, just different shades of darkness. I will, however, say that the title track is the only repetitive epic that comes to mind that puts me in a trance. It is long and monotonous, but the background solos of different instruments at different times make the repeating hook even more intense.

It's Transylvania meets 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Turn out the lights, lay down, and put this album on nice 'n loud...it's the most peacful form of despair I've ever encountered.

4 very heavy stars.

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Posted Monday, February 09, 2009 | Review Permalink
Bonnek
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3 stars Metridium Fields is the debut album of the US band Giant Squid, a highly original gathering whose name brings both Giant Sand and Gentle Giant to mind. The music isn't really similar to those bands, but nevertheless it shares the rough and tattered desert vibe from Giant Sand and the highly eclectic mix of styles from Gentle Giant.

While the record easily impressed me at first, the attraction didn't last. The immediate attraction came from the unique sound of the album, created by mixing the brutal post-metal of Neurosis with more gentle indie rock touches, with the jazzy vibe of King Crimson's Islands album and a free experimental attitude. So it has all the ingredients to deliver an explosive cocktail. But?

The reason why I grew tired of the album is because it misses passion. No matter how intense the vocalist tries to deliver, the musicians leg a few leagues behind. At no point on this album do I hear anything interesting from the musicians. Especially the heavy guitars never go beyond stereotype Black Sabbath riffing. Also the drums are pretty basic. The soft guitars and accompanying instruments work better, but at its heavy moments this album is craving for a streak of fire.

Metridium Fields is a promising album but not one I kept playing a lot. Giant Squid returned with another album 3 years later (The Ichthyologist), where they brushed up the flaws of the debut and where their songwriting and sound works a lot more convincingly. I suggest you start there.

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Posted Thursday, April 08, 2010 | Review Permalink

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